Last week we had the opportunity to go away for a couple of nights, thanks to the kindness of neighbours looking after the animals. After searching on line we found that there are direct flights with sky express to several different islands, one of them was Samos.
The flight timings meant that we could make the most of the trip and have 3 whole days exploring the island.
Arriving early in the morning on Wednesday we collected a hire car and headed straight to the port town of Pythagorian. Named after Pythagoras you can find out more about his link to the island here.
There was plenty of parking at the end of the port, we had breakfast, a wander around and a chat with the locals about politics.
It’s a beautiful town set around a large harbour, with yachts and day tripper boats.
With a history dating back to ancient Greece with ruins to visit. The buildings you see around the harbour were influenced by Byzantine, Turkish and Venetian rulers.
One of the first things we noticed about Samos were the red tiled roofs, mountains and how green the island was. Also how close it is to Turkey. At the narrowest point, the Mycale Straight, there’s just over 1.6km between them.
We took the route through Chora, Mytilini towards Vathi and Samos. The capital of the island, Samos town, looks like an interesting place to walk around, but there wasn’t time on this trip. After getting lost in the one way system and driving down some very steep narrow streets we then headed to our hotel.
The Kerveli Village Hotel is just above Charavgi bay. Driving through the village of Paleokastro and the hills if we were there for longer it would have been great to get out and look around. For now it was time to check out the hotel, relax and behave like we really were on holiday.
Set on a step cliff, there were lots of different levels to the hotel grounds. The garden was a little oasis with lots of shady spots to sit. We found several spots on the way down to the beach, where you can either swim from the shore line or off a jetty.
The whole place felt like a private retreat or something out of an Agatha Christie book, I expected Poirot or Miss Marple to appear at any moment. There was an understated elegance about the hotel.
That evening we decided to have dinner at one of the two tavernas in the village. The Krifi Folia was signposted off the main village road. It was a wonderful spot with views across the bay and out to Turkey. We had good home cooked Greek food with local wine and friendly service.
Then back to the hotel for an ouzo we were surprised to find a fountain had appeared in the swimming pool along with colour changing lights. It provided a great atmosphere at the pool bar. As the lights turned the water red I looked around to find out where Poirot was sitting!
The next day will be another post. Have you visited Samos? Where would you recommend to stay?