The whole of Greece in one island
Samos is one of the greenest islands in the Aegean sea. It is the birthplace of Gods, philosophers, mathematicians, historians and many personalities, which shaped our current way of being.
The diversity of nature and landscape gives you the feeling that you are having a glimpse of the whole of Greece. An unspoiled island regardless of the time of the year you visit, Samos has always many things to offer for those who are looking for pure, alternative, and close to nature's unique experiences.
The purpose of About Samos is to help you experience Samos as the locals do. We show you Samos, through the eyes of Samians. In order to do this, we provide you with Information, Experiences & Properties (including accommodation short and long-term options) so you can truly enjoy the nature and energy of Samos and create unforgettable moments, for you and your loved ones.
To help you get to know Samos, we divided our island into 8 regions. This is how most of the locals experience the island, as we take into account the weather (most of the time there is a light northern wind) and the time we have available. About Samos provides experiences, in every one of those regions, gives you recommendations and offers accommodation (options (rent & buy) in most of those.
At About Samos we support local causes, communities, and products to help our island economy. We follow our value of philoxenia, something that all Greek islanders are known for. We work with local people who love what they do, are knowledgeable, honest and share our values and pride for our island.
From the bottom of our heart, we wish you a great stay (short or long). Welcome to our island.
A bit of History
The economy of the island was very strong. In the ancient times, Samians had the strongest navy in the Greek world and Samian colonies span from minor Asia to Italy. The population of the island was back then was more than double what it is now.
Famous ancient Samians included intellectuals like Pythagoras, Epicurus, Aesop, Aristarchus and Herodotus.
Being the birthplace of Rhoecus, Samos is the home of the largest Kouros in the classical world. The temple of Hera is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There you can still see 1 out of 115 columns that used to stand.
Modern Samos is shaped by the fact that for the large part of the Ottoman ruling period, the island was deserted because of Pirates. It was re-habited with people from all over Greece in the 1600s. Dominant dialect, Arvanitika originates from the north of Greece, and it is unique to any of the other islands in Greece.
During the Ottoman period, the island was governed by the semi-autonomous Principality of Samos, until it joined Greece in 1912. Back then, the local products like Samos sweet wine (what Greek Orthodox use in Holi communion), Tabaco and Leather were exported as far as US and Japan.
Nature of Samos
Regarding nature, Samos is truly the whole of Greece in one island. Tall mountains, ancient forests, caves and distinct hiking routes and paths make you feel like you are somewhere lost in mainland Greece. It is the home of the tallest mountain of the Aegean Sea, mount Kirkis. The second tallest mountain, mount Karvounis, is the source of many naturals springs, and where you can find ancient forests with Black Pine Tree where the mightiest of the Greek Ships were made from, the Sameinas with their unique engineered hull design, still being copied today by most modern ships.
Samos was the birthplace of winemaking. According to Greek mythology, the knowledge of the art of winemaking was given as a present by god Dionysus to Samians, as a reward for saving him. Some of the oldest amphorae with wine ever found, come from Samos.
The beaches in Samos are unique, enough to please every taste. Pine trees shadowing sandy beaches, the turquoise waters of Kasonisi, the white rocks for dives like ¨the Big Blue¨ movie. There are many beautify pebble beaches with unique colors and sizes. You can still get your own beach here if you are willing to walk a bit and explore.
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