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The mythical birthplace of the goddess Hera, Samos is the greenest of the Aegean islands and surely deserves its divine reputation. Nature lovers and sun-seekers alike are attracted to its pebbled beaches, green landscapes, and impressive rocky cliffs. The island is also renowned for its vineyards and is home to the impressive ruins of the Temple of Hera, as well as the remarkable Tunnel of Eupalinos, a feat of ancient engineering that once supplied clean drinking water to the people of Pythagoreio.

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Tunnel of Eupalinos
Pythagoreio, Samos

Perhaps the greatest testament to the scientific genius of Samos' golden age is the 1,036-metre-long Tunnel of Eupalinos - an aqueduct and service tunnel built in 524 BC. This incredible feat of ancient engineering claimed the lives of many workers, but brought vital drinking water to the inhabitants of Pythagoreio, then a metropolis of 80,000.

The Heraion
Ireon, Samos

Although today only some ruins remain, this 6th-century temple dedicated to the goddess Hera (the wife as well as the sister of Zeus) was once four times the size of the Parthenon in Athens. The road leading to the site from Pythagoreio was once lined with impressive statues that led the way to the temple.

Balos Beach, Ormos Koumeikon, Samos

Hidden in the corner of the beautiful bay of Balos, up a narrow and winding path from Balos Beach, Stella is a restaurant that specializes in exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented Cypriot delicacies. The surrounding area is lush and refreshing, and the restaurant's stunning garden setting adds to the overall dining experience.

Lakis Restaurant
Pythagoreio, Samos

Located in Pythagoreion, this no-frills restaurant specializes in fabulous Greek cuisine at very reasonable prices. The hospitable and friendly staff generously offer complimentary desserts and ouzo, adding to the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Seafood is the restaurant's speciality, but the Chicken Souvlaki is a must-try dish that comes highly recommended.

Kallisti Gallery
Lykourgos Logothetis 55, Pythagoreio, Samos

Kallisti Gallery showcases the best of contemporary art and home decor from Greek designers and artists, including hand-made gold and silver jewels and art objects, intricate sculptures and glasswork, and very artful trinkets and knick-knacks to complement any room.

Join Greek Art
59 Logotheti Likourgou, Pythagoreio, Samos

Join Greek Art could technically be called a souvenir shop, as it sells Greek-themed T-shirts and knick-knacks, as well as jewellery and other accessories, but far from being tacky, everything on offer is classy, elegant and stylish, offering truly Samian gifts.

Passport / Visa

Greece can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit Samos, Greece

Samos experiences its peak season from late spring to early fall, spanning from April to October. During the winter months, the island enjoys mild weather conditions, although there may be occasional wind and rain.

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