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 expanses and impressive rocky cliffs. The island is also famous for its vineyards, as well as being home to the ruins of the magnificent Temple of Hera , and a true marvel of ancient engineering, the 1,000-metre Tunnel of Eupalinos, which once brought 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 1,034-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

Though today only some ruins remain, this 6th-century temple dedicated to the goddess Hera 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

Up a narrow winding path from Balos Beach lies Stella, a restaurant that serves beautifully presented and expertly prepared specialties from Cyprus. The area is green and refreshing, and the traditional food is served with a contemporary twist in the beautiful garden.

Lakis Restaurant
Pythagoreio, Samos

Fabulous Greek cuisine is served at this no-frills restaurant in Pythagoreion. Prices are very reasonable, and the warm and welcoming staff is very generous with their free desserts and ouzo. Seafood is the specialty, and the Chicken Souvlaki 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 glass-work, 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) travelers 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

The peak season in Samos runs from late spring to early fall, from April to October. Winters are mild, with occasional wind and rain.

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