In the North Aegean Sea, south of Chios and north of Patmos, you’ll find the island of Samos, a mountainous patch of land which is made world famous by the grapes growing here and the wine made from them. The fact that it’s also close to the Turkish mainland makes it a popular stopping point for Yacht Charter travelers between the two countries.
With its long history spanning out to ancient times, with old temples and resounding names such as Pythagoras connected to these shores, Yacht Charter tourists can expect an enriching historical experience while in Samos. Anything from Egyptian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks can be found here.
Travel & Arrival
Being closer to Turkey
, the main access route is by ferry from Kusadasi that travel twice a day, starting with May when the tourist season begins. During the off season, only one ferry leaves for Samos per day, with the destination point of Samos and Karlovassi, the two main ports on the island. There is also a ferry leaving from Piraeus
but the trip is significantly longer, from 8 to 14 hours depending on the port of arrival.
That is why some of the Yacht Charter adventurers might want to arrive by plane, via the Samos International Airport “Aristarchos”, just 4km west of the Pythagorion village. Despite an international airport existing on the island, most tourists that travel to Samos find it easier to fly to Athens
and then catch a connecting flight since these have a higher frequency (4 flights a day). There are also flights that connect Samos with Thessaloniki, Mikonos and Santorini
Avant & Apres Sail
Though the island is littered with vestiges of all the past civilizations that passed by here, none are more famous and more sought after by the Yacht Charter crowds than the Tunnel of Eupalinos and the Temple of Hera.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that Samos is just an open air museum, because there are also lots of lovely beaches for you and your Yacht Charter party to enjoy. The most popular is Gagkou Beach in Samos where you can sit on the beach, go diving water skiing and even fishing if you’re into that.
There are also a bunch of churches and monasteries scattered all over the island which are worth checking out, not only for their architecture but also for some of their customs, some of which are thousands of years old: Zoodohos Pigi, Agia Zoni, Panayia Vrontiani and Timios Stavros are but a few of the medieval churches that can be found around the major towns.
Shopping in Greece
is mostly about the local food since almost every Yacht Charter tourists wants to get a tast of real Greek olive oil and ouzo. But the locals offer you some other natural products to enjoy, such as honey, wine, vinegar, herbs and spices, not to mention all those delicious sweets, some with an oriental influence. Other products worth purchasing here are carpets and rugs, leather products, handicrafts and jewelry.
Being at the border between two great civilizations, Samos’s cuisine is a mixture of Greek and Oriental food, with a bounty of seafood recipes. The local specialty which is enjoyed by every Yacht Charter gourmand coming here is the gemista (tomatoes, peppers or egg-plants stuffed with rice). As far as fish specialties go, smoked herring, anchovy fillet and grilled cooked tuna rank aong the top three.
When it comes to night time entertainment, you’ll find that the island of Samos offers a variety of bars, coffee houses, discos, taverns and restaurants to suit all Yacht Charter tastes. Samos and Vathy hold the most bars and discos while Karlovassi and Pythagorion have restaurants, taverns and cafes with live Greek music. Most of the venues play a mixture of international and local music.
Actions & Events
The two main festivals on the island are Manolis Kalomoiris and the Wine Festival, but there are lots more happening all summer long, coinciding with the Yacht Charter season. The first of the two is a cultural festival, with music and theater, while the latter is an obvious celebration of the local wine brands.