Samos Greece is one of the islands of East Aegean and lies relatively close to the Turkish coast.
It used to be a traditional Greek island and, at one time, boasted a long marble road lined with statues, but modernization has eliminated some of its former glory.
That said, it is still a wonderful place to visit, with miles of sandy beaches, towering mountains, and lush green forests.
Flamingos arrive there at certain times of the year, and bird watching is a principal activity; the native flora is colorful and makes an excellent subject for keen photographers.
The inland hills are well known for wine growing, the most famous being the hillsides around Vourholes, where Muscat comes from.
For adventurous types, Samos Greece is a paradise for rock climbers, and there are opportunities to undertake this activity all over the island.
The best place to go is on the Western side, where you find the Kerkis mountain range.
The highest peak is Vigla, which is 4,700 feet tall and is the highest peak in the Eastern Aegean.
The other activity Samos Greece is renowned for is caving.
There were more than 70 caves on the island at one time, some of them have now gone, but there are still plenty of caves to explore.
If you are an experienced caver, you ask any locals, and they will point you in the right direction.
If you do not wish to do this independently, there are excursions you can get to visit the various caves.
What To Do in Samos Greece
One of the more dangerous but adventurous things you can do in Samos, Greece, is visiting the Potami Waterfall.
It looks simple to walk along the path from Potami beach, but about 500 meters along the route, you have to go into the water, which is icy cold.
It is pretty shallow, but the ground under your feet is marshy, and you come across slippery rocks, so it is best to wear shoes.
Not for the faint-hearted, but it is worth it when you get to the magnificent waterfall.
There are endless opportunities to have fun and adventure on Samos as there are a wide variety of watersports you can take part in.
Diving is famous as the Aegean Sea has such lovely underwater sites and colorful fish. If you prefer to stay above the water, you can sail around the island, do sea kayak, windsurf or kitesurf.
Samos is an excellent place to windsurf due to the reliable summer winds.
There is a large windsurfing center at Kokkari on the island’s northern coast where the wind blows from the left side-shore giving some excellent free-ride conditions.
The mountainous backdrop makes it one of the most attractive windsurfing venues globally, and this backdrop causes regular afternoon thermals.
Samos is a large island, and there is plenty to see and plenty of activities you can undertake.
One of the fascinating things to do if you are not claustrophobic is visiting the Tunnel of Eupalinus, which is considered one of the eighth wonders of the world.
Initially, the aqueduct served the ancient City of Samos Greece, but it is now dry, and you can wind your way through the vast underground tunnel.
The Greek Goddess Hera was supposedly born on Samos, and you can find peace and tranquillity wandering around the Heraion Sanctuary.
It is now ruined, but there is plenty to see and great views of the mountains.
Some visitors have even found it quite spooky, making them imagine ghosts from days long by.
When you visit this site, you will come across a magnificent example of ancient engineering in the form of the Eupalinian Aquaduct.
As well as Hera Samos is also the birthplace of the maths genius Pythagoras and his name lives on in the Pythgoreion, which is open to the public.
In ancient times Samian wine was produced on the island, and it is still made today, so you cannot leave Samos without tasting a sample.
Samos is well worth visiting with hot rainless summers and mild winters and a contrast of ancient and modern, turquoise blue seas, magnificent mountains and unusual caves.
Trekking Samos Greece Potami Waterfalls
An exciting and refreshing route. You can go against the current from the beginning at the “cross-section” where the many stairs that lead to the tavern begin, or you can climb up all the stairs, pass through the top of the hill tavern, go down again and start from there.
This alternative is for less experienced climbing up at very slippery wet rocks (these are the first 100 mt). From there, you will find points where you need to swim to climb up, climb up with ropes (few meters), etc. It’s amazingly refreshing…
Then you can come down the same way. There is no need for a diving suit (for the cold), but you need to wear trekking shoes or trekking sandals to avoid sliding and have a firm foot on the rocks like most of the route you walk through is shallow to deep water.
You will enjoy it a lot and meet lots of people of different ages going up and down. Water temperature (August 23rd) is cool to warm and not cold.
The whole route is under shade. Enjoy the photos.