Samos: Holidays

Tropical beaches, rolling mountains, pine forests and vineyards

Backpacking

Backpacking in Samos

The Greek Islands have long been a favourite location for backpackers, who hop on and off ferries to access the islands. Backpacking in Samos is no exception. In low season (October-May) you can bargain rooms down to as little as €20 for a double room in Samos Town. While high summer brings many package tourists to resorts around the pretty port towns of Vathi and Pythagorio, there is space too for independent travellers seeking to get away from it all. Samos boasts great beaches, hiking and coastal roads.

Late September is ‘off’ season for almost all beach resorts, which means that you won't have a problem finding cheap rooms. Check beforehand for small cities, as some hotels might be closed during low season. Greece is not hostel-orientated. There aren’t youth hostels in Samos. However, private rooms are the cheap alternative as are budget hotels, a few of which offer shared rooms or dormitories. Prices start from €14.
 

Beach

Beach in Samos

With 160kms of coastline to explore, beach lovers will be spoilt for choice. Wherever you go you’ll find beaches, ranging from little pebble bays to stretches of sand with sun beds for hire. Beaches on the north-east coast are backed by cliffs and pines and are very popular; they feature on many of the postcards.
In Samos Town (Vathi) there’s a small pebble beach, but for better beaches, head south to the ones at Kerveli, Possidonion or Psili Ammos. Psili Ammos is regarded as one of the best and sandiest beaches in Samos and boasts some beachside tavernas. Further round the coast is Pythagorio, the biggest resort in Samos. The beach stretches for several miles west of Logothetis Castle. Ireon has a popular pebble and sand beach, whilst the pebble beach at Kokkari on the north coast is particularly popular with windsurfers.

The best beaches for swimming, particularly for children, are on the island’s south-west coast. The north coast is fairly wild and unspoilt, so if you’re prepared to make an effort, you can find a secluded cove for yourself. Without a doubt the beaches in Samos are one of its main attractions. (Although not a beach, the waterfalls near Karlovassi are wonderful for swimming). Combine this with glorious, dry, sunny weather all summer, and Samos is a great beach destination. Take note: the water is lovely and clear, but cold until May.
 

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Samos

If you’re into history or ancient sites, then Samos is a dream place for a holiday. Highlights of the culture in Samos include Pythagoras’ cave, the temple of Hera, Logothetis Castle, the ancient theatre of Pythagoras, the tunnel of Eupalinos, the Folklore Museum and the Aegean Museum of natural history, to name but a few. Art enthusiasts will want to check out the Theriade Library as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Andros Town.

In addition to the archaeological wonders of the ancients, a culture and arts holiday in Samos offers 160km of beautiful coastline, a beautifully rugged mountainous interior offering walks, and lots of tasty local cuisine to sample. While most people stay in Samos Town (Vathi) and the major beach resorts, rural accommodation can also be found. There are direct flights from the UK, so it’s one of the more accessible of the Greek Islands.
 

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Samos

A honeymoon in Samos offers wonderful weather from May to September, a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget, 160km of coastline with lots of beaches, plus a wealth of heritage sights to explore in the unlikely event that you tire of your hotel! Food and drink is tasty and reasonably priced and there are direct flights to and from the UK. If you’re planning a winter wedding, it’s not ideal since there’s some rain from December to January. For sporty types there’s a wide range of water sports on offer, as well as hiking in the mountains.

If you get itchy feet, there are loads of boat trips to other Greek islands on offer, and you can even go on a day trip to Turkey to see the famous Ephesus. One word of warning – if you’ve got your heart set on the picture postcard sandy beach for your honeymoon in Samos, bear in mind that a lot of the beaches in Samos are pebbly, so double-check before booking.
 

Couples Holiday

Couples Holiday in Samos

A couples holiday in Samos offers wonderful, dry weather from May to September, a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget, 160km of coastline with lots of beaches, plus a wealth of heritage sights to explore if you tire of your hotel. Food and drink is tasty and reasonably priced and there are direct flights to and from the UK. If you’re planning a winter holiday, it’s not ideal since there’s some rain from December to January.

Many say that the best time to visit is mid-April to June, when the flowers are in bloom but the weather isn’t unbearably hot. There are lots of activities on offer in Samos. The main resorts offer a wide range of water sports and there are many pleasant walking and hiking trails to follow in the hills. There are some interesting shops to browse, offering lace, leather, rugs, ouzo and wine, among other things. If you get itchy feet, there are loads of boat trips to other Greek islands on offer, and you can even go on a day trip to Turkey to see the famous Ephesus.

One word of warning – if you’ve got your heart set on the picture postcard sandy beach for your couples holiday in Samos, bear in mind that a lot of the beaches in Samos are pebbly, so double-check before booking. Samos gets busy in high season, so make sure you book everything in advance if you intend to visit then.
 

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in Samos

A family holiday in Samos offers wonderful weather from May to September, a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget, 160km of coastline with lots of beaches, plus a wealth of heritage sights to explore if you and the children tire of your hotel. Food and drink is tasty and reasonably priced and there are direct flights to and from the UK.

Best of all, some of the larger hotels offer kids clubs, if you need a break from the little ones! If you’re planning a winter holiday, it’s not ideal since there’s some rain from December to January. There are lots of activities on offer for the whole family in Samos. The main resorts offer a wide range of water sports and there are many pleasant walking trails to follow in the hills. There are some interesting shops to browse, offering lace, leather, rugs, ouzo and wine, among other things. If you get itchy feet, there are loads of boat trips to other Greek islands on offer, and you can even go on a day trip to Turkey to see the famous Ephesus.

One word of warning – if you’ve got your heart set on the picture postcard sandy beach for your family holiday in Samos, bear in mind that a lot of the beaches in Samos are pebbly, so double-check before booking. Samos gets busy in high season, so make sure you book everything in advance.
 

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in Samos

If you’re looking for a sailing holiday in Samos, there is a sailing school in Limmon and a sailing centre in Samos Town (Vathi), where boats can be rented. Samos is a great place to sail because of its favourable winds and 160km of beautiful coastline. Sailing ships can be rented from SamosSail in Pythagorion and there is also the possibility of hiring a skipper if you don’t have a sailing license. Daily trips to Agathonisi or other beaches in Samos can be arranged. If you’d rather sit back and let someone else do the sailing, there are a multitude of boat trips on offer from Samos, to Turkey and lots of other Greek islands.

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in Samos

A holiday for anyone with a physical disability or restricted mobility could be a real challenge in Samos. Roads often have no pavements, many are unmade, and many are also unlit at night. There is quite a lot of building work going on too. Add to that a mountainous exterior and rugged coastline and it’s clear that Samos isn’t an ideal destination for people with disabilities.

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Samos

There are a couple of diving centres in and around the resort of Pythagorio and with 160km of coastline to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A scuba diving holiday in Samos offers wonderful weather from May to September, a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget and a wealth of heritage sights to explore if you tire of the sea. Local food and drink is tasty and reasonably priced and there are direct flights to and from the UK from May to September.

Hen Destination

Hen Destination in Samos

There are lots of advantages to a hen party in Samos. As a hen destination, Samos offers great weather from May to September, tasty local food and drink, direct flights from the UK, reasonably lively nightlife in Samos Town and accommodation to suit every budget. However, there are far less flights in to Samos than other hen party destinations. Party animals might also find the nightlife not quite raucous or fashionable enough for a hen celebration in Samos. It’s also worth bearing in mind that direct flights to and from the UK only operate from May to September.

Stag Destination

Stag Destination in Samos

There are lots of advantages to a stag party in Samos. As a stag destination, Samos offers great weather from May to September, tasty local food and drink, direct flights from the UK, reasonably lively nightlife in Samos Town and accommodation to suit every budget. However, there are far less flights in to Samos than other stag party destinations. Party animals might also find the nightlife not quite fashionable or raucous enough for a stag celebration in Samos. It’s also worth bearing in mind that direct flights to and from the UK only operate from May to September.

Hiking Activity Holiday

Hiking Activity Holiday in Samos

Samos is a very green island and is a haven for nature lovers. It has pine forests, fresh water springs, mountain villages, olive groves, deep gorges, vineyards and classical ruins. A relatively easy walk and a favourite among walkers is through the Valley of the Nightingales.

If you are visiting at the beginning or end of the season this is the time to hear them as nightingales only sing in cool temperatures. Because of the enticing combination of mountains and sea, Samos is a popular destination for walkers from all over Europe. Anything from a ramble to a demanding hike is on offer, particularly in the north of the island. Samos has an extensive network of cobbled mule tracks (kalderimia), particularly in the hills behind Kokkari.

Hikers will find plenty of shade, which is essential in the summer! The Vourliotes area is renowned for its walks and the breathtaking scenery across the area's vineyards. The best climbing field in Samos is just outside Karlovasi, near Potami. On the other side of the island, near the village of Drakaioi, there is a slope with a capacity of two or even three ropes. Near the village of Marathokambos, on the south-western side of Samos you can find the slopes of Mt. Kerkes which is the highest mountain in Samosi. This is the location of the oldest track, called ‘The Pythagorean Theorem’.

Walking and hiking paths for all experience levels can be found around the island. In a single walk you can see sea, the mountainous shores of Turkey, valleys and ancient ruins.
 

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in Samos

At present, only a couple of upmarket hotel resorts offer a luxury spa holiday in Samos. They offer luxurious accommodation with quality food and efficient service. A spa holiday or well-being holiday in Samos will include relaxing spa treatments such as massage, facial, hot tubs and saunas, with the inclusion of food and accommodation. To maximise your relaxation, you can enjoy the sunshine, 160km of coastline, the rugged mountainous interior impressive range of heritage sights on offer. If you need a bit of retail therapy after all that relaxation, there are lots of shops in Samos Town and the main resorts. Local specialities include wine, ouzo, honey, rugs and leather.

Touring - Driving holiday

Touring - Driving holiday in Samos

Whilst there’s no doubt that there are plenty of archaeological sites to see in Samos, not to mention the 160km of coastline, there are some disadvantages to embarking on a driving holiday in Samos. Firstly, it’s very hilly and secondly, the roads are in a poor state, with many pot holes. Roads can turn into pebble tracks without warning, and as a generalization, Greek driving is also regarded by some as rather dangerous at times. There are lots of car rental outlets, including those at the airport, the capital, Samos Town (Vathi) and at the major resorts. Prices start from €15 per day.

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in Samos

From December until February, Samos is cool and wet, which means it isn’t ideal for a winter holiday. The average high temperature gets down to around 12°C in January when the sun only comes out for five hours each day and it rains on twelve days in the month. Rain is at its highest in December, after which it decreases, although the sky often remains overcast. Average lows do not really fall below 5°C, but it can get down to freezing and frosts are not uncommon. So if you’re planning a winter holiday in Samos, be sure to check out the average weather conditions first before booking. It’s also worth bearing in mind that direct flights to and from the UK only operate from May to September.