Samos in Greece… It’s relaxing, there are wonderful beaches, and then there’s the WONDERFUL Doryssa Seaside Resort & Village.
How to get to Samos?
There is both a ferry port as well as an airport in Samos. Since there was no direct connection between Naxos and (Vathi) Samos, myself and Thomas took a ferry to Mykonos and stayed a day there before taking the very late after-hours ferry to Samos. I took a cold nap at the port benches, and it was one of the most painful sleeps I’ve endured so far. Those benches are not made for relaxation or comfort. There is a bathroom there, but it takes about 10 minutes to walk there as the port really is that big.
Beaches in Samos
Shallow beaches; Psili Ammos 1 (one of few sandy beaches on the island, absolutely wonderful, shallow for a very long stretch), and Doryssa Bay (pebble beach which gets deep before there is a shallow spot).
Beaches in Samos vary in size (some very small), and a lot of them are pebble beaches.
Area to explore
Most popular destination in Samos is Pythagorion, a World Heritage site protected by UNESCO.It is s close to the airport, but with the very few number of airplanes taking off and landing during one day it’s more an attraction in itself and not bothersome. There are restaurants, bars, and your typical tourist shopping opportunities here. The old own Ano Vathi is built like an amphitheater around the harbour.
I am a cat person, and the Greeks here love their cats. It pleased me a lot to see this.
Restaurants in the area did not meet up to our standards (we enjoyed better food in Naxos, Mykonos, and Santorini). We as usual relied on Trip Advisor, but for us that wasn’t reliable.
Lakis Restaurant with its emphasizing on more is more and chips on the side was as far from a culinary experience we have come while in Greek. We managed to be honest with the owner, who was very surprised. In fact; so were we since we overheard the other guests praising the food to one another. The ones we overheard were British, so maybe the ‘different-country-different-acquired-taste’ kicked in, but I prefer that the Greek serve me what they would home in their own kitchen; and I don’t think they serve chips there.
If in town you should visit the Lykourgos Castle and Church Metamorphose. While we were visiting there was a wedding inside, so we did not actually get to go inside, but it was interesting looking at the locals arriving for the dressed-up wedding.
The capital on the island and where most of the ferries come in. There is a long road with restaurants and shops, but does not look inviting. Very grey-ish place.
Where to stay in Samos
Possible excursions from Samos
*Boat trip to Ephesus, Turkey (buy ticket from a local agent)!
*Travel by ferry to Mykonos or Syros.
*Patmos (buy ticket from a local agent).