Samos is the island of legend and beauty.
The birthplace of great men.
Pythagoras, the great mathematician and philosopher. Founder of music theory and modern mathematical thought.
Aristarchus, the astronomer. The first person to propose the heliocentric theory, about 2300 years ago.
The mythical birthplace of goddess Hera. Herodotus considered her temple in Heraion as ‘the greatest and most imposing temple in Greece’. UNESCO included the temple and the broader archaeological site of Pythagoreion among the World’s Cultural Heritage Monuments.
The island where the philosopher Epicurus, the author of the famous fables Aesop, the philosopher and general Melissus spent most of their lives.
Samos town is the capital of Samos. The municipality comprises four municipal units Vathi, Karlovasi, Pythagoreio and Marathokampos and a number of picturesque coastal settlements, beautiful mountainous and verdant midland villages. The population of the island is 32.997 inhabitants (2011 census).
Samos, the largest island in the region, is mountainous with a coastline of about 140 km and area of 476 km2. Two mountains dominate the landscape: the rough and rocky Kerkis reaching 1443 meters in height, and the verdant and fertile Ampelos (or Karvounis) 1160 meters in height. There are few plains. The largest one is that of Chora, in the south of the island. There aren’t any rivers, just torrents, small streams and plenty of springs.
Samos is a place with lush vegetation. The virgin natural landscape is made of colors and light. And every step taken by the visitor is a revelation. Whether one finds himself in the majestic mountains, or in caves, gorges and ravines, the environment of Samos reminds of Greek mainland in miniature. Over 1400 species of rare plants, many of which are endemic, and dozens of bird species, will accompany the visitor’s steps.