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Samos

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  • Day545

    Samos, Pithagorio

    October 12 in Greece

    Well the trip North was a bit unpleasant fortunately we were headed straight into it so only nodding dog action no swaying side to side, I was still very pleased to see the harbour. We anchored off the beach for a couple of nights before moving onto the Town quay, we moved because we had booked on to a tour of the Eupalinus’ tunnel at 8:30 in the morning the only time slot available and we needed to ride there. Pithagorio is yet another lovely town it is touristy and in season is probably unbearable but now it’s quiet lots of locals still around but businesses are cleaning and tidying prior to closing for the winter. We have been active since we arrived riding to Samos town, only because iPad lied and told us it was a 5mile ride it was actually 14.5km and most of it was up on the way there. Samos Town is not attractive but we were able to buy a new float switch for the shower pump and a loaf of GF bread for John. On the way back we walked up through the winding alleys of Vathi the old town of Samos which was a lot more attractive but steep before a fairly easy ride down to Pithagorio. We have also visited the Castle, Church and ruins here in Pithagorio as well as riding to the remains of Hera’s Temple to the West, not much to see there although in its day largest temple in Greece apparently.
    Today after our walk along the famous tunnel photos on next post, we decided rather than just walk back along the tunnel we would first try to walk to the spring source, fail, and then take the land route around back to the tunnel entrance. We achieved this but had to walk through a front yard of a fortunately empty home. We also decided we had to visit the stone tower but did we use the official route no we decided to find our own so a number of scratches and scrapes later we made it to the tower.
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  • Day545

    Pithagorio, Eupalinus' Tunnel

    October 12 in Greece

    The Tunnel is impressive it’s just over a kilometre long and was built in 6th century BC to bring water to the ancient town from the spring source near the north entrance to the tunnel through the hill using clay pipes to reservoirs and fountains in the ancient town near the southern entrance. It was hewn out of the limestone from both ends simultaneously and there is only a small diversion internally where the two groups met. It was in use for 1100 years and only abandoned when pipes became to calcified to use.
    Tomorrow we are going site seeing to see other ruins on the island and no doubt some more churches!
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  • Day546

    Samos by car

    October 13 in Greece

    So we hired a car to do what we thought would be a full tour of Samos, we were mistaken the roads were very winding and in some places scary narrow so journeys took a lot longer than expected. We were lucky we were out of season so never met anything coming the other way! We hired the car 17:00 Friday eve and drove along the main road towards Samos Town, the same one we had ridden, but stopped at the Lidl and did a fairly major shop sticking up on essentials like toilet roll and beer? On Saturday morning we west headed along the coast past the airport and to Ireon, famous mostly for Hera Temple and its sandy beach but as overcast and nearly desserted it was a bit depressing. From here we traveled inland past Sarakinis Tower. Then we started uphill first to Pagondas then around and around the headland to Spatharei. We picked up a local lady just after the tower and took her to Pagondas she was very grateful we think, lots of ‘Efaresto’s’ it would have been a serious walk. Just before Spatharei is where the road went from 2lanes with central line to just about 1 car wide it stayed like that till Pyrgos where we had a walk around a nearly deserted town, we scrumpped some grapes outside the shell of an old church, walls but no roof that had a little chapel in it, and saw lots of cats. From here we headed inland and road got narrow again and across towards Karlovassi but we stopped off in Platanos, in the middle of the wine district, for coffee and to admire the amazing view we also saw the ancient laundry here before winding our way down to the port at Karlovassi for, by then a late lunch. Service was a little slow so over 1 1/4 later but having eaten a lovely meal and fed some cats, we were on our way again, east this time back towards Samos town we had hoped to stop for ice cream in Kokkari but no time, then across the island back to Pythagorio. We had hired the car for the day which means 24hours, and managed to return it with 10 mins to spare. Samos is one of the greenest Greek islands we have seen it’s water is from springs that originate in Turkey, but the reservoir levels are low for this time of year so the locals are hoping for rain soon.Read more

  • Day547

    Fournoi, Quarry Bay

    October 14 in Greece

    From Samos east and south to Fournoi. It dawned on me that we are now sort of heading home. As we left Pithagorio we noticed a large inflatable against the ferry quay with a coastguard cutter and people crouched against the wall we assume they were illegal immigrants. That’s our first sighting we have seen wrecked boats and buoyancy aids on some beaches, from a while ago as very faded but that’s all.
    When we reached Fournoi we anchored in Quarry Bay not the most sheltered but safe enough and we visited the ancient quarry. The left over pillar pieces were a little big to bring home but John was tempted by the stone sink. The mix of rock types in one place was incredible. Next to Patmos.
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  • Day1

    Tsamadou beach, Samos

    July 28, 2017 in Greece

    I woke up in Samos today and began my week long exploration of the island by going to Tsamadou beach. This beautiful beach is organized and has several umbrellas to rent. There are a couple of cafes and restaurants as well. I am staying in Vathi, the capital of the island, and Tsamadou is a short 10 min bus ride away.

  • Day1

    Tonight for dinner we went to a "mezodopoleio" or a Greek tapas restaurant, Epikairo, in Vathi, the capital of Samos Island. We had eggplants Imam, domades, chicken with dates and fruit, octopus, and of course, ouzo.

  • Day15

    Tsasmadou beach

    July 28, 2017 in Greece

    Today was the first day in Samos. We went to a small beach, called Tsamadou. The beach was beautiful, composed of small, flat stones, that have been smoothed with time. The beach was organized, with restaurants that rented chairs and umbrellas. The crystal blue water was warm and slightly wavy. I really enjoyed my time there!

  • Day16

    Archeological Museum of Samos

    July 29, 2017 in Greece

    The Samos Archeological Museum, only recently inaugurated in 2010, is built in the center of ancient Samos beside a very important archaeological site. It hosts approximately 3,000 exhibits coming from the ancient city's cemeteries. The museum presents the history of ancient Samos from the 5th millennium BC to the 7th AD, along with the island's significance in antiquity.

  • Day2

    Today we visited the town of Pythagoreio to see the exhibits at the archeological museum in town. This museum is relatively new being built in 2010, and it is built next an important antiquities site. We were surprised to see the vast collection in this relatively unknown museum. The exhibits date back to approximately 6000 BC.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Nomós Sámou, Nomos Samou, Samos, Σάμος

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