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Sámos is an attractive island that appeals to a wide variety of people, for different reasons. It is tucked up against the Turkish coast, not far from Ephesus, and a day trip there is one option for visitors. It’s a fertile island that is known in particular for its wine, and good Sámos dessert wine is found on restaurant menus around the world. It also has some good beaches that keep the sun worshipers happy, archaeological remains to appeal to the historians, and plenty of good walks for those who like the outdoors. Sámos Town is an appealing capital with a couple of interesting museums, and around the island are several monasteries, the ...

Sámos is an attractive island that appeals to a wide variety of people, for different reasons. It is tucked up against the Turkish coast, not far from Ephesus, and a day trip there is one option for visitors. It’s a fertile island that is known in particular for its wine, and good Sámos dessert wine is found on restaurant menus around the world. It also has some good beaches that keep the sun worshipers happy, archaeological remains to appeal to the historians, and plenty of good walks for those who like the outdoors. Sámos Town is an appealing capital with a couple of interesting museums, and around the island are several monasteries, the oldest being Vrondiani, founded in 1566. There are also a number of pretty little fishing villages as well as busier resorts. The second main town on Sámos is Pithagório, which is also a good place to visit, with a 19th-century castle and other more ancient remains, including Roman Baths and a very unusual ancient Greek aqueduct.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Situated in the eastern Aegean Sea, south of Chios, north of Patmos and the Dodecanese, and off the coast of Asia Minor.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    In spring for wildflowers, summer for beach lovers and autumn for the wine harvest