Samos


Samos is quite a touristy spot these days. Thanks to direct charter flights from northern Europe tourist numbers grew considerably. The island is well known for its nice beaches and good hiking. While you are there visit the Archaeological Museum.

Quite interesting is the so called Evpalinos-Tunnel. It is a remarkable piece of engineering. It is 1036 metres long and was built as a water pipe. To save time workers started digging at the both sides of the mountain at the same time. Both ends had to meet in the middle of the mountain and they did. 2500 years ago that was quite an achievement.

Another famous thing on Samos is the wine. It is very sweet and incredible strong. 15% is not unusual for a proper Samos wine. Go easy on that stuff.

Corfu from the sea
Picture: marekz99 - Fotolia.com

The most famous son of the island was Pythagoras the mathematician. His famous theorem about right-angled triangles. In case you forgot: a + b = c the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the legs of the triangle (cathetus).

Corfu from the sea
Picture: Niklas Kratzsch - Fotolia.com

Getting to Samos: During summer there are plenty of direct charter flights to Samos. Other than that there are daily flights to Athens and twice a week to Thessaloniki. Since Samos is quite far away from Athens there are only two ferries a week. They stop in Mykonos, Paros and Naxos so you can also go from there. Another ferry goes from Samos to Chios and during summer there is a daily connection to Kusadasi on the Turkish mainland.

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