On the slopes of Mt. Ambelos are large pine forests which produced the best wood for the building of caïques. Lower down there are vineyards which produced the famous since ancient time Samian wine praised by Byron in The isles of Greece.
- 2682 - Kolpos Petalion to Nisos Nisiros
- 1537 - Nisides Fournoi with the straits between Nisos Samos and Nisos Ikaria
- 1568 - Ports & anchorages in eastern Agean sea: Limin Karlovasi, Limin Pithagoriou
- 1446 - Samos Strait to Güllük Körfezi
- G32 - Southern Sporades and Coast of Turkey
- 54400 - Samos to Rodhos
- 54389 - Fener Adasi to Samos Strait
- 54403 - Samos Strait to N. Kalolimnos
- 422 - Naxos to Samos & Opposite Coast of Asia Minor
The summer weather in Samos is dominated by the meltemi which comes from the NW. Usually it is a light breeze of force 4-5 in the early morning hours but as the day progresses it strengthens to 5-6 by the afternoon and subsides by sunset. However from middle June to mid Septembers you can count for the meltemi to become a gale of force 7-8 and occasionally 9. These gales usually last 3-4 days. From October to mid May the probability is equal for either northerly or southerly winds. Winds of force 10 are not uncommon in the winter months. Violent thunderstorms are also probable by late October to early May.
The channel between Samos and Fourni is notorious for very violent gusts and katabatic winds you can be at least one force point stronger than elsewhere.
See also Aegean Sea.
- Cruising the Samos Sea Islands
- Passages between Athens Region and Samos - Kusadasi
- N - S Passages in East Aegean
The approaches to the N side of the island are straight forward.
The approach through the Samos-Fourni channel should be cautious because, as noted above, violent gusts and accelerated winds can prevail.
The narrow Mycale channel between Samos and mainland Turkey has a current that sets to the E usually at 1-2 knots but at times it can reach 3-4. This can result in overfalls which, combined with gusts, can make the approach quite uncomfortable. But it is very seldom dangerous.
When approaching either ports of entry, Samos (Vathy) or Pythagorio, incoming from Turkey it is advisable to hail the Greek Coast Guard (Limenarchio) at VHF channel 12 or call them at +30 2730 23 318 (Vathi), or +30 2730 61 225 (Pythagorio).
The two ports of entry are:
- Coast Guard - VHF channel 12
- Olympia Radio - No signal in any of the harbors and coves
Also see Cruiser's Nets.
Key to symbols: || — Port of entry ||
Marinas & Yacht Clubs
Also see each Port listed above.
- There is a small Samos Yacht Club based in Vathi or Samos
The cove of Poseidonio or Moulebraim is maybe the best protected cove in Samos. Unfortunately the bottom is weed and loose mud which does not provide good holding. While the predominant winds in the summer are from the NW to NE, in the afternoon there can be strong gusts from the SE. The anchor may appear to be caught but with a strong gust it may drag. Always use 2 anchors.There is a private underwater mooring, belonging to Mr. Soutos one might use this mooring temporarily for a short time. There are two restaurants ashore: The one to the W, Kerketzos , and to the E, Dionysos , they usually have fresh fish. There, is also a small store with basic provisions. There is no transportation to town other than a taxi from Pythagorio (tel. +30 22730 61 450).
Klima is a cove just W of Poseidonio. It offers slightly less protection from the meltemi than Poseidonio but it provides better holding and it is another alternative. Anchor in 5-6 m over sand.There are two tavernas ashore, Kantouna is reputed to be good but the few times I ate there was disappointed.
Mourtia, Mikri, & Megali Lakka
Mourtia (Μουρτιά) is a nice sandy bay is at the foot of the Zoodochos Pigi Peninsula. It is pleasant anchorage but open to the S and E, and it is not good place to overnight. There is a small taverna ashore.
Mikri Lakka (Μικρή Λάκκα) [ ] is about 1 M S of Mourtia there is a nice deserted cove that affords fairly good protection from the meltemi. Anchor in 5 m over sand and some weed. Fairly good holding. The only distraction are wasps. This is an ideal place to watch the full moon rise over the mountains of Turkey.Megali Lakka (Μεγάλη Λάκκα) [ ] ) is about 500 S of Mikri Lakka is less isolated but it also affords fairly good protection from the meltemi.
Kerveli is a cove that offers better protection than Mourtia. Good holding. I have anchored here several times.
Note: The bottom is rather foul with lots trash including beer cans, oars, and tires. Also, at about 8-10 m depth there are some large underwater rocks that with variable winds can foul your chain.The kindest thing one can say about the waterfront restaurants here is that they are mediocre. However, a 10 minute walk along the uphill road brings you to the Η Κρυφή Φωλιά (The Hidden Nest) is a rather decent taverna.
Kolona is a lovely cove that takes its name from the cape just to its E. It provides reasonable shelter when the weather is settled. Good place for a swim. Sandy bottom, good holding.From here you can walk to Heraion.
The bay offers some shelter from the N wind but it is subject to strong gusts and it is exposed to the S.The sandy cove just E of Limnionas offers more privacy and better shelter. Anchor in 5-6 m depth. Excellent holding.
Mycale is a large bay about 1.4 nM east of Samos Marina. It well protected from the meltemi and has exceptionaly clear water.Anchor in 4-5 m depth. The bottom is sand and provided excellent holding.
Tsopela is an anchorage right across from the small island of Samiopoula. It is protected from the N and the NE but exposed to the S. With strong NW winds some swell enters the cove.During the day of the summer months it operates as a beach with umbrellas and all and it cane be noisy.
Also see each port above.
Is available in:
Is available in:
In Samos Marina.
In Samos Marina.
There are bins in all the ports and towns.
- in Samos Marina, station
- in Pythagorio mini-tanker
- in Vathi or Samos mini-tanker
- in Karlovasi mini-tanker
Camping Gaz is available
- In Vathi or Samos, store in the inner road.
- In the chandlery store on the main street vertical to the harboring Pythagorio .
- In the a store in the Samos Marina
In Vathi or Samos there two chandlery stores:
Kapnoulas The store is right next to the winery near the Commercial port.
- The second one is W of the small marina along the main waterfront road.
In Pythagorio there are at least two chandlery stores:
- The store on the main street vertical to the harbor is well stocked.
- The a store in the Samos Marina
Repairs are available in:
- In Samos Marina, free
- There are Internet cafés in all the towns
There is strong G4 signal in most of the island except for its NE extremity, the tip of Cape Zoodochos Pigi.
- There are many agencies, Aramis is very friendly to cruisers.
- There are many food stores in both Vathi and Pythagorio. There is a large super market, the Bazaar located on the road between the towns of Vathi and Pythagorio. There also several smaller ones near the airport towards the town of Chora.
- In Vathi, one can buy Samian wine and ouzo at much better prices than in town at the wine cooperative (Enosis) at the Malagari district (near the commercial port).
- There are several grocery stores in town of Pythagorio (walking distance) and a super market at the marina.
- There are several smaller stores near the airport towards the town of Chora.
There are daily, and in the summer several per day, flights from Athens. Almost daily ferries from Vathi to Piraeus and the Cyclades. Hydrofoil service to several of the Dodecanese islands from Pythagorio. There are also ferries a few times a week to N islands and Thessaloniki.
Tasos This small taverna in Ano Vathy perhaps serves the Samian food.
Kotopoula Is a modest restaurant in the Prosphigika district of Vathi. It specializing in grilled chicken and it is great value, very popular with the locals.
Lucas Is a s a good restaurant in the delightful mountain village of Manolatrs. The viewof the N Aegean is breath taking.
Psarades (Ψαράδες) Ηas been rated as "one of the best tavernas in Greece. It is in Ayios Nikolaos, (few km E of Karlovasi) and specializes in sea food.
Samos has a rich history. In antiquity it was a very wealthy island and it was sacred to the goddess Hera. It reached its peak at the 6th century BC under the tyrant Polycrates whose capital was the present day Pythagorion. During his brief reign a large temple to Hera, the Hereon, and one of the engineering marvels of antiquity, the aqueduct of Eupalinos, were constructed. Samos is also the birthplace of the most famous ancient mathematician, Pythagoras, as well as of Aristarchus who first proposed the heliocentric system. A type of war vessel the Samena, was developed in Samos and played a key role in the victory for the Greeks in the naval battle of Mycale against the Persians. The island was pillaged by Mark Anthony in 39 BC.
At the end of the Byzantine era, the island was invaded by the Ottomans in 1453, the population fled and Samos was abandoned. It was re-populated in the 17 century AD. The islanders were very active pirates and Samos was one of the first islands to join the Greek revolution in 1821. The rebels were so successful that after removing all the Ottomans from the island they exported the revolution to Chios. After the massacre of Chios and Psara it was Samos' turn to be invaded. The Samians, aided by the rest of the Greek fleet after many days of fighting defeated soundly the Ottomans on August 6, 1824 in almost the exact spot where the ancient battle of Mycale took place.
Places to Visit
Samos (Vathy or Vathi)
Near Pythagorio next to the airport is the most important archaeological site in Samos: the Heraion sanctuary to the goddess Hera. In town a new museum opened in 2010. It is very informative with well lit and labeled exhibit cases. A must see along with the Heraion.
Zoodochos Pigi Monastery
A very attractive monastery that can be reached from Mourtia, well worth a visit.
This the oldest monastery in the island it is situated in a beautiful setting among a pine tree forest a few km from the picturesque town of Vourliotes. Unfortunately the monastery was destroyed by the 2000 fire and it is now closed to visitors.
There is a very interesting museum of natural history in this inland town. Among other exhibits there is the jaw of a prehistoric horse-like animal named the Samiotherion.
The Village of Ambelos
This a very picturesque village perched on the N slopes of Mt. Ambelos and surrounded by vineyards has some of the best traditional Samian architecture.
The Village of Manolates
This a very picturesque village perched on the N slopes of Mt. Ambelos and surrounded by vineyards has a wonderful view of the bay.
A visit to Potami is worthwhile. This is a stream with natural water falls shaded by sycamore trees. It is just a few miles W of Karlovasi. Very beautiful, natural setting. The scenery is not what one would usually associate with Aegean islands. You can swim there.
The Village of Drakei
The village of Drakei can only be reached via a dirt road that originates at the Harbor of Marathokambos. It is one of the most remote villages in the island and it affords spectacular views of the islands of Fourni and Ikaria.
- Travels with S/Y Thetis Vasilis Riginos has been cruising Greek and Turkish waters for over 25 years, as well as having crossed the Atlantic. He lives for 6-7 months of the year in Samos and is willing to help any fellow cruisers. Email = vasilis[AT]sy-thetis.org
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- I have a summer house in Samos, near Vathi. If I can be of any assistance please contact me --Istioploos
Date of member's last visit to Samos and this page's details validated:
- July 2003 (Kolona) --Istioploos Travels with S/Y Thetis
- September 2010 (Poseidonio, Nisi) --Istioploos
- September 2011 (Zoodochos Pigi)--Istioploos
- June 2013 (Klima) --Istioploos
- June - Aug 2014 (Mourtia, Mikri, & Megali Lakka, Kerveli, Psili Amos, Limnionas Bay, Tsopela) --Istioploos
- Sept 2015 (Mycale, Samiopoula) --Istioploos
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