Located just 70 kilometers from Izmir, off the Turkish coast, the island of Samos is the closest Greek island to Asia Minor in the Aegean Sea. Where to Stay in Samos
With only 30,800 inhabitants, this beautiful island has been world-famous since ancient times for its production of red pottery, arts and crafts, jewellery, timber, tobacco and wine (the Malvasia grape variety), fruit, roses and olive oil.
Samos is one of the most loved Greek islands of the Aegean with its glamorous beaches, mountain and coastal scenery and green nature. According to mythology, the goddess Hera was born on this Aegean island, on the banks of the Imvrassos river. Today at this location visitors can see the remains of a temple dedicated to him. In addition, Pythagoras, one of the most famous philosophers and mathematicians of Antiquity, lived in Samos. The way of the astronomer Aristarchos and the philosopher Epicurus also passed through this beautiful Aegean island.
The Best Areas to Stay in Samos
There are many regional options for accommodation on the island of Samos, which attracts hundreds of tourists every year with its lush mountains, vast vineyards producing the famous samiotiko wine, lacy shores and beautiful sea:
1. Samos Center / Vathy
Samos Center / Vathy
Samos Center, or Vathy, located in the north-east of the island, around the bay, can be said to be the most lively area of the island. Vathy was built in the form of an amphitheater on the hillsides overlooking the city of Samos, which is actually two interconnected settlements. It is one of the oldest villages in Samos, with some old Venetian and neoclassical buildings as well as modern ones. The port of Vathy in the region is one of the three main ports of the island. There are seaside taverns and cafes around the port. While wandering around this area, you can discover the narrow streets stretching uphill among the old houses with colorful walls and well-kept gardens. Among the places to visit in Vathy are the church of Agios Spyridon, the Byzantine Museum and the Archaeological Museum.
Best Vathy Hotel Recommendations
Samos City Hotel: If you want to have a holiday in the center of the island, in a location that sees all of Vathy, Samos City Hotel will be for you. Located on the seafront, the hotel is about a 20-minute walk from the beach. The property has an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, free parking, Wi-Fi access and rooms with sea view.
Samos Bay Hotel by Gagou Beach: Samos Bay Hotel by Gagou Beach provides service at the seafront on Gagou Beach, a little outside the center. The hotel, where you can stay on half board, has a private beach, free parking, bar, restaurant and air-conditioned rooms.
Ino Village Hotel: Located in the Kalami part of the center, Ino Village Hotel offers a 3-star service within a 5-minute walk from the beach. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, free parking, free Wi-Fi access and rooms with sea view.
Pythagorio / Where to Stay in Samos
The village of Pythagorio, located in the south east of the island, south of Samos Center, is known as one of the most beautiful areas of the island. The region, named after the famous philosopher and scientist Pythagoras, attracts attention with its characteristic red tiled roofs, narrow streets, cafes, restaurants, taverns, and old but well-preserved houses.
Best Pythagorio Hotel Recommendations
Nisea Hotel Samos: Attracting attention with its decoration bearing the traces of local architecture, Nisea Hotel Samos welcomes its guests as an apart hotel. Located a 5-minute walk from the beach, the property features apartments with free Wi-Fi access, parking, an outdoor swimming pool, an equipped kitchen and private areas such as a living area.
Belvedere: Preferred by those who want to stay in a more boutique hotel in the center, Belvedere is in a good location where you can explore the beautiful streets of the region day and night. The hotel, which can be reached by a 5-minute walk to the beach, offers free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms with tea/coffee maker.
Doryssa Boutique: Preferred by those who are looking for a stylish and modern hotel, Doryssa Boutique offers a 4-star service to its visitors. The facility, which also includes rooms that open directly to the pool, has a gym, a large swimming pool and sunbathing area, a bar and a restaurant.
The small village of Marathokambos is located at the foot of Mount Kerkis, southwest of Vathy. This is a cute place full of lines, green areas, narrow streets and white houses reminiscent of the architecture of the Cycladic Civilization. Ormos Marathokambou beach near the village attracts visitors with its shallow and clear water and soft sand.
Best Marathokampos Hotel Recommendations
Panorama Apartments: Located close to the beach, Panorama Apartments welcomes its visitors in apartments. Apart from the accommodation units with equipped kitchens, the hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and breakfast.
Kyma Hotel: Located a 5-minute walk from Votsalakia Beach, Kyma Hotel offers its guests accommodation with self-catering and air-conditioned apartments. The property also has an outdoor swimming pool, bar and free Wi-Fi access.
Blue Horizon: Attracting attention with its blue-white colors and sympathetic design, Blue Horizon is located 100 meters from Psili Ammos beach. The self-catering apartments have a living and dining area, air conditioning and a balcony.
Kokkari / Where to Stay in Samos
The picturesque village of Kokkari is located 10 km northwest of central Vathy, in the middle of a beautiful area full of vineyards, pine and olive trees. In Kokkari, which mostly attracts visitors with its picturesque architecture and relaxed atmosphere, there is a beautiful beach, boutiques, taverns and restaurants for you to have a pleasant time.
Best Kokkari Hotel Recommendations
Kalidon Panorama Hotel: With a very modern and stylish decoration, Kalidon Panorama Hotel is located within a 5-minute walk from the beach. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with balconies, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and free Wi-Fi.
Hokkum Studios: Providing service at a distance of 400 meters from the beach, Hokkum Studios draws attention with its simple and modern designed rooms. The hotel has rooms with balconies and free Wi-Fi access.
Sunrise: Located at the seafront, Sunrise offers a 4-star service to its visitors. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with sea view, sun terrace, free parking and car rental service for those who want to explore the surroundings.
Located 32 km northwest of the centre, the village of Karlovasi is decorated with 19th century neoclassical buildings and elegant mansions that testify to its glorious past. Many impressive churches adorn the town, such as the Church of the Holy Trinity (Agia Triada church), located on Karlovasi’s highest hill overlooking the settlement.
Best Karlovasi Hotel Recommendations
Hesperia Hotel: Providing service in a building bearing the traces of local architecture, Hesperia Hotel is located at the seafront. All air-conditioned apartments have an equipped kitchenette, living and dining area.
Samaina Port Hotel: Located at the seafront in the port of Karlovasi, Samaina Port Hotel is a hotel preferred by those who want to be close to cafes and restaurants. With a modern and simple decoration, the rooms have a balcony, air conditioning, TV and refrigerator.
Alkioni Studios: Alkioni Studios, which is located on the cliffs by the coast, a little outside the center, attracts attention with its seafront location and beautiful view. The rooms of the hotel, where you can swim from its private beach, have a balcony, mini fridge, air conditioning and a dining area.