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The best destination in Greece -Kokkari-Samos

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Samos is an island ruled by legend and beauty. It is the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus. It is the home of Hera and the land that hosted Herodotus and Aesop. An important center of trade in the Aegean and a major naval force in antiquity, it came into contact with important Mediterranean cultures.

Samos is a place of overwhelming vegetation. Everything around the virgin landscape is made of colour and light. Each step one takes is a revelation. Whether in the imposing mountains, such as Mt. Kerkis and Mt. Ambelos – with alpine winter temperatures and endless rain – or in caves and canyons, the environment of Samos reminds one of the Greek hinterland in miniature


The coastal village of Kokkari is situated 10km. northwest from the town of Samos. It is the third largest resort on the island with a population of approximately 1,500 inhabitants.

Kokkari is the most picturesque fishing harbor of Samos, where two small capes form a tiny bay.
It is believed that the name of the village derives from the many onions produced here, («kokkari» in Greek means small onion). Another opinion is that it derives from the name of its first settler.

Today, Kokkari retains its traditional nature, having some of the most beautiful beaches. A short distance to the west are the beaches of Tsamandou and
Lemonakia with crystal clear waters. Exposed and windy, there are a favorite location for all windsurfers.
The waterfront is lined with tavernas and bars. There are also several small hotels scattered around the village.


Hotel in Kokkari and Samos 

Samos , Aegean Islands 
The island if Samos is situated on the east part of the Aegean Sea, close to the Asia Minor coastline. To the east of Samos is Turkey from which is separated by the «Eptastadio» channel.


samos map

Samos is the eighth Greek island in size with a total coastline of 159k. and a population of approximately 42,000 inhabitants. You can reach Samos by plane from Athens and by ferry boat from Piraeus, Kavala, Ikaria, Crete and other islands.
The island consists of four municipalities: Vathi, Karlovassi, Pythagorio and Marathokambos. The biggest gulf of the island is the gulf of Samos, while there are several small ones along the coastline.


Samos is mountainous with two major mountains, that of Kerkis and the one of Ambelos. Thanks to their existence there are many rainfalls during winter, resulting to the presence of rich vegetation and freshwater springs. That explains the ancient name of Samos, «Hydrele», which in Greek means «rich in water».
The beaches of the island are famous for their beautiful, sandy shorelines and their crystal blue waters, in combination with the evergreen surroundings. Here, tourists can enjoy different water-sports, such as windsurfing.


Samos offers a great number of hotel resorts, restaurants, cafeterias and nightclubs. Additionally, the island produces various products, the most famous ones being the Samian oil, soap and wine. (The latter is even exported to France).

Samos island is famous for her sweet wine
Samos is in the East part of the Aegean blue Sea(Aegeon Pelagos), close to the Asia Minor coastline. It’s geographically located between the parallels 37.49° and 37.37° to the North and the meridians 26.33° and 27.04° to the East.To the East of Samos is Turkey and Asia Minor, from which Samos island is separated by the “Eptastadio” channel, (called Dar Bogaz in Turkish) whish is only 1650 meters wide at its narrowest point. To the North is the chersonese of Erythrea (Turkey), Northwest is Chios Island, west and southwest is Ikaria and the Fournoi islands and to the South are the islands of the Dodecanese complex of Islands. The ones closest to Samos island are Agathonisi, Arkoi and Patmos island.


The population of the island is 33814 inhabitants (2001 census), it is comprised of 4 municipalities, Vathi, Karlovasi, Pythagoreio and Marathokampos and its capital is Samos Town. Samos is a mountainous island and it has two high mountains. The first one is rough and rocky Kerkis (or Kerketeus) with a height of 1443 meters and the second is verdant and fertile Ambelos (or Karvounis) with a height of 1160 meters.The Samian climate is mild, healthy and pleasant, cool during the summer and warm in the wintertime. North wind is the prevailing wind in Samos and during summer it blows almost constantly cooling the island. South winds, that carry most of the rain, blow mainly during the winter period along with the rest of the winds. Sunshine on the island is one of the longest in Greece, since, for a semester and possibly more, during the summer period, there is hardly a cloud in the sky.

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