Travel Diary: Discovering Samos, Greece Part Two
Having mentioned in my previous Travel post about our stay in Proteas Blu Resort in Samos, todays post is dedicated to the beauty of the Island. Myself and Julia managed to explore as much as we could in the few days we had. So here is a little recap of the beauty that is Samos and why Greece is always a guranteed destination and holds a very special place in my heart.
Lying just off the Turkish coast, you can find Samos situated in the East Aegean sea, an island with so much history and beauty that will captivate you from the moment you descend. The island is the birthplace of Queen of the Greek Gods Hera, Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, the philosopher Epicurus, and the astronomer Aristarchus of Samos, the first known individual that suggested the Earth revolves around the sun. Not only is Samos rich in history but it is also known for its sweet local wine which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Vathy, Temple of Hera & Megali Panagia
It’s quite impressive how much Julia and I managed to see in so little time, but when an island is that enchanting it’s hard not to play Robson Crusoe. Our first stop was exploring the lively capital, Vathy. Full of cute picturesque streets overlooking the sea and plenty of cool cafes to choose from. One of my favourites was cafe Ettikaipo, a cute coffee place just off a side street from the main square. Delicious ice coffees and teas to keep your cool in the blistering heat. After, our next stop was the Temple of Hera, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the Queen of Gods. One of my highlights was a visit to the monastery of Megali Panagia. Here there is an ancient cave where it is believed that mathematician Pythagoras was hiding from persecution and also taught his followers. For me this was definitely fascinating and impressive to see.
Here I am Wearing:
Linen Cropped Trousers from Marks & Spencer
Black Swimsuit from ASOS
Bag from Woodgrey
Espadrilles from Castaner
Hat from Davina Mulford
Pendant from Monica Vinader
Temple of Hera
Monastery of Megali Panagia
Pythagorios, Boat trip & Likourgos Castle
On the next day we went for a gorgeous and fun picnic boat trip where we set off from Pythagorios port, organised by Samos Travel Services. Our first stop was the small island of Samiopoula on the southern coast and then we headed onto Klima beach where we relaxed and enjoyed a delicious barbecue. If you are ever in Samos then I definitely recommend doing this. After, we headed back to Pythagorios where we decided to do more exploring. This probably has to be my favourite town as the side streets are just so eloquently charming with typical Greek colours and the prettiest of doors. It is also is home to the remains of Likourgos Castle, and can I tell you what a spectacle this was. There I found myself on the edge surrounded by history and looking at the breathtaking sea in front of me and it was all quite surreal. I absorbed it all in and had a moment to myself while I lost Julia amongst the old Acropolis where she too had a moment and was totally entranced. It was definitely the highlight of my trip. Finally we managed to take ourselves away from there and walked back along Pythagorio Port to have dinner at Elia, where we ended the perfect day with a glass of Samos wine and delicious tapas as we watched the sun set.
Stardust Bikini from Azur Bikini
If you’re looking for a holiday destination and want a place that is interesting, rural and full of beautiful beaches then Samos is the island for you. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.
Please note that I was invited on this trip by Discover Greece, Proteas Blu Resort, Sofitel Hotel and Aegean Airlines – who have three direct daily flights from London to Athens all year-round and on to Samos as well as more than 30 more Greek destinations. Boat trip was organised by Samos Travel Services.
All Photography and views are my own. Photographs of me are by Julia.