Greece: Samos – Birthplace of Pythagoras
One of the most popular holiday resorts in recent years has been Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of famous Pythagoras. What reason stands behind large numbers of tourists coming there between June and first half of September? There are actually couple of them!
Samos is without any doubt island with much greenery and really mountainous terrain. In fact, it has both characteristic more plentiful than any other island in the Aegean Sea. Dreamed-of idyll of all aesthetes is rich for white-gold (pebble, sandy, or mixed) beaches and turquoise water which tempts for a bath even those who normally prefer a hotel pool. Near the island is Turkey separated only by a two kilometer wide channel.
Samos became famous for its geranium wine awarded with many prestigious prizes. Famous are for instance Samos Nectar or Samina. These wines are also utilized as wine at masses and are exported even to Vatican.
Now lets introduce us some localities on this island. Southern shore has a popular summer resort of Votsalakia. It is sought for a sandy-pebble beach with shallow entrance to the sea. About 80 meters from there, a well-known and verified hotel Kampos Village Resort is located. It is built in a traditional architecture of the island. It is to be found in a vast garden, the hotel itself consists of 13-storey buildings.
Couple of minutes by walk a town at the foot of Samos’ highest mountain is located. Its name is Kerkis and you can find it at 1437 meters of altitude. Thus, you can change sunbathing on beautiful beach for nice, not much difficult trip to higher altitudes. Bars, restaurants, or shops are near the beach and hotel. So you don’t even need to take on your shoes or boots.
On the southern shore of Samos seven kilometers from Votsalakia, the summer resort of Kampos is located. Easy holidaymakers might find sufficient Votsalakia Beach, a two star hotel on a sandy-pebble beach. Should you like sand beaches more, than you might like those at Vila Magda, or Stella Hotel Apartments.
And last but not least – the Gagou Beach which is only one kilometer away from the center of Samos’ capital, on island’s northern shore. The beach is only thirty meters long but there is a four-star hotel Samian Blue Seaside which is in the middle of greenery.
When we already talk about the capital we should mention it is split to the new part and the old part– Vathy and Samos. You can find there many pubs where you can try local wine, or eat some Balkan specialty. Among such is mousaka (minced meat with béchamel sauce), baked eggplant, fried zucchini, calamari, or baklava..
As for the sights – among the most interesting is the Eupalion channel built during the rule of Polykrat in the 6th century B.C. It is rather an aqueduct used to supply town with water. The tunnel was dug from both sides of the mountain and thanks to good mathematical calculations it met almost exactly in the middle.
Near the channel there is the port of Pythagorion. It is one of the most popular destinations on the island, only three kilometers away from the airport. Very popular there is Doryssa Seaside Resort, a five-star hotel right next to a long, sand-pebble beach. It is 15 kilometers from the capital because Pythagorion is located in the southeast. But you can get there easily by bus.
Other summer resorts on Samosu are Kalami and Mykali (near the capital), and Kokkari or Karlovasi (northern shore). Very attractive are also sights, for instance Heraion, old Greek temple of Hera which used to be one of the largest temples in the world. Only ruins, however, remained of it. The only what’s left is the ground plan, and half of its columns. Since 1992, the temple has been part of UNESCO’s world heritage site list. Also included in it are Pythagoreion, and the ruins of the Greek fortress.
Noticeable is certainly Castle Lykourgos Logothetis (well its defend tower rather) which symbolizes the fight against the Turks. The castle looms above Pythagorion port and was built in the first half of the 19th century. You can visit couple of museums on Samos. Two are archeological, then paleontological, and folk museums. You won’t get bored. That’s certain...
Source and photo: Blue Style
Thessaloniki or Thessaloniki is the 2nd largest Greek city after Athens. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, and to this day you can see and visit many buildings from the early Christian period and the Byzantine Empire. Due to its location, the city was of strategic importance in the past and is still very popular with tourists.
The title suggests that Crete is island of several great tourist attractions. People who love culture, those who love history and nature or just laying on a beach will all enjoy a stay here. The history of Crete is, however, very colorful. Therefore, it would be a pity to spend your vacation just being lazy on a beach.
A delegate of the company we rented our car from had been already waiting for us once we arrived at the airport. It was apparent that there is some fierce competition among car rental companies. The way how they treat their customers is the consequence of the fierce competition. Once we had settled all documents we needed we get in our car and drove to the west. There are no official freeways so you don’t pay any toll.
We woke up to nice and shinny day. Nobody was on the beach we went to so we just laid around. I recommend you Camp Mithimna, the camp we stayed at. Its owner was very kind and helpful. After a short talk with him we left for Balos, the beach in the northwest on the Gramvousa peninsula.
On this day, we planned to make a short trip to the Lefka Ori mountains. Bad weather prevented us from going there. Therefore, we decided to travel to Moni Preveli monastery instead.
We left early in the morning the Agia Galini camp for Phaistos (Faistos) palais. It is considered the second most important Minoan palace (the first one is Knossos). The palace is situated on Kastri Hill which is in central area of the Mesara Plain. Up from there you can get beautiful vista of the Idi mountains.
The next day’s morning we woke up while it was still being dark. Because we spent the night at a cottage, we quickly packed our things. At 6 o’clock we were already heading to Kato Zakros, another important Minoan palace. Unfortunately, the weather was not good. It rained all day. Yet this was no thing that would make us to loose our spirits. At around 8 o’clock we reached our destination. The information in the book guide said it the opening hours start at 8. However, right there we found out it would be at 10. Two hours of additional time meant we made use of them and walked along the coastline.
The last day before leaving Crete by plane we did want to spend in Heraklion. Most of all at the most famous Minoan palace of Knossos. At around 8 o’clock in the morning we left the camp of Sissi. About one hour later we were in front of our hotel. We parked the car and went for Knossos right away. This largest tourist attraction on Crete is only 5 kilometers to the south from Heraklion. Buses depart every twenty minutes for the palace and you pay 3 euro per ticket.
This time we decided to set off to explore towns and cities in Greece. Litochoro was one of our first stops. This "stone town" is situated close to the Olympic Mountains.
Upon our visit to Litochoro, we moved several kilometers on. Our next stop was a typical Greek village with amazing nature, interesting architecture and amazing vistas.
We stay in the sunny country of Greece also this week. Today, we visit the most popular summer resort on the Olympic riviera – the town of Paralia. This sea resort is about 8 kilometers away from the capital of Pieria prefecture. Paralia is a great place to relax at and have fun.
We end our journey across Greece on Skiathos, an island in the Aegean sea. It makes the Sporady archipelago together with the neighboring islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. If you like Mama Mia musical, this is a total must for you.
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After unveiling gourmet side of the Cretan city rise from the comfortable sitting in one of the local restaurants and we will explore the historical legacy left by several millennia of human habitation.
In Rethymno we have already spent a lot of time. We saw something of its historic heritage, even if there is yet much more to see. We just randomly mention some of them.
We left Rethymno. It slowly fades behind us. We travel towards Cretan nature in the Samaria gorge.
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Last look at Agios Nikolaos and a trip to Spinalonga.
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Today we travel to Greek island of Kos. I met there Iva, a nice Czech, so we travel together. On the ship are all kinds of nationalities – French, Italians, Germans, English, Hungarians and us, Czechs! It is funny that I understand almost everyone yet they don’t have a clue. Our journey is pleasant. It takes around 50 minutes.
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