In the group of the north-eastern Aegean islands lies the island of Samos. It's located in the south of the group and is very close to the Turkish coast - separated from it by the narrow Mykale Straits and, at its closest, is about 1300m from Turkey.

According to mythology Samos was the birthplace of the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus and queen of the gods.

Samos is about 475km square with a coastline of around 160 km and a population of approximately 38,000. The island is dominated by mountains which are the highest in the Aegean - Mount Ambelos and Mount Kerkis. Kerkis is the tallest, with the highest peaks at Vigla (1450m) and Zestane (1195m).

Mount Kerkis, Samos, Greece

The capital of the island is Samos Town (originally called Vathi, the oldest part of the town retains this name), located on the north-eastern coast. It stretches out round a large bay and is built with neoclassical buildings, old mansions and traditional houses that emphasise the wealth and nobility of the island. The second largest town is Pithagorio, named after one of the more notable residents of the island. Pithagorio has a delightful harbour with numerous tavernas and cafés and is the main tourist resort of the island.

Small plains and valleys separate the mountains of Ameblos and Kerkis and are covered with olive groves, citrus trees and other fruit-bearing trees. Bushes, pine forests, plane trees, cypresses and chestnut trees can also be found across the island. There are also numerous vineyards across the island producing the world famous wines of Samos.

Kouros, Samos, Greece

Samos… history and more…

One of the most important islands in Greek history, Samos has a long and rich history with many famous names associated with it, including Pythagoras, Hera, Polycrates, Aristarchus, Aesop Read more…

Samos Town, Vathi, Samos, Greece

Samos… today

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