Attractions to Visit in Samos, Greece
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Samos, Greece is an island of beauty, history, legends, and adventures waiting to be discovered. As a result, there are plenty of things to do during your stay. When visiting the island of Samos, there are some of the prominent attractions and beaches you can spend time at. Here’s more information about what you can do while here?
Castle of Lycurgus
Located at the southwest side of the harbor of Pythagoria, the Castle of Lycurgus was built during the 7th century. The castle was abandoned in 1475 when it was conquered by the Ottomans. Lycurgus Logothetis took on the project of fortifying tha castle with the aid of the Samians. At this time one of the fortified towers was repaired to be used as the family’s headquarters. The tower is used to house a museum today. Lycurgus Logothetis was an important figure during the Revolution of 1821.
Located 10 km from Vathy, Kokkari Beach is family friendly and organized. The beach can be windy at times, which makes it an ideal beach to windsurf. The beach is situated in front of some popular resorts. Kokkari Beach is covered in pretty white pebbles that extend to the shore and some sandy areas as well. The deep blue waters are perfect for swimming. Fish taverns and a beach bar line the beach and there are more taverns in the surrounding area. Sun beds and umbrellas are available at the beach.
Wine Museum of Samos
The Wine Museum of Samos opened in 2005. The aim of the museum is to preserve and present the history of Samian wine. The museum is housed in an old private winery. When visiting the Wine Museum of Samos, you will view traditional winemaking tools, barrels, wine bottles, and lab instruments. You can sample wines at the museum and buy wines of the Union of Winemaking Cooperatives of Samos.
Located 14 km southwest of Vathy and 3 km from Pythagorion is Potokaki Beach. Potokaki is a family friendly beach that is organized with umbrellas and sun beds. During the summer this long, pebbled beach is popular and busy. Potokaki has been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness. Potokaki Beach has water sports facilities and beach bars. If you’re staying in the Pythagorion areas, this is the perfect beach for lounging in the sun and swimming. If you’re adventurous, you will enjoy the water sports offered. You can get to Potokaki Beach by car or public busses that come from the city center.
The Roman Baths, also known as the Baths of Therma, was constructed in the 2nd century AD. The Roman Baths are located just outside of Pythagorion on the southern side of the island. The remains of the complex of public buildings and baths are impressive. The baths were part of the athletic complex of the ancient city of Samos. It included a gymnasium and the stadium as well as the wrestling school. The vaulted room that served as a sauna was turned into a Christian baptistery during the 5th century.
A visit to Samos, Greece will indulge your need for relaxation and exploration.
This post was written by Greek Boston