Although Samos is not as well known as some of the other Greek islands, most people will be familiar with two of its most famous past residents - Pythagoras the mathematician and Aesop the fable-teller. This green and fruitful island has a mountainous western region where wild orchids and aromatic medicinal herbs grow among the pines. The fertile lowlands are covered in olive groves and vineyards producing the famous sweet Samos muscat wine.
The scenic roads around the coast through leafy mountain villages make car hire an attractive option when visiting Samos. Visit the pretty fishing hamlet of Kokari on the north coast, or the excellent sandy beaches in the southwest at Votsalakia and Limenas. Kerveli offers a small, secluded natural beach surrounded by lush greenery making it ideal for those seeking peace and relaxation. Posidonio is situated near to the bay of Kerveli and once consisted merely of a few fishermen's houses. It now offers a mini market for the essentials and a wonderful taverna serving fresh fish dishes, yet still retaining its rural charms, almost untouched by tourism.
To the west, the barren, towering peak of Mount Kerkis provides a dramatic backdrop to the peaceful scene below. It is said Pythagoras took refuge from his enemies in a cave on the mountainside, where his pupils came to study with him. All around this area you will find fine walking territory with spectacular views.
If you ever feel the urge to venture further afield you can head off to explore the delights of Samos Town and Pythagorion, safe in the knowledge that your relaxing holiday hideaway is waiting to welcome you home at the end of another perfect day.
Those seeking a traditional Greek welcome, a warm atmosphere, lush greenery and clear blue seas will love holidays to Samos.