Kampos Marathokambou, Samos Greece
Samos is an island ruled by legend and beauty. It is the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus. It is the home of Hera and the land that hosted Herodotus and Aesop. An important center of trade in the Aegean and a major naval force in antiquity, it came into contact with important Mediterranean cultures.
It is no accident that the great historian Herodotus considered Samos first among all Greek and barbarian cities. Centre of the Ionian civilization, the island saw times of indescribable splendour, which still remains. Even today, its proximity to the coast of Asia Minor makes the island a ‘bridge’ between the two cultures, a difference that did not hinder the co-existence, cooperation and friendship of the two peoples living across the water from each other.
The mythical birthplace of Hera, Samos is home to the largest temple in Greece (according to Herodotus) at the seaside settlement of Heraion, dedicated exclusively to the goddess of marriage and women. Of its 155 gigantic columns, only one still stands and is indicative of the scale of this place of religious worship that includes ruins of at least three earlier temples.
The island’s capital is Vathi, but a drive along the coastline will get you to many picturesque seaside villages, such as Kokkari, Pythagorion, Karlovassi, and Heraion. As for Samos beaches, they boast an exotic landscape. Tsamadou, Agios Konstantinos, Potokaki and Lemonakia are some of the top beaches in Samos. Thanks to its large size, Samos Greece has a wide variety of beaches, both secluded and organized!
Kampos Marathokambou (“fields of fennel” in Greek) is situated 45 kilometers away from the town of Samos in the Southwest, very close to the tourist resort of Ormos Marathokambos. It has an extended 3 kilometers long beach, with sand and pebbles, also known as Votsalakia (“small pebbles” in Greek). The sea is rather deep and very clean and, as it is found within the bay of Marathokambos at the southwestern coast of the island, it is well protected from the winds.
The Kerkis Mountain offers beautiful walking tours. The Pythagoras cave and unique monasteries are close by.
Access from the town of Samos is easy by private means (car and motorbikes), via Marathokambos, following the road leading to Kallithea.