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If you are looking for the destination of your next vacation, we have the best suggestion... One of the most beautiful islands of the Eastern Aegean, Samos! This brilliant gem stands out for the lush green natural environment, the picturesque fishing villages and the wonderful beaches with white sand and crystal clear waters. Holidays in Samos has something to offer to everyone - bustling beach resorts and at the same time, unspoiled villages with unique mountain views. If you manage to get off the enchanting coastline of the island, you may start tourig the island. There are many archaeological monuments and sites from various historical periods scattered throughout the island. According to ancient Greek mythology, Samos was the home island of the goddess Hera. That's the reason why the locals built a large sanctuary, ""Heraion"", in her honor. Near Heraion you will find the Eupalinos tunnel. This tunnel was used as an aqueduct in ancient times and is one of the greatest technological achievements of its time. For those who love exploring, there are even more places to discover! One of them is the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, located above Pythagorion. There, you will find a mysterious cave - church, where the holy icon of the Virgin Mary was allegedly found. Those who prefer hiking, will be happy to learn that the island is crossed by many hiking trails. So discover Samos, and open your arms generously to accept all the beauties it will offer you, making you see what happiness looks like, through the eyes of simplicity and natural beauty of the island.


The history

According to archaeological excavations, it is believed that Samos was inhabited during the Neolithic period, in the 3rd millennium BC. The first settlers of the island were the Pelasgians, the Phoenicians, the Leleges and the Carians. These settlers were succeeded by the Mycenaeans. Samos became a great power in the 6th century BC when it was ruled by the tyrant Polycrates, who turned the island into a huge naval power. Under his rule, the arts and sciences flourished and the tunnel of Eupalinos and the magnificent Heraion were built. The history of Samos has been marked by some famous personalities, such as the astronomer Aristarchus, the first to claim that the sun was the center of the universe, the philosopher Epicurus, the mythographer Aesop and the famous mathematician Pythagoras. During the Battle of Plataea (479 BC), the Samians helped Athens win and then allied with it and returned to democracy. Samos took part in the Battle of Mycale and with the rest of the Greek navy defeated the Persian fleet. During the Peloponnesian Wars, the island was occupied by the Spartans. It then came under the rule of the Romans, the Venetians and the Genoese. In 1453, Samos came under Turkish rule. The inhabitants of the island played an important role during the Greek Revolution against the Turkish yoke in the early 1820s. However, the Great Powers gave the island back to the Turks in 1830, making it semi-autonomous and ruled by a Christian prince. Samos was finally reunited with the rest of Greece in 1912, after the Balkan Wars. Today, the economy of the island is based on tourism, agriculture and fisheries

Heraion of Samos

The Heraion of Samos is a temple dedicated to the goddess Hera, wife and sister of Zeus. Samos is the island where Hera and Zeus honeymooned for three hundred years. Heraion is located seven kilometers southwest of Pythagorion. This attraction now consists of a column, "Kolona" as it is called. The road that connected Pythagorion with Heraion was called the Sacred Road and was paved with stone during the Roman Empire. Hera was not worshipped only by the Greeks. Before the Greeks, it was considered a goddess of nature and fertility. This is probably one of the reasons why this temple is located on a wide, fertile plain. Another reason may have been that Hera was also considered the protector of herds and rural wealth.

Olive oil from Samos

This extra virgin olive oil is produced in Samos, 90% from the variety Throumbolia and 10% from the variety Koroneiki and is a product with Protected Geographical Indication. During the preparation of this olive oil, the olives are allowed to ripen on the tree and then harvested by hitting the tree and falling into nets. After three days, the olives are cleaned and squeezed in the mill. The processing conditions are very specific to ensure the quality and excellent properties of the oil. The olive oil of Samos has a golden color, sweet taste and wonderful aroma.


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Samos Airport (SMI)