Samos...

Enchanting as the coast undoubtedly is, it is perhaps the natural grandeur of the interior that most distinguishes Samos from the other islands in the East Aegean. In marked contrast to its rather barren neighbours, Samos is wonderfully verdant, thanks to an abundance of natural springs. Some parts of the island have suffered fire damage in recent years, but for the best part Samos is covered in vast expanses of pine forest, extensive olive groves, clusters of stately plane trees, lovingly tended fields and orchards, and of course the vineyards which provide one of the island's most prolific exports the sweet dessert wine is famous well beyond Greece, but the dryer table wines are equally worthy of sampling and rather more versatile in their application.

The landscapes range from gently rolling hills and lush plains to towering peaks sliced through by steep ravines - most impressive of all is Mount Kerkis at the western end of the island, which soars to a height of 1,437 metres, making it the second tallest summit in the Aegean.

 

 

 

 

But it is not just the island's natural beauty that should encourage you to occasionally tear yourself away from the beaches, but also its cultural treasures. Owing to its strategic position just a stone's throw from the coast of Asia Minor, Samos was once the most affluent island in the Aegean, and during its heyday produced a host of well-known writers and philosophers, including Aesop, Epicurus and the island's most famous son, the mathematician Pythagoras. The island's influence was eventually eclipsed by the rise of Athens during classical times, and by the 15th century Samos had fallen upon harder times, abandoned by its Genoese rulers to the mercy of pirates.





Today, Samos certainly feels more like a provincial outpost than a regional powerhouse, but a number of sites reveal some of the legacy of the island's glory days.

 

 



Only a single column remains out of the 134 that once formed the Heraion Sanctuary, but the mere dimensions of this temple tell of the wealth, power and ambition of the island's rulers in ancient times. Equally impressive is the Efpalinio Tunnel, an aqueduct more than 1 km in length bored through a mountain to ensure a siege-proof water supply for the island's then capital, Chora. The bustling latter-day capital, Samos Town, picturesquely set on a deep bay, is home to a small but fascinating archaeological museum hosting one of the most important collections outside Athens, including a number of imposing marble statues as well as smaller artefacts, coins and day-to-day items, recovered from the Heraion.

Manolis Chiotis, owner and manager, a tireless retired “thirty year oil tanker captain”, like “the albatross sea birds with hope and survival “, has brought his world experience to this calm and relaxing location and his passion for bee keeping in the near by location of Kakoperato gorge, an untouched wilderness enriched with some 840 different herbal plants, natives to Kerkis high altitudes, near the monastery of Panayia with the Chapel built inside a large cave along the very steep sides of the gorge is a truly unforgettable experience to visit. Pure Honey from his bee hives is offered for taste and purchase to the resorts international visitors. Regular scheduled bush walks could help you join in and experience this beauty for your self.

 

 ALBATROSS APARTMENTS- Manager: Manolis Chiotis 
 83102 Marathokampos, Samos, Greece Tel +30 22730 37492, +30 22730 3746, 
 Fax +30 22730 3714 - Email:
info@albatrossvillage.gr 

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