Day Tripping On Samos In Greece
(VATHY, GREECE) – Samos is certainly a tourist icon island in the Aegean Sea. Rough and mountainous and very green, but not totally overrun by tourists, particularly in May and June. The climate is pleasant, unlike the oppressively hot July and August days.
Vathy is the capital city of Samos and, with a population of 9,000, it is a real town with real people living a real life. Put another way, it is no Disneyland. Vathy is an excellent base from which to discover the island, particularly if you are not a beach obsessed tourist.
Take advantage of the local bus service, which is a 5-minute walk from the town square. It serves over 20 destinations, or more if you ask the driver to make a stop where none officially exists. And it beats the cost of a taxi, which is not cheap.
Speaking of taxis, if you are looking for a reliable driver with a clean car and a great conversationalist call Petros at 30-6973-338462. By the way, cash is king.
I hate to divulge a hidden location off the main tourist radar, but if you’re looking for a secluded beach with just a handful of tourists, board the bus for Kokkari and ask the driver to let you off at Kedros. Walk a hundred metres toward the Kedros Beach sign and head down to the seaside.
You’ll pass a house on the road and a 5-minute walk will take you to a beautiful pebbled beach with, what I have to call, a hippy bar. Cheap beer and a limited tasty menu in a Gilligan’s Island setting.
If you want another awesome beach, follow the coast for ten minutes on your right. A couple more minutes and a beautiful, tiny country church appears. It was here where my wife’s parents were married. All this is but a ten-minute bus ride from the station.
These are not on the official tourist map, so let’s keep this gem a secret. There’s a nasty undertow so don’t stray out too far.
Another 10 minutes away is the heavily tourist-saturated town of Kokkari. This is not my favourite place, but it has a huge amount of restaurants, bars, and hotels. It’s a small town indeed, but saturated with tourists.
Rent a beach chair and umbrella and stay the day or simply stop and sit at a bar, have a cold beer, and watch the waves roll in.
Twenty minutes from Vathy is Pythagorio and a super intense tourist destination with a waterfront full of bars and a plethora of docked yachts. There an abundance of restaurants on the main drag in addition to the harbourfront.
Another small town, but you’ll find wines from the obscure Vakakis winery which you will not find in Vathy. It’s worth a visit and many fall in love with the town. If you are from Toronto or Windsor you could easily fall for this town.
Looking for traditional Greek dishes and a fantastic house rosé? Head to Espirides Restaurant on a side street parallel to the main drag. Though clogged with Dutch tourists and with poor service, the traditional casseroles and local rosé is worth the wait.