Overview of Samothraki
Samothraki will make you forget everything you already knew about the Greek islands, because it is so different in almost every aspect. Situated at the Northeast Aegean, this small, lush island welcomes alternative crowds (such as backpackers, neo-hippies), camping fans, families, youngsters and seniors who prefer low-key vacations in a gorgeous landscape. Samothraki is paradise on earth for nature and action lovers, as well as archaeology aficionados.
The island is of great ecological value (a Natura 2000 protected area): it features dense forests, wetlands, rich flora and fauna, pristine beaches and the Aegean’s highest mountain, Mt Saos (or Fengari, aka “moon”), from which according to mythology god Poseidon watched the Trojan War. The island’s trademark –apart from the famous statue of Nike of Samothraki- is the abundant running waters: waterfalls, springs, rivers, spas (at the area of Therma/Loutra), as well as the famed “vathres”: icy water pools formed by flowing streams, available for swimming.
Samothraki’s dramatic mountainous looks and somewhat mystical atmosphere create a strange sense of awe. Perhaps this Greek island is still “haunted” by the ancient energy of the famed Kaverian mysteries which took place here, in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, one of Greece’s top archaeological attractions. Tourism (exclusively summer orientated) hasn’t changed the island at all. The ferry port and fishing village of Kamariotissa is Samothraki’s main facilities provider. The beautiful, amphitheatrically built capital Chora, features the medieval castle of the Gateluzzi family, cobbled streets, stone houses, easy-going dining and nightlife spots. Other villages include tranquil destinations such as Profitis Ilias, Lakoma, Xiropotamos, Alonia. On this small Greek island of devoted fans, you don’t really need a huge list of “things to see & do” – however, you can rest assured that what you will see and do, is bound to stay with you forever.
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: A secluded sandy beach, surrounded by huge rocks, nudist friendly and accessible only by boat. In short, a slice of paradise. : An endless beach with grey shingles, rocks and a truly fascinating landscape (as a result of volcanic activity). : This pebbly, organized beach with cold waters, offers peaceful moments and fantastic views to the mountain. : Popular, beautiful long seashore with crystalline light blue waters - the only sandy beach on the island. A few amenities are available here. : Isolated, tranquil sandy cove, close to Pachia Ammos. You have to descend a steep path in order to reach it, but it’s worth the effort.
: Profitis Ilias, Greek cuisine. : Kamariotissa, Greek cuisine. : Ano Meria, Greek cuisine.
: Located at Paleopoli, the ancient city of Samothraki, it is among the best archaeological monuments found in the Greek islands. A major religious centre for more than a millennium (7th c BC - 4th c AD), it was dedicated to the cult of the mighty Kaveiroi, becoming a place of mysterious initiations, rites and sacrifices, equally important with the famed Eleusinian mysteries. The site features the Propylon, Anaktoron, Arsinoeion, Temenos, Hieron, stoa, theatre and the Nike monument (where the famous statue used to stand). Last but not least, a visit to the Archaeological Museum that hosts findings of the site is highly recommended. : It’s a must, in order to get the whole picture and of course reach some of Samothraki’s best beaches. : It is, indeed, a unique experience. Samothraki’s most famous river stream of Fonias (eng “Murderer”) forms the island’s tallest waterfall of Klidosi (35m) and many vathres of varying access difficulty. : Thanks to its superb morphology, Samothraki is ideal for many types of activities, such as trekking, canyoning, climbing, mountain bike and kayak. If you feel more laid-back, try bird watching, as well as spa and wellness at the island’s famous hot springs. : The well-known delicious goat kid meat of Samothraki is served everywhere on the island. You can also try praousti (a type of fruit), which is the local syrup sweet. : The Samothraki Dance Festival is a must for electronic music fans. It is held every August and attracts many visitors. The municipality of the island also organizes a series of cultural events titled “Kaveiria”. : From the chapel of Panagia Krimniotissa, built on a steep cliff, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Samothraki, especially in sunset.
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