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Pachia Ammos, the most popular beach of Samothraki

Pachia Ammos, the most popular beach of Samothraki

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When it comes to the beaches of Samothraki, Pachia Ammos is definitely the best known and most visited one. That's because it's the only sandy beach reachable by car.

Pachia Ammos is in the south, at the end of the road which departs from Kamariotissa and crosses the western side of the island. For almost 17 kilometers (about 25-30 minutes by car), you'll cross Samothraki's agricultural area, vast orchards of olive trees and a couple of sleepy villages. Quite often you'll have to give way to goats or sheep herds crossing the road.

The Pachia Ammos beach is located at the end of the road the crosses the western part of the island
The Pachia Ammos beach is located at the end of the road the crosses the western part of the island

Pachia Ammos is located in a picturesque cove, nestled between two cliffs, it's quite wide and stretches for approximately 800m.

The sand is light in color, but kind of coarse, and sporadically mixed with small pebbles (in fact the name of the beach translates to "thick sand").

The Pachia Ammos cove, seen from the east
The Pachia Ammos cove, seen from the east

The landscape is almost desert-like with few trees, but plenty of shrubs and bushes. Patches of oleanders in bloom brighten the scenery. Although in the first part of the 20th century, the area was wooded, excessive grazing caused the soil to erode and caused harm to saplings, preventing their development.

The climate is generally mild and there are times when it's sunny over Pachia Ammos while in the north it's cloudy or even raining.

The vegetation consists mostly of shrubs, a few trees and colorful bushes of oleander
The vegetation consists mostly of shrubs, a few trees and colorful bushes of oleander

There's no organized parking, but there's plenty of space to leave your car by the beach. Watch out for the goats! If you pick a spot underneath a tree, the animals might climb on your vehicle for easier access to the yummy leaves.

The goats often climb on top of the cars to reach the branches
The goats often climb on top of the cars to reach the branches

On Pachia Ammos there's a more touristy vibe than in other places on the island. In high season the beach is organized - with umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, changing huts, kayaks, pedal boats and a few beach bars.

Pachia Ammos is one of the few places where you can venture in the water without aquashoes. Generally, there aren't big waves and the water doesn't get deep very quickly. If you're into snorkeling, the most interesting places are in the extremes, by the rocks, but there are better places for this activity on the island.

In season, there are sunbeds and umbrellas on Pachia Ammos
In season, there are sunbeds and umbrellas on Pachia Ammos

The water is clear and the sand is coarse, mixed with a few small pebbles
The water is clear and the sand is coarse, mixed with a few small pebbles

In season there are kayaks and pedal boats available for rent
In season there are kayaks and pedal boats available for rent

Also in season (depending on the number of tourists), Nikolas offers boat trips to the southern part of the island - to the Kremastos waterfall, the geological formations of Tis grias ta pania and Vatos beach.

At the edge of the beach there are two tavernas (Delfini and Nikolas), and behind them Giannis, Nikolas' brother, built a few rooms for the tourists that want to stay here.

To the right - Taverna Delfini, to the left - Taverna Nikolas
To the right - Taverna Delfini, to the left - Taverna Nikolas

Places to visit nearby Pachia Ammos

If you're into hiking you can explore eastwards in search of hidden beaches. Beware that it's not an easy trek and in some places it's outright dangerous if you're not experienced and don't have the right gear. Don't forget to bring adequate footwear, a hat, sun screen and plenty of water!

On your way back from the beach you can take a right on a dirt road and visit Panagia Krimniotissa, a lovely little church that sits on top of a cliff 300m above sea level.

Taverns by Pachia Ammos

If you spend your day on Pachia Ammos you can eat in one of the tavernas on the beach.

On your way back there are a few good options in the villages of Profitis Ilias (O Vrachos, Paradeisos) and Lakkoma (To Akrogiali, Aperando Galazio, To Spitiko).

Accomodation near Pachia Ammos

If all you want from your summer vacation is to spend time on the beach, then the studios behind the tavernas are a good option (phone +30 255 109 5139, +30 255 109 5119). Though, keep in mind that you'll be far way from all other points of interest on Samothraki and you'll spend a lot of time driving around if you want to do any sightseeing.

The next closest accomodation is in the Lakkoma-Dafnes area at Filoxenia Rooms.

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