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The beaches of Samothraki

The beaches of Samothraki

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Samothraki is not your typical Greek island with endless gently sloping sandy beaches. In fact, if that's what you're after in your summer vacation you might as well look for another destination. There's only one sandy beach accessible by car. There are plenty of rocky beaches though and even some sandy beaches that are a (difficult) hike away.

Tip: Bring aquashoes! Without proper footwear it will be hard to enjoy the water. Also sea urchins are a thing so it's better to be safe than sorry.

Pachia Ammos Beach

Pachia Ammos is certainly the best know in Samothraki and probably one of the most touristy places on the island. The reason lies in the fact that it's the only sandy beach reachable by car.

Pachia Ammos is located in the south, at the end of a winding 17 km road (aprox. 25 minutes) that starts from Kamariotissa.

In high season the beach is organized - there are sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, changing huts, bars, kayaks and boat trips to the south-eastern part of the island.

Pachia Ammos Beach - with sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and a tavern
Pachia Ammos Beach - with sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and a tavern

Kipos Beach

Kipos is another beach found at the end of a road, this time it's the north coast road that ends in the west of the island. It's 28 km away from Kamariotissa (35 minutes drive).

Kipos is the biggest beach in Samothraki and has a certain wild beauty about it. High mountains overlook its dark coloured rocks and pebbles that sharply contrast the intense blue of the sea.

A part of the dark Kipos Beach seen from above
A part of the dark Kipos Beach seen from above

The northern beaches

Therma Beach

Therma Beach is right near the village's small harbor on the northern side of the island, 15 km away from Kamariotissa.

It's a rocky beach, but in season it has sunbeds, showers, changing huts and is home to the most famous bar in Samothraki: Saoki Beach Bar.

The beach of Therma beyond Saoki Beach Bar
The beach of Therma beyond Saoki Beach Bar

Limnidi Beach

Also on the northern shore, but closer to Kamariotissa there's a wider stretch of rocky beach (Limnidi) where in season there are sunbeds and a beach bar.

Limnidi Beach, organized in season
Limnidi Beach, organized in season

Kymata Beach

Kymata Beach is actually the beach of the homonymous guest house (Ktima Kymata), also on the northern coast in proximity to Paleopoli. The guest house and its accompanying taverna are open typically from June. The beach is equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas, kayaks and a playground. It's a rocky beach but in the sunbed area the owners have laid a small stretch of sand.

The beach of Ktima Kymata Guesthouse
The beach of Ktima Kymata Guesthouse

Other beaches in the north

From Kamariotissa to Kipos, with the exception of a few areas, almost all of the shore is in fact a narrow rocky beach, so you can actually stop anywhere near Kamariotissa, Paleopoli, Fonias, Agia Paraskevi and make your own private beach.

The beach near the mouth of the Fonias River
The beach near the mouth of the Fonias River

The beaches in the south-west

In the south-west of the island one can find the rocky beaches of Makrylies, Platania and Makrygialos. The part of Platania beach that is in front of the Samothraki Beach Apartments & Suites Hotel is organized in season.

The beach next to the Lakkoma village
The beach next to the Lakkoma village

The southern beaches

The most beautiful sandy beaches in Samothraki are hidden in the south of the island in coves nestled between steep mountain slopes. You can explore them if you dare to venture on perilous hikes on unmarked paths or if you find a boat to take you there. Going further east after After Pachia Ammos there are a couple of sandy coves, followed by the beaches of Katarti, Vatos and Gyali.

Beach in the south of the island, next to Pachia Ammos
Beach in the south of the island, next to Pachia Ammos

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