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10 things to do in Samothraki

10 things to do in Samothraki

There are certainly a lot of things to do and to experience on a holiday in Samothrace. It was difficult, but we managed to narrow it down to 10. Some are for everybody, while (...)

Agia Paraskevi: The little church on the seashore

Agia Paraskevi: The little church on the seashore

There are only a few bigger churches in Samothrace in some of the villages while chapels and small churches dot the rest of the island. Two such churches are dedicated to Saint (...)

The Folk Museum of Chora

The Folk Museum of Chora

The Folk Museum of Samothrace is situated in Chora, right next to the Church of the Assumption. It shows the occupations and way of life of the old inhabitants of the island. It is (...)

The Archaeological Museum of Samothraki

The Archaeological Museum of Samothraki

The Archeological Museum of Samothraki is in Paleopoli (Palaiopoli), right next to the Sanctuary of the Great Gods and is well worth a visit if you want to better understand the (...)

The Gateluzzi stronghold of Chora

The Gateluzzi stronghold of Chora

At one end of Chora, in the northeastern part, the ruins of the medieval citadel dominate the settlement from a 250 meters peak. History The citadel is built on an area of (...)

People and villages

People and villages

The central and southeastern part of the island is occupied by Mount Saos, thus the settlements are concentrated mostly in the north and in the west, the most of them being in the (...)

Where the island ends: Akrotiri Cape and Agios Andreas Lagoon

Where the island ends: Akrotiri Cape and Agios Andreas Lagoon

If you find yourself in Kamariotissa and you go on the seaside towards west (on the left side as you watch the sea), at about 1.8 km away, you'll arrive first at the lagoon named (...)

Taking a boat tour around the island

Taking a boat tour around the island

In Samothrace, because of the rough and steep terrain, the roads do not reach everywhere. The southern part of the island is only accesible if you do some hiking or - the easiest (...)

Hiking in the mountains of Samothraki

Hiking in the mountains of Samothraki

It is often said that Samothrace is not an island, but a mountain which rises directly from the sea. And it's quite right – with the 1614 meters height of the Marmaras peak, it's the (...)

The Winged Victory of Samothraki

The Winged Victory of Samothraki

The most famous symbol of the island is no doubt the statue of the winged goddess Nike (Victory), exhibited today at the Louvre Museum. Her reputation reached all the corners (...)

The Sanctuary of the Great Gods

The Sanctuary of the Great Gods

The island of Samothrace was very famous in the ancient times for one of the few sanctuaries of the Greek world where initiation ceremonies took place. The mystery cult (...)

The beaches of Samothraki

The beaches of Samothraki

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 (...)

Panagia Krimniotissa, the chapel on top of the mountain

Panagia Krimniotissa, the chapel on top of the mountain

According to tradition, there are about 999 churches and chapels on the island. Most probably, Panagia Krimniotissa (also referred to as Kremniotissa) is the most famous of (...)

The ruins of the Monastery of Christ near Therma

The ruins of the Monastery of Christ near Therma

Even though the sign says, in both Greek and English, "Holy Monastery of Christ", the monastery in fact doesn't exist anymore. Only the ruins are left, placed in a beautiful natural (...)

Pachia Ammos, the most popular beach of Samothraki

Pachia Ammos, the most popular beach of Samothraki

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 (...)

Kamariotissa - Welcome to Samothraki!

Kamariotissa - Welcome to Samothraki!

Located in the northwestern part of the island, in a bay protected by the Akrotiri cape, Kamariotissa is the first place you'll step in once you arrive in Samothrace. You'll see it (...)

Waterfall hikes

Waterfall hikes

The best things in Samothrace are not the beaches, as on an usual Greek island, but the so called vathres. These are a very special characteristic and an emblem of the island. (...)

Hiking up the Fonias river

Hiking up the Fonias river

Fonias is the most famous and the most important river in Samothrace. It starts its journey from the steep heights of Mount Saos and flows into the Thracian Sea somewhere east (...)

The untamed landscape of Kipos Beach

The untamed landscape of Kipos Beach

Kipos ("the garden"), also known as Kipi ("the gardens") is one of the most beautiful beaches of Samothraki. It has a rare beauty, special among most other Greek beaches. Similar to (...)

The five new martyrs and the church of Chora

The five new martyrs and the church of Chora

The main church in Chora, dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary is the most important in Samothraki. You'll have no problem finding it due to the tall bell tower which (...)

Chora, the perched capital of Samothraki

Chora, the perched capital of Samothraki

The capital of Samothrace is not a port, as maybe some might expect. It is situated inland, in the North-West, in a small valley nestled among the cliffs of Mount Saos. The town's (...)

Fun and music on Therma beach

Fun and music on Therma beach

The small village of Therma, is pretty well located in the northern part of the island. There are plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure around it as it's near the sea, the (...)

Panagia Kamariotissa, the protector of the island

Panagia Kamariotissa, the protector of the island

The Kamariotissa church lies right near the harbour, on one of the streets behind the promenade. It is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary and it's famous for the (...)

Therma - between the mountain and the sea

Therma - between the mountain and the sea

Therma (also called Loutra) is located 14 kilometers east of Kamariotissa, on the northern coast road of the island. It's a small touristic settlement (about 70 inhabitants plus the (...)

The Makrilies-Lakkoma beach

The Makrilies-Lakkoma beach

The beaches of the Makrylies and Lakkoma villages are located in the southwest of the island, 8 km away (10 minutes by car) from Kamariotissa and roughly the same distance (...)

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Limnidi

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Limnidi

Limnidi is actually the name of the cafe and the beach bar located 3 km away from Kamariotissa. The cafe is in the middle of a large green garden. There's a playground and (...)

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Kymata

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Kymata

In Greek, the word kymata means "waves". It's also the name of a guesthouse and taverna on the northern shore located 5 kilometers away from Kamariotissa, near Paleopoli. (...)

Tracing the footsteps of St. Paul in Samothraki

Tracing the footsteps of St. Paul in Samothraki

Samothrace was the first land where St. Paul set foot when he began his second missionary journey - the one in Europe from around 50 AD. According to the Acts of the Apostles, he (...)

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Paleopoli

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Paleopoli

In Paleopoli, on the northern shore, 6 kilometers away from Kamariotissa, there is a stretch of beach alongside the road. It's rocky and narrow, not one of most beautiful (...)

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Fonias

Beaches in the north of Samothraki: Fonias

Fonias is a well-known proper name in Samothraki. It's the name of an important river, of a tower and the beer produced here. The river Fonias crosses the northern side of the (...)

Beyond the mountains: Vatos Beach, Samothraki's hidden gem

Beyond the mountains: Vatos Beach, Samothraki's hidden gem

Vatos isn't one of Samothraki's easy-to-reach beaches. Quite the contrary! It's in an inaccessible area of the island, beyond the mountains and far from any roads. Vatos Beach is in the (...)

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