Samothrace

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Samothrace

Samothrace (or Samothraki) is one of those Greek islands which cannot be compared to others. Its predominantly mountain relief and few beaches make it a destination for walkers, nature lovers and even for meditation and yoga, as seaside tourism is not leading here.

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General information about Samothrace

Samothrace lies in the northernmost of the Aegean sea. The imposing Saos mountain (also known as Fengari), which is the highest mountain in the Aegean sea, dominates the entire island and is seen from everywhere. The coastline is very rocky and most of the beaches are narrow and covered with boulders. Villages are small, landscapes are rural and there is no nightlife.

Sometimes they call Samothrace ”The island of the Great Gods” because there you can visit one of the most ancient religious complexes of Greece, called ”The Sanctuary of the Great Gods”. The ruins of the sanctuary are located in Paleopoli and this is the place where the famous statue of the goddess Nike was found, today housed in the Louvre. Another attraction of the island are its waterfalls accessible on foot via a path which starts near the village of Therma.

Where to stay in Samothrace?

Chora

The port of the island is called Kamariotissa, a small seaside village. The capital, Chora, is 2 km away from the sea at the foot of Saos, with terrace-built houses and ruins of an old fortress on the top. These two are the liveliest places on the island.

On the north coast there are three resort areas - Paleopoli, Kariotes and Therma, all too small to be called villages but with some hotels and restaurants and narrow pebbly beaches. Therma is the largest of them and as the name suggests, it has thermal springs and municipal baths. The south coast has scattered hotels and villas, as well as one village called Lakkoma.

Which are the best beaches of Samothrace?

Pachia Ammos beach

The only sandy beach of Samothrace is Pachia Ammos. It lies in a large cove on the south coast and in the summer two beach bars and one taverna operate there.

The rest beaches of the island are small and narrow, some with pebbles, others with boulders. Beaches with facilities (sunbeds and parasols provided by beach cafes) are just a few - at Makrilies and Therma, and some sporadic tavernas by the sea.

What to do in Samothrace?

Sights and points of interest in Samothrace:

- Kastro Chora - ruins of old fortress in Chora
- The Sanctuary of the great gods near Paleopoli
- The church of Panagia Krimniotissa on the top of a rock above Pachia Ammos
- The Waterfalls of Fonia and especially Gria Vathra - ”vathra” is the rock pool which the waterfall forms
- Kremasti waterfall which pours directly into the sea (accessible only by boat)

How to get to Samothrace?

Samothrace can be reached only by sea. There is a regular ferry from the town of Alexandroupoli, and the trip duration is approximately 2 hours.

There is no airport on the island. In the summer Samothrace is also connected via ferry to the island of Limnos (3 times per week).

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