Greek Island of Samos holiday Hotel and rooms to let and rent in Vourliotes. Greek Holidays at Mary's House.
Amongst tourists, it is the most visited island of the North-Eastern Aegean but has managed to retain both its unique beauty. The island is renowned for its lush green mountains. In spite of the forest fires of recent years, Samos has retained the beauty of its flora and fauna. This is complemented by the white sandy beaches and pure warm waters which lap the coast of this unique jewel of the Aegean .
A holiday in Samos caters for every taste: attractive beach resorts thrive alongside unspoiled villages and magnificent mountain vistas.
Aside from its wonderful landscapes and its traditional Greek character, Samos is also known for its fine wines which is extracted from the local Muscat grapes and is exported to both the rest of Greece and beyond.
Holidays in Samos are ideal for the wonderful nature, the impressive mountainous and verdant landscape and the plethora of interesting archaeological sites. All these form a particular atmosphere and charm visitors who have the opportunity to visit this enchanted isle.
The Archaeological Museum of Samos
The Archaeological Collection of Pythagorio
For the time being, the collection is not extensive as many of the items are kept in the storerooms. However it is slowly being enriched by the excavations that still take place in the region. Various items date back to the Hellenistic, the Prehistoric, the Geometric and the Archaic period. Archaic Sculptures, pottery, bronze, wooden items, clay figurines, ivory objects and small objects from Egypt and Persia are displayed in this fascinating museum.
The Fossil Museum of Samos
It is intended to be the only paleontological museum in Greece and displays fossils and the remains of prehistoric animals such as the 'Small Horse of Samos' which has three toes and is said to be 13 million years old.
Churches and Monasteries in Samos
The Church of Agios Spyridon
The Monastery Timiou Stavrou
The Monastery of Panagia Vrontiani
The Monastery of Panagia Spilianis
The local customs and traditions of Samos have been influenced by a variety of Greek areas because ofthe emigrants who settled on the island came from various parts of the country.
On the 15th of August the Feast of the Virgin Mary is celebrated in both towns and villages across the island.
The islanders dance to the sounds of traditional music and local food and wines are served.
The Anniversary of the Battle of Mikali is celebrated in Pythagorio on the 6th of August. A religious ceremony is held. The local dish “giorti” is prepared and girls adorning traditional costume perform the local dance known as “Sirtos” in circles.
The Feast of Panagia Spiliani takes place on the 21st of November in the church of Panagia Spiliani , near Pythagorio.
The Feast of Panagia Vrondiani takes place in the village of Vourliotes , on the 7th and 8th of September .
The people gather in taverns and on the principal square of the village and eat the traditional dish “giorti” with local wine.
The Anniversary of Samos's union with Greece is celebrated on the 11th of November in the island's capital, Vathy with great feasts and a magnificent parade.
The Feast of Agia Paraskevi, celebrated in Hora on the 26th and the 27th of July, is marked with dances, music, food and wine.
The Feast of the Fishermen is held in June by the fishermen and the town of Pythagorio .
Complimentary wine and fresh local fish is served and people dance into the small hours.