Samos is an island in the eastern Aegean Sea and is separated from Turkey by the Mycale Strait which is just 1.3 kilometres wide at its narrowest point.
The list of reasons to visit is impressive as this beautiful island is teeming with attractions that include captivating mountains, deep forested valleys and stunning coastal scenery.
Samos is the birthplace of the mathematician Pythagoras and the astronomer Aristarchus, the first person to hypothesise that the Earth revolved around the Sun.
When you visit you can combine a sunny and relaxing beach holiday with trips to some of the delightful traditional villages, beautiful monasteries and glorious vineyards.
One of the ancient historical sites is the Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos, the remains of an ancient fortified port and which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Samos is a large island with three ferry ports and an airport so getting there is easy. The capital is Samos Town, also known by its original name of Vathy.
There are a couple of beaches within walking distance of the town with some parts organised and others that offer a quiet haven away from the crowds. You can also take boat or road trips from Vathy to other parts of the island.
One of the most popular beaches is Lemonakia which is in a sheltered bay and is ideal for families. Mykali Beach is in the southeast and is close to the nature reserve of Limni Alikes, a salt lake where you can see pink flamingoes.
If you decide to visit, the simplest way to see the whole island is to hire a car. Take a trip around the stunning mountains and maybe visit Mount Ambelos Vineyard where the famous muscat grapes grow.
Alternatively, stop in one of the villages and enjoy a meal in a taverna. The locals will welcome you and prices in the outlying villages are cheaper than the main town.
As on other Greek islands Samos offers an array of water sports with exciting options like scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and jet skis.
There is so much to see and do in Samos, you will find it difficult not to find something to your taste.
If you want a more relaxing time on the water when you visit you can take a boat tour either around the coastline or to another island.
The flying dolphin operates between Samos and Patmos and trips to Turkey are simple due to its close proximity.
A holiday here would not be complete without an evening out at a traditional taverna with local foods and the spectacle of traditional Greek dancing.
Visit Samos and enjoy stunning beaches, historic architecture and the best welcome that Greece can offer.