Samos Island Greece Walks and Photos.
Hill and Beach Walks to try on Samos, Greece - walking in the hills visiting churches and monasteries and coastal walks to beaches.
Samos is an excellent Greek island to chose for going out hiking whilst on your holidays, especially if you like walking on tracks and in wooded areas, although how much woodland is left now is debateable since they have suffered from several huge fires on the island. You can buy a decent map of Samos (we used one called Road Edition no.210) which shows the tracks and paths and then it's easy to make up your own walks around the numerous tracks.
As is often the case on the Islands there seems to be an obsessive amount of bulldozing of new tracks on Samos to be wary of - often resulting in them carelessly obliterating existing tracks and paths. This should be born in mind if you follow any of these walks instructions below since it is quite likely new tracks have been laid by now.
Samos Walks on this Page
Kokkari to Mytilini to Kokkari - Circular walk
Kokkari to Ag Konstantinos - via Vourliotes, Manolate and Stavrinides
Kambos to Kokkari - via Vourliotes and Moni Vronda
Potami to Megalo - Coast+beaches walk
Prof Ilias to Kamari - Track walking with loads of Butterflies
A Walk on Samos Greece from Kambos to Kokkari.
This walk starts off at Kambos - we got a taxi from Kokkari and told the driver we wanted the track to
Vourliotes (which he knew). Note this walk starts off with a climb of around 1500 feet so it certainly gets your knees going from the start, and also remember you do need to have drinks etc. with you and should wear reasonable footwear - needless to say walking boots are always best for hiking in our opinion. Go up this track and soon pass a small church on your right (we diverted slightly to have a look and take it's photo). Continue steadily upwards through the vineyards,
passing the Three Springs taverna which is about half way up, until you reach Vourliotes. Make your way through the village and eventually come to a small square with several tavernas - the Blue Chairs Taverna certainly does a very refreshing real orange juice.
A walk from Kokkari to Ag Konstantinos - Samos Greece.
This walk is quite hard in that it's around 10 miles ( a long way in the 35 deg.
when we did it), and is very up and down - but there are tavernas at Vourliotes, Manolates and Stavrinides. The walk starts at the end of the Kokkari by-pass (west end) - look for and take a narrow road heading up. When you reach a 3-way junction
(after around 3 to 4 minutes) fork right, then shortly turn left above some greenhouses - the track becomes a path and passes under an unusual looking bridge. Carry on
to a stream, cross this to the right and pick up a path which leads to a second wider stream, cross this on the stepping stones and follow the marked path up -
cross a track and continue on up the marked rocky path. When the path reaches a wide track turn left and almost immediately right and look for a very narrow path
going up on your left. A few minutes along this path will bring you back down to a stream bed - cross this and take the path which winds up and out of the valley.
Continue along this as it winds through the olive and pines and eventually you come to a stream bed - in the heat this was a welcome spot to stop for a drink and cool down some (temperature when we did this walk was around 35 degrees). Leave the stream
bed and continue on as the track winds up - eventually at a bend another track comes in from the left but continue on bearing slightly
right on the original track -
this is now a steep uphill section which ends at a T-junction - turn right and carry on ultimately passing through a cutting - the views up here are really great. Now the track bears slightly left (if you carry straight on it's a dead end - or was
but you know these bulldozers on the islands..). After
about 20 yards look for a narrow path on your left (this did have a red paint-dot on a stone) - this path zigzags down to the bottom of the valley - cross the stream bed and then bear slightly right up the other side (passing a farm on the left). This path comes out on a main track where you turn left and follow the signs back to Kokkari.
Walking from Potami to Megalo Seitani and returning to Potami on Samos, Greece.
This easy to follow coastal walk is located at the North West coast of Samos and goes via two beaches - it's worth noting that when we walked this route we saw quite a few mostly small snakes which were generally dozing on the paths - the trick was to be a bit shuffle footed i.e. make some noise and they all cleared off quickly.
However wearing walking boots or similar rather than sandles or flip flops is probably therefore desirable - and anyway the paths are often quite stoney and rocky which makes boots or trainers far more comfortable. Start the walk at Potomi where the tarmac road becomes a track, after about 15 minutes note but
ignore the first track off to your right but then take a path on the right a couple of minutes later which is marked with a cairn.
Continue on this path as it goes past a stone hut on your right and meanders down through olive groves to eventually arrive at the first bay (Mikro Seitani Bay). Cross the beach to a sort of ladder (hopefully it's still there) and climb/clamber up the rocks to the path again.
Now follow the path in and around the folds of the hill - the excellent views are enhanced with the gradual appearance of the Kerkis mountains on your left. Eventually the path reaches Megalo Seitani bay - great place for a swim and picnic - don't expect to be alone here since this walk is very popular with walkers. Return to Potami is simply a matter of having to retrace the outbound route.
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