Chora of Samothrace is a traditional preserved settlement with special color, built in the slope of Mount Saos. Its picture is composed by beautiful cobbled streets, small squares and houses with tiled roofs. Some attractions worth a visit are the medieval castle, the Church of the Assumption from 1875, the Municipal Library and Cultural Center.
The Sanctuary of Greek God
The legend goes that the king Philip II of Macedon and the princess Olympias, Alexander the Great’s parents, met in Samothrace, during their initiation in the mysteries. Today you can visit the ruins of the old city (Paleopoli) and the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, which are situated in a beautiful green valley of Saos Mountain. It is the ideal setting for introducing you in the sacred ambience of the place.
Mount Saos or Fengari. Mount Saos is the highest mountain in the Aegean Sea (over 1600m in height), which impresses the visitor with its largeness. It was named after its height, since the pro-Hellenistic word “Samos” means height, while it is also called Feggari (Moon) as, according to tradition, the mountain is so high that it hides the moon.
On the south shore about 15 km from Kamariotissa, is postcard-perfect—nestled between two arms of rock that extend into the sea, with dramatic cliffs rising above it. The beach offers 800 meters of sand and protected swimming, stretching from a well-developed south end (offering a beach bar, an excellent fish taverna, fresh-water showers, and chaise lounges with sun umbrellas) to a quiet and undeveloped end on the north (offering peace and solitude). The beach is accessible by bus from Kamariotissa.
The second most popular beach is Kipos, a kilometers-long pebble beach that curves around the eastern tip of the island. Though it lacks Pachia Ammos’s sand, it does offer very comfortable sunbathing, crystal-clear water for snorkeling and diving, and an even stronger dose of peace and solitude (although there is a small food stand). Kipos lies about 18 km east of Therma on the north shore road, and also can be reached by bus.
The stunning Vatos beach vies with Pachia Ammos for sand and scenery, but can only be reached by tour boat or several hours of hiking from Pachia Ammos. However, nearly the entire north shore of Samothrace functions as a beach. The road follows the sea closely, and there are innumerable quiet spots where visitors pull off and walk down to claim their own private pebble beach nestled in the curve of the shoreline.
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 of Therma. It rushes over the rocky terrain, giving birth to several waterfalls and vathres (the natural stone carved pools which are a trademark of the island).
Top of Fonias trek path
Gria Vathra waterfall
Close to Thermal Spas, in the dense vegetation there is “Gria Vathra”. It takes ten minutes walking to reach the first vathra through a path with ancient old trees, ferns, oleanders, osiers and mints. Your company will be the beautiful, colorful dragonflies and the deafening chirping of birds and cicadas. Climbing above you will reach the second vathra, a small and shallow vathra beneath the shade of plane trees. Here the vathres are countless. If you continue walking up the paths you will meet a beautiful and cool vathra on every side. However, the second climbing is difficult and it is the best not to attempt it without an experienced guide.
Private hot spring Therma (4€/person)
One of the characteristics of Samothraki that makes it widely known, are the available sulfurous springs. In the village Therma Loutra, which owes its name to the existence of these sources, there are facilities with hot sulfurous springs. The thermal spas have healing properties and are beneficial for chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic rheumatic conditions, peripheral vascular disease, secondary skin conditions, gynecological conditions and obesity. The water of these sources is hypotonic, superheated and contains the following minerals: K, Na, Ca, Cl, Br, B, J. Spas facilities have two swimming-pools, one for men and one for women, and individual baths. They operate from late June to late October, while in the next few years the upgrade of this place to a hydrotherapy center of European specifications is expected and it will be open throughout the year.