Art in the Port


Previously devoid of any special charms, the island's second capital has reinvented itself by inviting a group of internationally acclaimed street artists to use its many derelict storehouses and industrial facilities as canvasses, thus filling the dull landscape with large surreal images and a even couple of installations. Most of these can be seen in the port area while you are waiting for the next ferry.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Samos attractions

1. Karlovasi Folk Art Museum

1.22 MILES

Documents life, customs and dress in Karlovasi 100 years ago, when the busy port flourished as a leather-tanning and tobacco-trade centre. Located near…

2. Heraion

13.96 MILES

It's hard to fully grasp the former magnificence of this ancient sanctuary of the goddess Hera, 4km west of Pythagorio, from these scattered ruins. The …

3. Evpalinos Tunnel

15.2 MILES

In a word: extraordinary. In 524 BC, when Pythagorio (then called Samos) was the island’s capital and a bustling metropolis of 80,000, securing sources…

4. Pythagorio Town Beach

15.49 MILES

A short (less than 1km) walk west of Pythagorio brings you to this pristine beach with umbrellas and toilets. There’s decent swimming, but pack your own…

5. Moni Panagias Spilianis

15.51 MILES

About 1.5km northwest of Pythagorio, the road forks right, past traces of an ancient theatre, before reaching this grotto monastery. The walk meanders up…

6. Archaeological Museum of Pythagorio

15.79 MILES

One of the best museums on the islands. The exhibits in this smart space include beautifully displayed finds from Pythagorio, plus striking pottery pieces…

7. Castle of Lykourgos Logothetis

15.85 MILES

Samians took the lead locally in the 1821 War of Independence, and this castle, built in 1824 by resistance leader Logothetis, is the major relic of that…

8. Museum of Samos Wines

16.06 MILES

Look for this handsome stone building opposite the new ferry quay to find one of Samos' best vintners. Winery tours usually take place when you show up,…