Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Pythagorio

Evpalinos Tunnel

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 for drinking water became crucial. To solve the problem,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pythagorio

Archaeological Museum of Pythagorio

One of the best museums on the islands. The exhibits in this smart space include beautifully displayed finds from Pythagorio, plus striking pottery pieces spanning the 9th century BC through to Greece's golden...

Archaeological Site in Pythagorio

Heraion

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 ‘Sacred Way’, once flanked by thousands of marble statues,...

Castle in Pythagorio

Castle of Lykourgos Logothetis

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 turbulent time. It’s situated on a hill at the southern...

Monastery in Pythagorio

Moni Panagias Spilianis

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 through old olive groves; it's a welcome respite from the...

Beach in Pythagorio

Pythagorio Town Beach

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 food and drinks.