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 ChoiceTaverna in Pythagorio

To Tigani tis Platias

Beautiful Greek standards, popular with both locals and visitors. It's especially great for veggie choices, such as baked feta, gigantes (white beans) and courgette balls, all a cut above average. Meat grills...

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...

Desserts in Pythagorio

Two Spoons

Make sure you run a marathon before coming to this place, because you'll be hard pressed to prevent yourself from gorging on profiteroles, millefeuille and pavlova. Milkshakes are also on offer and – unusually...

Bar in Pythagorio

Katoi

In the main street, this smallish modern place combines the virtues of a deli and an ouzerie (place that sells ouzo and like snacks). Ouzo and tsipouro are served with local cheeses and ham (€5 for the combo),...

Cafe in Pythagorio

Kafeneio To Mouragio

The warm ambience and predominantly Greek clientele hint at the fact that this place delivers the goods, with snacks such as chickpea croquettes and assorted mezedhes. Enjoy coffee in the morning and, later, iced...

Bar in Pythagorio

Iera Odos Art Cafe

Lush, decadent luxury is not what you'd expect in this corner of the Aegean, but here you are, amidst velvet cushions and lavish chandeliers, with a cocktail glass in your hand. There's also a terrace and a...

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...

Bakery in Pythagorio

Chalara

Very useful 24-hour bakery selling large pies with cheese and mushrooms, plus croissants, fresh orange juice and coffee. Convenient for hiking trips, early boats and late night post-party bouts of hunger.

Bar in Pythagorio

Notos

From the main road, turn right (south) at the port to find this popular late-night music bar and taverna, opposite a public car park. Live music most Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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.

Taverna in Pythagorio

Faros

This eastern harbour eatery sits on the bay, beyond Elia Taverna. Faros is a minimalist, contemporary Mediterranean bistro serving huge bowls of salad and excellent versions of traditional Greek dishes, including...

Taverna in Pythagorio

Taverna Maritsa

Relax away from the waterfront at this side-street psarotaverna (fish taverna) near the castle. Fresh fish by the kilo and hearty soups and salads, with draught wine.

Fast Food in Pythagorio

Robinson

A nice pit stop for juicy pitta souvlaki and gyros at the main junction of Pythagorio, a few doors towards the port.