Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Vathy

Livadaki Beach

Follow the north-coast road out of Vathy for 10km and look for a signposted dirt road to the left leading to Livadaki Beach. Here, tropical azure waters lap against soft sand in a long sheltered cove with facing isl…
Top Choice Taverna in Northern Samos

Hippy's Restaurant Café

This cool open-air cafe-bar is a family affair, combining Greek and South Seas decor with jazz, reggae, classical, trip hop and ambient sounds. Good omelettes, pasta, grilled fresh fish and skewers are served, as we…
Top Choice Taverna in Vathy

Taverna Artemis

The Vathy Greek crowd relies on Artemis for fresh fish and well-prepared mezedhes and mayirefta dishes, though it is perhaps best known for sardeles pandremenos. In Greek, pandremenos means 'married', and the sardin…
Top Choice 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 ou…
Greek in Northern Samos

Archontissa Potami Adventure Cafe

Its called Adventure for good reason: trekking along the creek before climbing wooden stairs on a near-vertical slope is indeed just that. But this canopy-level terrace is good enough reason to do the Potami waterfa…
Taverna in Pythagorio


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 Sa…
Jewellery in Northern Samos


A duo or – as they call it – an alloy of female artists, Alek Lindus and Maria Karavatou produce mesmerisingly beautiful, prehistoric-looking jewellery that fuses silver with various mineral and organic materials. Y…
Mediterranean in Pythagorio


In a quaint side street, this slightly upmarket place fuses taverna standards with other Mediterranean, notably Italian, fare. Smyrna-style soutsoukakia meatballs are outstanding and so are mushrooms a la Greco. Bre…
Beach in Pythagorio

Pythagorio Town Beach

A short walk west of Pythagorio brings you to a pristinely clean beach with umbrellas and toilets. It’s an easy stroll (less than 1km) from town and there’s decent swimming, but pack your own food and drinks.
Archaeological Site in Pythagorio

Evpalinos Tunnel

In 524 BC, when Pythagorio (then called Samos) was the island’s capital and a bustling metropolis of 80,000, the securing of sources for drinking water became crucial. To solve the problem, ruler Polycrates put his …