The birthplace of Pythagoras, Epicurus and Aristarchus, Samos was one of the largest intellectual centres in the ancient world and the home of a number of important schools of philosophy.
The island’s stunning natural landscape combines imposing mountains, pine forests, and valleys full of vineyards and olive groves, as well as streams and beaches of wild exotic beauty. This has always made it irresistible to its admirers, said to have included Antony and Cleopatra. For centuries now, the famous sweet wine of Samos has been exported all over the world, and has even been approved for sacramental use in the Catholic Church.
Samos has a long, rich history that can be seen both in its archaeological treasures and in its mountain villages, which are jewels of vernacular architecture and bastions of local tradition. This, together with its strong gastronomic culture and vibrant art scene, helps explain the abundant charm of Samos and why it is viewed as a dream island for all tastes and times of year, easily accessible with a ferry ticket to Samos.