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Tourist Guide of Samothrace

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Samothrace is situated in the Northern Agean and has been considered a holy and blessed island since ancient times.  Both its impressive flora and rich nature impress travelers from the very first moment they arrive on the island.

One can say that Samothrace is ‘separated’ into two parts: the northern part and the southern part. On the one hand, the northern side of the island is full of vegetation but its natural wealth does not stop here; lakes, waterfalls and gargling brooks make it remarkable and unique.  On the other hand, the northern area hosts a stricter and wilder beauty. The steep rocks, the small streams and the remote beaches give the island a different kind of magnificence.

The island’s main feature is its rich history and abundant archeological sites. Byzantine churches, small chapels, medieval castles and watermills transfer every visitor to another era and make one’s stay a magical experience.

’Kamariotissa’ is the island’s ‘welcome hostess’ and is none other than the picturesque port, which also happens to be situated in the island’s largest settlement. Its name is derived from an icon of the Virgin Mary, which was found on a shore and was brought there by the sea.

At a distance of about 7km from ‘Kamariotissa’, one can find ‘Palaiopoli’, which is a place of great archeological importance as it includes one of the most prominent archeological areas in Greece, the Alter of the Great Gods.

A few kilometers down the road, lie ‘Kato Kariotes’ and ‘Ano Kariotes’. Their most characteristic feature is the church of ‘The birth of The Virgin Mary’. This area is teaming with all kinds of greenery such as wild-pear trees, chestnut trees, oaks, pine trees and cherry trees.

A very popular area of Samothrace is ‘Therma’, also known as ‘Loutra’. It is also very verdant and is surrounded by traditional restaurants and rooms to let. The area includes two state camping sites and a marina for private boats. One can also find thermal baths that attract visitors from all over Greece all year round. The area has plenty of natural streams, waterfalls and small lakes, the most famous one being ‘Gria Vartha’. The essence of mint and osier will captivate any wonderer and the variety of images makes it a popular destination.

Another part of Samothrace worth visiting is the river ‘Fonias’. A medieval castle is situated at its estuary, where the largest stream of the island can be found as well as the greates waterfall ‘Klidosi’, which is 35m tall. Also, the flora and fauna in this area has flourished a lot.
An area that is also fascinating is ‘Kipos’ (which is translated as ‘The Garden’). The perfect balance that can be found in the varieties of blues and greens is breathtaking. Here, the cool, crisp waters of the Aegean Sea are in perfect harmony with the vast, thick greenery of the imposing mountains.  

In the northern part of the island one can find a small, traditional settlement called ‘Alonia’.
The quiet tranquility that this place exudes is ideal for a peaceful holiday of solitude.

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Other neighbouring areas include ‘Makrilies’, with its endless olive groves, ‘Xirokambos’, with its thich vegetation and ‘Lakoma’. Olive trees are cultivated abundantly in this area of ‘Samothrace’, giving it a Mediterranean character. If you follow the coastal road, you will end up at a spectacular landscape with and exquisite view, which can be seen from the Chapel of St. Elias.  From there, ion a clear day, one can see the island of ‘Limnos’ and ‘Imvros’. If you head south, you will find the church of ‘The Virgin Mary Kriminiotissa’, which is on a hilltop and has a wonderful view of ‘Pachia Ammos’.
From ‘Pachia Ammos’ you can take a small boat and visit beautiful and remote beaches and small bays, with tall rocks that give the landscape a imposing character.
The area is of great ecological value as its caves host the Mediterranean seal (Monachus Monachus).  The beaches of Samothrace are beautifully embedded with white pebbles and are all crystal clear and extremely clean
For the lovers of good food, do not forget to try the local cuisine, including wild goat and traditional desserts such as ‘praousti’ and ‘kaisi’. It is also worth purchasing fine materials and ceramics.


Accommodation
For your stay in Samothrace you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Kamariotissa, Therma as well as in many other areas of Samothrace, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can find a list of hotels and rooms to let, as well as special offers for low cost holidays, in the list of lodgings in the area and the accommodation offers and deals.


Access
Access to the island of Samothrace is possible by ship from Alexandroupolis Port.
You can reach Alexandroupolis by your own vehicle or by the Evros Bus. You can also go by train or airplane.
In the island, in case you don't have your own vehicle, you can use public transport that covers most of the island.
Samothrace Bus (KTEL) Town Hall tel: +30 25513.50.800

The best way to explore the island is by car so as to visit various places that the public transportation and the organized tours cannot reach.
Most parts of the island are easily accessed by the asphalt roads.

By ship:
Alexandroupolis Port is connected to Kamariotissa in Samothrace.
Samothrace Port Authority: +30 25510.41.305
Alexandroupolis Port Authority: +30 25510.26.468

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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