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Pic of the day: Kokkari’s Long Beach

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Long Beach at Kokkari village on Samos

The long pebbly arc of the aptly named Long Beach is one of three separate beaches at Kokkari village on Samos

 

 

Greece holiday pic of the day

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a building in Kokkari Samos

Blue shutters on a waterfront building in Kokkari village on Samos

 

 

Greece holiday pic of the day

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Kokkari village on Samos

Houses on the hillside above Kokkari village harbour on Samos

 


Greece holiday 2010: Beaches at Kokkari, Samos

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Long Beach at Kokkari on Samos

A hillside view overlooking the aptly-named Long Beach at Kokkari on Samos

 

One village, three beaches: The picturesque seaside village of Kokkari on Samos boasts something few other towns in the Greek Islands can brag about: three beaches. On one side of the village is Long Beach, a very long (of course) pebbly beach lined with shops, bars and tavernas and offering rental lounge chairs and umbrellas. On the other side are two crescent-shaped beaches, also pebbly, that sit back-to-back, separated by a small strip of land. Oddly enough, they’ve both got the same name: Small Lemonakia. Below are pics of the two Lemonaki beaches, along with brief videoclips of them.

 

Small Lemonakia beach

The Small Lemonakia beach closest to Kokkari (just a two-minute walk away)

 

Small Lemonakia beach

The second Small Lemonakia beach is literally a stone’s throw away from the first

 

 

 

Greece holiday 2010: Samos

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Kokkari on Samos

Houses, tavernas and boats beside the harbour in Kokkari

 

Hotel hopping: Samos was our third (and final) island destination in 2010.  Like Patmos, it had terrific scenery, good hiking and cycling, and was another laid-back, perfect place for relaxing. We enjoyed it almost as much as Patmos, and may have liked it more if our meals had been enjoyable as the two we had at Flisvos taverna. That’s not to say the food wasn’t good on Samos; it was. Our meals just weren’t as memorable as the ones we had on Patmos. We had a great time here, but again had only one regret about going: not enough time. Samos is a large island and, as it turned out, we got to see only a small part of it. But that means there’s so much more for us to see next visit.

What we liked about Samos:

The walking & cycling. We had a blast cycling from Vathi, the main port town on Samos, to the scenic seaside village of Kokkari, as well as through the resort area called Kalami. Eploring Vathi’s steep, stepped streets on foot was fun, too. When we first approached Vathi, in a taxi from the port town of Pythagorion (where we had arrived by ferry from Patmos), it looked like a small city — much bigger than we’d been expecting — and we weren’t sure we would like it. But it grew on us, and we really enjoyed it.

The scenery. Until this holiday, most of our island hopping had been in the Cyclades, where the islands share some common visual characteristics: rocky, barren landscapes dotted with whitewashed cube-shaped houses and picturesque blue-domed churches. Samos was completely different: its mountains and hillsides were lush and thick with trees and green vegetation, while its buildings topped with terra cotta-coloured tile roofs gave it somewhat of a western Mediterranean look and feel. But like the islands in the Cyclades, Samos had gorgeous mountain, coastline and beach scenery, charming towns and friendly people.

The views from our hotels. We spent our first night at the waterfront Hotel Samos in Vathi, where our balcony had terrific views of the town and Vathi Bay. We spent the next three nights at the Andromeda Hotel in Kalami, where we had even better views of mountains, coastlines and Vathi Bay, not to mention spectacular sunsets.

At some time in the near future I’m hoping to post a more detailed report about our time on Samos. In the meantime, below are a few photos from our visit.

 

Vathi, the main port town on Samos

Houses with terra cotta-coloured tile roofs in the port town, Vathi

 

Houses in Vathi on Samos

Houses on a hillside above Vathi Bay

 

Hotel Samos in Vathi

Hotel Samos in Vathi, where we spent our first night on the island

 

The waterfront of Vathi on Samos

A view of the Vathi waterfront from the Hotel Samos rooftop patio

 

the waterfront business street in Vathi

Businesses along the waterfront street in Vathi

 

Vathi town square

The main town square in Vathi

 

a street in Vathi

A steep stepped street in Vathi

 

a street in Vathi

A street in Vathi

 

Steps on a hillside street in Vathi

Another Vathi street with dozens of steep steps

 

Kids playing on a street in Vathi

Kids playing on a street in Vathi

 

Spiral staircase

A spiral staircase at an apartment building in Vathi

 

a building in Vathi

A building at the corner of two hillside streets in Vathi

 

a street in Vathi

A long street leading down the hill toward Vathi Bay

 

a steep road in Vathi

A car parked on a steep road in Vathi

 

a church in Vathi

A huge church in Vathi

 

a cafe at the main town square in Vathi

A colourful café in the main town square in Vathi


a gas station in Vathi

A gas station on the street level of an apartment building in Vathi

 

a Vathi street

Another steep Vathi street

 

the Colossal Kouros

The Colossal Kouros in the Vathi archaeological museum is almost 5 meters tall

 

the butt of the Colossal Kouros

I know people at my gym who would kill to have a rock-hard butt like this

 

Gagou beach

Colourful umbrellas on Gagou beach near Vathi

 

Two cats near Gagou beach

Two cats outside a house near Gagou beach

 

apartments at Roditses beach

Apartments overlooking Roditses beach a short walk from Vathi

 

Andromeda Hotel in Kalami

The Andromeda Hotel in Kalami, where we stayed for three nights

 

Andromeda Hotel balcony view

Our balcony at the Andromeda Hotel had views across Vathi Bay

 

Houses on a hillside above the coast in Kalami

Our balcony also had views of houses on the hillside above the Kalami coastline

 

Andromeda Hotel balcony view

Our balcony overlooked the hotel’s big swimming pool

 

Andromeda Hotel swimming pool

Another view of the swimming pool at the Andromeda Hotel

 

Andromeda Hotel swimming pool and cafe

Our best dinner on Samos was the home-cooked meal that Nico & Mama prepared for us at the Andromeda’s poolside bar and café (left)

 

the coastline below the Andromeda Hotel

The coastline below the Andromeda Hotel

 

the Kalami coastline

The view to the right from the seashore below the Andromeda Hotel

 

the countryside in Kalami

A view of Vathi Bay from the countryside in Kalami

 

a quiet bay near Agia Paraskevi

A quiet bay near Agia Paraskevi, past Kalami

 

Kalami on the opposite side of Vathi Bay

Looking across Vathi Bay toward Kalami during our bikeride to Kokkari

 

a beach near Kalami Bay

A beach near the mouth of Kalami bay

 

the view toward Kalami and Vathi

The view toward Kalami and Vathi from a hillside across the bay

 

Houses in Kokkari

Houses on a hill above the harbour in Kokkari

 

tavernas in Kokkari

Harbourside tavernas and bars in Kokkari

 

Kokkari postcard shop

A postcard shop in Kokkari

 

Kokkari harbour

Harbourside houses and tavernas in Kokkari

 

cats under a bench in Kokkari

Cats find a shady spot to sleep next to a small seaside house in Kokkari

 

a beach at Kokkari

The main beach — one of three — at Kokkari

 

a beach at Kokkari

Lounge chairs and umbrellas on the main beach at Kokkari

 

a beach at Kokkari

A hillside view of the main beach in Kokkari

 

a beach at Kokkari

One of the three beaches at Kokkari, this stony beach is separated from another by just a thin strip of land (visible at upper left)

 

one of the beaches at Kokkari

This is the other Kokkari beach just around the bend from the one pictured above

 

Andromeda Hotel balcony at sunset

Enjoying a beautiful sunset from our balcony at the Andromeda Hotel

 

 

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