The island’s capital of Samos, is amphitheatrically built on the slopes around the natural harbour of Vathi. The island’s nobility (in ancient times Samos was one of the wealthiest and most powerful city states) is still evident in the architectural beauty and style of even the more modern buildings. Picturesque coastal villages like Pythagorion and Kokkari, or Platanos and Spathareoi that are nestled on the slopes, have the added plus of offering magnificent sunset views, making them perfect for a hike or visit that ends with a scenic cocktail or early dinner. Another wonderful way to enjoy summer nights is a visit to the open air cinema in Mytilinioi, where one can watch movies old and new under the starlit sky. Along the coast of Karlovasi, the old industrial and trade capital of the island, many of the tanneries and tobacco factories that flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries remain standing – their quaint turn-of-the-century industrial architecture transporting the visitor to times past.