The island of Samos boasts a history that roots back to more than 25 centuries. In antiquity, Samos was the home of the mathematician Pythagoras, the philosopher Epicurus, the fabulist Aesop, and the astronomer Aristarchus. Hera, the mythological queen of Mount Olympus and wife of Zeus, was born on Samos, and as such, grandiose temples were erected in the spectacular Heraion village in her honour.
The island’s history lives on through impressive archaeological sites, museums, historical monuments and, most importantly, its day-to-day traditions. The most impressive site, the Heraion, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a popular attraction for visitors from all over the world.
Just picture yourself stretched out on a sun-lounger basking in the glorious Greek sun, the ozonic Aegean breeze caressing your skin as you sip perfectly chilled Samian wine, a product that has been savoured here since antiquity. Imagine the golden sand, or the colourful pebbles and crystal cobalt sea sparkling in the light.
The choice of locations for realizing such dreamy visions is endless, with 70 heavenly beaches across the island – many of them equipped with umbrellas and sun-beds, and awarded a Blue Flag for their clean crystalline waters. On the southern side of the island, the long sandy beaches are sheltered from the northern winds, whereas on the northern side there are smaller, more remote pebble beaches and charmingly wild rocky coastlines.
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.
It’s worth sampling a selection of the island’s organic local products across open-air markets, restaurants and of course, at Marnei Mare Estate. The Protected Designation Origin (PDO) label is used for Samos’ enticing sweet wines, produced from the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains variety, which is famous for its fine, small white berries. The fertile Samian land also produces exceptional honey coming from many species of trees and plants, quality virgin olive oil with a silky texture, aroma and unique flavor, premium quality herbs, fruit and vegetables as well dairy products and a variety of fish and seafood. The Mytilineos family’s passion for high-quality wine goes back a long way, and we produce some of the finest examples of this local delight.