Just north of Samos’ main town is the little village and beautiful pebbly beach called Agia Paraskevi, named after the chapel found there. The entire coastline here is called Nisi (island) and you’ll adore exploring it all. Or a little further away, around the northeastern coastline, are the beaches of Mourtias and Kerveli, where you can also start your journey. Sheltered and remote, they are blessed with water that has a colour that needs to be seen to be believed. You can snorkel here or anywhere along your route. Make time to enjoy Kerveli, lying under the shade of the tall trees for a feeling of escape or visiting the nearby cave.
Just west of Pythagorio on the south coast, you reach Ireon (or Heraion), one of Samos’ draw-card beaches because of its 400m of sand (and some pebbles). There are facilities here and you’ll enjoy taking a dip in the protected bay but make sure you venture down the coast, exploring the coves and snorkelling, as far as Pappa, a wonderful little beach organised in three terraces of sunbeds and with a taverna. Or heading up the coast, towards Pythagorio, you reach the Heraion of Samos, an impressive ancient sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Hera, the wife of Zeus.
The long bay of Marathokampos, to the southwest, has so many beaches and coves to explore that it’s hard to know where to start. Near the village of Pefkos is the fantastic sandy beach of Perri, with a cave nearby. From here, some kayaking groups even head as far as Samiopoula, the little island off the coast of Samos. Or just to the west of Pefkos is Balos, another remote setting with a large cave right on the beach. Park your kayak and make sure you explore a bit on foot. You’ll love the rock formations. And to the western end of Marathokampos Bay is Limniona, one of Samos’ beach magnets. With water coming down from Mt Kerkis, the sea here is a little colder which means the visibility for snorkelling is fantastic.
The west coast
If it’s remote you’re after and a west-facing view that’s perfect for admiring the sunset, head to Plaka. It’s near the village of Kallithea and has beautiful calm and clear water, soft sand and views to the islands of Fourni and Ikaria.
The north coast
The north coast of Samos can be windy but there are a couple of gems that will interest the adventure-seekers out there. Setting out from Potami beach (near the port of Karlovasi), a day trip to the beaches of Mikro and Megalo Seitani is an experience you won’t forget. The only other way to get to this pair of sandy beaches is by hiking. The scenery of forest and cliff-face is breathtaking, before you arrive at the smaller of the two beaches. It’s up to you whether you continue to its big brother. Either way, you’ll experience wild beauty on an epic scale.