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To the north of the Aegean lies one of the most mountainous islands of Greece in the region of Thrace. On an area of 180 square kilometres, Samothrace offers a home to 2,773 inhabitants. In the shallow coastal regions of the bay of Saros there are extensive shingle and sandy beaches. The breath-taking view from Mount Fengari has been famous for a long time, even as far back as being mentioned in Greek mythology. The sea god Poseidon is said to have watched the battle for Troy from the peak of these mountains.
The Fengari montain range has given a varied scenery to this Greek island – from leafy orchards towards the north and roaring torrents to arable land and olive trees. The region of the south-east coast remains inaccessible, as it is guarded by rock faces that are 800 metres high.
The first settlements on Samothrace date back to the early period around 5000 BC. Even today, Samothrace still has a legendary reputation as the island of gods and myths. Age-old roads guide you to the ancient location of the temple precinct. The ‘genius loci’ or the resident spirit is still the same and can be felt by those who picture the pilgrimages to the temples more than 2000 years ago. In 2012, Samothrace received the award of “Quality Coast” for developments in the area of sustainable tourism. Hikers in particular benefit from Greece’s unspoilt countryside. Why not get a local guide to accompany you on your trekking tours to show you the archaeological sites of the island?
Local taverns like the Kamariotissa Giannelou or the Profitis Ilias I PIGI offer inspiring entertainment with good company and local specialties like Feta cheese, Peperoni Kafteri or Kaziki fourno. Madi, a cross between pasties and ravioli, is also worth a try.
The town of Therma has a thermal swimming pool with water from a sulphur spring. The ingredients help to cure illnesses and physical ailments. On the top floor of this thermal swimming pool you can relax in a covered pool, look out onto the sea and experience Greece at its best.
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Villages of Samothrace
The quiet harbour town of Kamariotissa lies on the island of Samothrace. With just under 1000 inhabitants, it is not a densely populated town, but its large and inviting harbour makes it one of the gems of the island. Each year new developments and buildings are added and contribute to modernizing the appearance of the town. At present, Kamariotissa boasts a variety of guesthouses, holiday apartments and hotels as well as numerous local and communal institutions. In the past the inhabitants of Kamariotissa had to defend the town against attacks by pirates who made the harbour of Kamariotissa one of their favourite targets. Nowadays modern ships anchor where the old harbour used to be, and with a rising demand for mooring spaces, the piers have been considerably extended. The tourist infrastructure is well-developed now, with a sufficient number of internet cafes, banks, taverns and shops in the town centre to satisfy even the most demanding holiday-makers.
The small resort of Loutra, also called Therma, is situated on the mountainous island of Samothrace in Eastern Macedonia. The northern part of the island is very fertile and green, and, shaded by its gigantic plane trees, nut-trees and chestnut trees, Loutra is one of the most beautiful places on Samothrace. It is less than half a mile from the sea and has its own little harbour where private yachts are welcome to anchor. During the summer months holiday-makers can go on boat-trips around the island, as the spectacular rocks of the South coast can only be admired from the sea. Near the harbour is a man-made little beach next to some hotels and taverns. Loutra is also a good starting point for mountain hikes to the Fengari mountain range that extends across the centre of the island. Its highest peak at 1611 metres is Mount Marmara. Another opportunity not to be missed is a visit to the mineral springs of Samothrace, hot sulphur springs, that can have a positive influence on arthritis and joint problems for those who bathe in them.
The capital or chora of the Greek island of Samothrace is colloquially called Samothrace as well. The island is situated in the northern Aegean which is part of the Greek administrative region of East Macedonia and Thrace. The chora, an idyllic little town complete with a maze of winding lanes and the traditional whitewashed stone houses adorned with brilliant blue window frames and doors, lies in the centre of the small island. Rampant greenery and colourful flowers and bushes contribute to the lively and attractive atmosphere of the place. Samothrace’s main source of income is agriculture, but tourism is on the increase, as many Greek holiday-makers love the small rocky island with its picturesque landscape and rich fauna. There are fairly basic hotels and guesthouses in the chora, traditional restaurants and taverns too, but no big hotel complexes geared to mass tourism. The chora is not far from Kamariotissa, the port of Samothrace that operates a regular ferry service to the mainland and the surrounding islands.
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