Photo: I. Ξ. Kiloukiotis
A large pebble beach with a clean waters, and sandy patch further towards one end, Balos is peaceful as it’s not near the road. There are a limited number of umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and a few tavernas, among them a Cypriot restaurant. The beach has a little cave as well as a small modern church.
Potami (river) is a large pebble beach on the northeastern shore of Samos. It’s well worth taking the two-kilometer walk that starts at the river, takes you through a beautiful forest and concludes at the island’s famous waterfalls and a small lake that’s idea for a refreshing swim.
Just a few hundred meters from the Ireon archaeological site, and easily reachable by car, this beach is slightly uncomfortable as it has sharp rocks and pebbles at some points (this is particularly the case at a little beach that comes off the main one), thus special footwear is advised. There are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, as well as a shower and small changing room. Above the beach is a nice taverna.
Also known as Remataki, this cute, shallow, sandy beach gathers families, windsurfers and visitors who leave their boats in its bay. Located around 15km from Vathi, the beach has a bar serving refreshments and beer on tap and there are also sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. While there, you can visit the statue of Pythagoras by the beach.
A small island near the southern shore of Samos that can be visited daily from Pythagoreio in a one-hour trip on a small boat. The beach is considered one of Samos’ prettiest, because of it’s super fine, soft sand and crystalline azure waters and the lush vegetation on its rocky coves, yet its popularity also means that it’s often very busy with the boat-loads of visitors who stop over. There are a few umbrellas for rent and there’s a small tavern.
A sandy and fine pebble beach for the more adventurous visitor, as it can only be reached by foot or by boat. Located on the northwesterern coast of Samos on its mountainous side, the beach is considered one of the island’s most idyllic, as it is wild, secluded and especially loved by those who value their privacy, and nudists. There are no beach bars or restaurants, so bring water and sunscreen.
A 3km pebble beach laced with greenery is well protected from strong winds and is around 10km south of Vathi. The beach, which has several options, is ideal for those who like to keep busy in the sun, offering numerous water sports facilities as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent. Also good for children, as the water is of medium depth.
One of the island’s most touted beaches, Tsambou is a pebble beach with clean, crystal blue waters, and is surrounded by lush greenery. The beach has something for everyone, as there are a kiosk and some tavernas, and part of it has umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and showers, while further along the beach there is a more secluded part favored by nudists. It is located a little outside of Kokkari town and can be reached by following a steep path that leads from the central road.
Following the road to Kerveli in southern Samos, you’ll come across a sign leading you to Psylli Ammos, which is around 9km from Samos town (Vathi) and a 15 minute drive. Just one mile across from the Turkish coastline, this popular beach got its name from its very fine sand. It has shallow waters, which makes it especially welcoming to families with young children. The beach has sunbeds and umbrellas for rent.