Photo: I. Ξ. Kiloukiotis
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.
A small (half a kilometer long) pebble beach, located on the northeastern side of the island.
Around 12km from Vathi, along the road to Karlovassi, the beach is surrounded by greenery and facing pine-covered hills. It has cool, fresh sea water ideal for an invigorating swim. There are a small tavern and little hotel nearby.
A picturesque, small sandy beach in northern Samos, near Avlakia beach and Agios Konstantinos.
Also known as The Long Beach, this lively beach with small pebbles and a scattering of tavernas is near Kokkari town and is popular amongst windsurfers because of its strong northern winds.
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.
This very large, pebble and sand beach in southern Samos, is lined with many tavernas, hotels and houses nearby and has sunbeds and umbrellas for rent.
There’s nothing remarkable about this pebble beach, which sprawls out in front of the village and hotels, and is busy with tavernas and cafes. The beach is an easy stop for a dip especially if you’re staying at the village. Umbrellas and sunbeds are rented out here.
On the road towards Kerveli, around the Poseidonio hotel, you’ll find Klima beach (southeast Samos). Far from the madding crowds, this pleasant little hideout has clean, blue-green shallow waters, and a pebble beach that turns into sand as you enter the sea.
Just 1km from Vathi, this pebble beach has very clean waters and has been awarded a blue flag. There are a nearby café and tavern as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.
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.
A small isolated pebble and rock beach on the mountainous, northwestern side of the island that can only be reached by hiking. Not as scenic as Megalo Seitani, just a little further on.
A pebble beach located 21km from Vathi, where you’ll find plenty of options for food and drinks as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.
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.
A scenic and serene beach that can be reached by boat from Pythagoreion.
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 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.
With turquoise waters and embraced by rocks with a striking morphology, Aspres is ideal for snorkeling and chilling out. There are no umbrellas or sunbeds, and there is one taverna. In the Marathokampos area, along the road to Kallithea.
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 very large sand and pebble beach in southern Samos, quite near the airport (you’ll definitely see at least one or two planes fly by as you swim) and various hotels of Pythagoreio. There are many tavernas alongside the beach, as well as umbrellas and sunbeds for rent.
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.
This is the kind of beach you can spend the day at, as there are a few tavernas as well as free showers and plenty of greenery to find shade under during the hottest hours of the day. The stone and pebble beach is easily accessible by foot from Samos town.
In the Marathokampos area, along the road to Kallithea, and concealed between verdant hills that end in rocky cliffs, this pebble and gold sand beach is a little wild, and wonderful to the eye. The beach is nudist-friendly.
Located 12km from Vathi, this is one of the island’s most loved beaches, Lemonakia has fine sand and crystal clear, azure waters. Part of the beach has umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and there is also a taverna for a spot of lunch.
A small, quiet beach ideal for relaxing without disturbances, with very clean waters and several choices of tavernas, for your lunch break. It’s located 8km southeast of Vathi.
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.