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This Greek Island just off the coast of Turkey is very rarely discussed here. I suspect that its because people are keeping its wonders to themselves rather than Fodor conservatism.
Indeed it is beautiful. I stayed in Pythagorian which is very close to the airport and has a pretty post full of ships and restaurants.
I stayed at the Anthis apartments which is highly recommended on trip advisor but not one that I would recommend, only because it is a way out of the town. For some reviewers on that site this wasn’t a problem, but I think it is real issue.
Pythagorian has some very ancient sites that are worth short visits, and the museum is interesting although quite hot because of poor ventilation.
It also has some wonderful restaurants where we never once had a poor meal – it is cheap to eat and drink , but not as cheap as nearby Turkey.
People come back time and time to Samos, I suspect this is because it is exceptionally friendly, and this seems to have an impact on the tourists and it becomes one big melting pot. Never have I been to an Island where I have made friends so quick with Norwegians, Germans and Dutch
These were where I ate and there wasn’t much to choose between them, maybe Aphrodite restaurant takes the edge.
http://www.irodion-restaurant.com/
http://aphrodite-restaurant.gr/
http://www.eliarestaurant-samos.gr/
Also: Casa di Roma and the eccentric Tarzania restaurant.
Wherever you stay on Samos make sure you go on Captain Yanis’ boat trip which is excellent value and the most bizarre experience you can have. Captain Yanis (plus his baby goats) take you for a days sailing to blissful beaches and includes a lovely Bar-B-Q and drinks. It is definitely not for the shy and retiring.

Samos is also a good place for excursions to other islands like Patmos, and it is a mere 60 minutes boat ride to Ephesus.

Although I thoroughly recommend Pythagorian it is nothing compared to Kokari on the North of the island – I have never been to such a romantic place. This is a truly beautiful place in a jaw dropping setting and not even the villages of the Cinque Terre or Santorini can come anywhere near it. That is where I will stay on my return visit.

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