This is the harbour of Samothraki in the west of the island closed to
the promontory of Akrotiri. It will be your first contact with the island.
For sure it is the most busiest place on the island. Here you will find
a lot of restaurents, cafes, hotels, supermarkets. It's nice to take an
evening walk at the harbour. The church of the Panayia Kamariotissa is
on the site of an early Christian basilica of which some architectural
fragments may be seen.
Hora is the capital of Samothraki. The city is built into a valley In
medieval times it was a refuge against pirate attacks. Near the police
station you will find the remains of an medieval tower.
This is the ancient city and the excavation site of Samothraki. Here you
will find the museum of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. The world famous
nike was found here. Nike was created to represent a Greek victory. Probably
Paleiopolis was distoyed by an earthquake. Maybe Nike had lost her head
in this earthquake. Over the centurys Palaiopolis saw many celebrity guests
Gods Herodotus and King Lysander of Sparta were initiated. Aristophanes
and Plato refer to its Mysteries. Here Philip of Macedonia met and fell
in love with his wife Olympias of Epirus, mother of Alexander the Great.
St. Paul visited the island on his way to Philippi.
Therma (Loutra) at the north coast is probably the best place to spend
your holiday. In spring and summer it is a lovely green place. You will
find some very old bizare sycamore trees in a wood near Therma. You will
see faces dragons and mythical creatures in every tree. This place reminds
me all the time on J.R.R. Tolkin's novels. By following the way through
the wood you will find some nice cataractes. Another beautiful waterfall
called Paradiso can be found on the Westside of Therma. Close to Therma
is a sulphur well.
This is the highest village of Samothraki. You will find a lot of restaurants
there where you can eat goat and watch the wonderful sunset.
If you want to climb Mount Fengari, you should start in Therma in the
early morning hours.
First you will walk a while through the skrub. Then you will get to an
oak tree forest and finaly you will reach the peak, You should calculate
sup to six hours for this.
On Fonias you will find some of the biggest waterfalls of Samothraki.
After following the river you will get to the first cataract, with 12
m the highest one.
Going 30 meters back and climbing the hill righthand will bring you to
a plateau with the remains of some ancient buildings and the rest of ancient
path. Following this path will bring you to one of the most beautiful
cascades and a holy place as well
That means "fat sand" and is a nice beach between the steep
coast. You will find a restaurant too.
Kipos means garden. And so looks this place. The steep coast starts there.
It's a good place for snorceling and relaxing on the dark silicic beach