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Wo man bleint : Samos Hotels

It combines high mountains and rich vegetation with beautiful beaches and lively nightlife and of course places of cultural interest. It was an important and powerful city-state in ancient times and the birthplace of the mathematician and philosopher Pythagora as well as the astrophysicist Aristarxhos, who was the first to formulate the theory of the earth's movement. The Ionian colonists first inhabited it around the end of the 3rd millennium BC. However in the years 700-500 BC the island's economy flourished and it developed colonies as far as Egypt and became an important nautical power especially during the years under the tyranny of Polikrati. After the Persian Wars, in the year of 478 BC, the island belonged to the Dilos Alliance and the Democratic Constitution was enforced by theAthenians . It was then taken over by the Romans and during the Byzantine era it belonged to the Island Theme Alliance. In 1204 it belonged to the French and in 1576 after a century of forage under the Turkish rule it was once again inhabited. Even though it played important role in the revolution against Turkish, it was giving over to the Turkish by the French, English and the Russians but still remain partially independent until 1913 when it was again reunited with Greece. In the Town Hall and the Gallery of the island you can admire rare relics of the island whilst the archeological museum is one of the most remarkable in Greece. The temple of the Goddess Hera, which according to mythology Samos is the birthplace of the goddess, is the oldest temple on the island, the monastery of Panagia Vrodiani, the monastery of Zoodohos Pigi, the church of Aghios Yiannis, the church of Aghios Spyridonas, the Paleontology Museum and the Byzantine Museum are some of the places that you must visit if you ever find yourselves in Samos. Samos town or Vathi is the capital city of the island and the biggest port as well. Samos has many beaches full of fine white sand and crystal clear waters. The villages and the small island of Samiopoula, are perfect for one-day excursions. For those who love mountains, a visit to Kerki, at a height of 1,440m, will surely delight you. There you can visit the villages of Kallithea, Aghia Kyriaki and Drakei. The Kokkari is one of the most popular places on the island whilst in Marathokambos you will find the cave the Pythagoras hid in to get away from Polikratis. But the true delight of the island, you will find at the Votsalakia Beach. The white, blue, yellow and red pebbles that cover the beach will leave you amazed. There are picturesque little stores and restaurants all over the island that serve delicious traditional meals such as local appetizers that are accompanied by the sweet local wine. You can either catch an airplane to the island from Athens, or ferry from Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Alexandroupoli, Dodecanisa, Kavala, Cyclades, and the Aegean Islands and flying dolphins from Dodecanisa

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