Monthly Archives: August 2014

Potami, Samos

Potámi is the name of town and beach on the north-west coast of Samos, west to Karlovasi; if you go toward inland, you find this forest. Potami means “river” in Greek and the name drives from the one in the photo below. If you trace this river toward mountains, you will find a waterfall (but I did not reach there; see below).

Potami, Samos

Potami, Samos

This is the Byzantine church of Metamorphosis that you find just at the beginning of the path that follows the river. It was built in the eleventh century, the oldest standing in Samos.

Metamorfosis, Potami

Metamorfosis, Potami

It was difficult to take the photo of the whole as there was not enough space and there were too many trees around it.

The church is not kept very well and rather damp. This below is the ceiling of the church; small dome is supported by four capitals and columns (you see one of them in the upper end of the photo), reused materials from the early Christian period.

Ceiling, Metamorfosis Church

Ceiling, Metamorfosis Church

If we follow the path with indication “Castel”, we are supposed to find ruins of a byzantine fortress, but we did not do so, and walked toward the waterfall.

Forest of Potami

Forest of Potami

We walked for about quarter of an hour following the path (like the one you see in the first photo of this page), we arrived at a very steep cliff (above). It is a bit difficult to see here, but there are very narrow and steep steps installed on the cliff. Pay attention to the person coming after me to understand how steep it is.

At the top of these steps, there is a cafeteria that offers drink and snack. To see the waterfall, one has to descend the same kind of steps and go forward some way more. Unfortunately, I was then wearing beach sandals and found it dangerous to continue. There was quite a lot of tourists visiting this place, and not a few of them gave up to proceed around this stairs as I did.

If you plan to visit the waterfall, you’d better ware sports-sandals; normal shoes are not the best choice as you have to walk across the water just ahead from here.

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Tsabou Beach, Samos

Tsabou beach is situated ca. 2 km west from Tsamadou.

Tsabou Beach, Samos

Tsabou Beach, Samos

Different from Tsamadou, you can go down to the beach by car.

As this beach tends to suffer from strong wind, it is wise to avoid it if it seems windy. This (right) is the eastern criff of Tsabou; you see the trees do not grow upright because of the wind.

Tsabou, Samos

Tsabou, Samos

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Tsamadou Beach, Samos

Tsamadoú is a beautiful beach on the northern coast of Samos, about 10 km west of Vathý.

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

As it is reachable only through steep path, it looks like an hidden heaven. You have to park the car on the road-side car park above, and walk down the slope for 3 min.

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

This is also an official nudist beach. The nudists, however, are normally on the eastern and western ends of this long beach.

The beach is made of pebbles. One parasol and 2 sun-beds costed € 6 in the summer of 2014. Wifi was available, too. There are taverna-cafeterias above the beach.

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

Tsamadou beach in 2014. There are many sun beds and parasols. There were quite many foreign (East European) tourists visiting the beach in tourist buses.

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

Tsamadou Beach, Samos

Pebbles are round and shiny.

Pebbles of Tsamadou Beach

Pebbles of Tsamadou Beach

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Heraion, Samos

The most important archaeological site in Samos, the Heraion (Ireo in modern Greek). This site was believed to be the birthplace of goddess Hera (Zeus’ wife). This place is also called “Kolonna”, because of the one standing column as you see in the photo below.

Heraion, Samos

Heraion, Samos

Telling you the truth, I did not see this site. I did visit it, but, it was Monday (it is easy to forget about days of week while we are on vacation, are not we?). As it was a day before my departure, I could not even return the day after. These two photos were taken from outside the fence.

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Even so, I add some information about the site

The history of this site dates back to the Bronze Age; a late Mycenaean tholos tomb was found. The religious activity continued through the Dark Age, as is indicated by the altars and two temples constructed before the sixth century BCE. The oldest cult activities here, however, was not necessarily dedicated to Hera.

The first Great Temple of Hera was constructed between ca. 575 and 560 BCE, by a Samian artist called Rhoikos assisted by architect Theodoros. This Ionian temple was 97.5 meters long, and 49 metres wide, and was dipteros (surrounded by double row of columns).

The base of the building was not good enough, and the second temple replaced it. The work started in 530 BCE ca., under the tyrant Polykrates, but was soon interrupted probably because of his death, and did not restart until 500 BCE. The pronaos (to the east) has three rows of eight columns, and at the back were triple rows of 9 columns, and at both sides were double rows of 24 column. The construction was, however, again interrupted, and it was never completed, even though some works were done in the third century BCE.

The excavations of the Heraion have been conducted by the Germans, between 1910 and 14, then between 1925 and 39, and since 1952.

Bibliography

  • Robin Barber, Greece (Blue Guide), London/ A&C Black, 2001 (revised reprint of the 1995 sixth edition), pp. 688-89.

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Kokkari, Samos

Kokkari is a resort town relatively close to Vathy, the capital of the island.

Kokkari, Samos

Kokkari, Samos

Kokkari has a beautiful townscape and is close to many good beaches like Lemonakia, Tsamadou and Tsabou.

Seaside of Kokkari

Seaside of Kokkari

Due to the tourist traffic, there are numerous restaurants, cafeterias and bars.

Numerous Restaurants in Kokkari

Restaurants in Kokkari

The coastline of Kokkari is complex and there are well protected ports and beaches.

Islet near Kokkari

Islet near Kokkari

The water is surprisingly clean even in the proximity to the town.

Kokkari in the Dusk

Kokkari in the Dusk

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