…crystal clear waters, impressive waterfalls…
The island of Samothraki is a unique destination. It is rich in archaeological monuments of great beauty, as in vathres and waterfalls of Fonias, to name only one of the innumerable streams that run through the island. Equally unforgettable is the mystical environment of the archaeological site, the impressive coastline at Pachia Ammos and Kippoi, the underwater treasures and, naturally, the imposing Mount Saos ideal for mountain trekking.
Samothraki is home to the famous “Nike of Samothrace” statue which today is housed in the Louvre, but also to the mystery cult of Kabeiroi that gave the island fame in antiquity. Its abundant water sources, rare flora and endless streams that form impressive waterfalls compose a rare, exotic landscape registered under the Natura 2000 network of protected areas.
Samothraki is as ideal for experienced mountain climbers, as for those who enjoy just walking along the banks of creeks in a setting of unbelievable beauty. For the fans of extreme activities there is plenty of opportunity for canyoning in a splendid environment among waterfalls! Underwater sport afficionados will get a thrill out of the island’s seabed which is just as impressive as its magnificent mountain.
The island’s camping grounds, Greece’s only natural campsite, spread over a 20.000m2 area covered with plane trees reaching all the way to the sea. Campsite visitors have the opportunity to live close to nature and experience a truly natural lifestyle. The hot springs close to the village of Therma are known since the Byzantine times for their therapeutic qualities.
Samothraki has great beaches, most of them covered with “crokales” (black pebbles) and some sandy beaches in its southern part. Saint Paul arrived at this island on his way from Asia to Europe; at Paleopoli you may visit the Apostle’s “stasidi”, a religious monument that was built to commemorate the Saint’s visit.
The wide variety of swimming options -either in thermal waters, the sea or “vathres”, lakes formed by waterfalls, offers visitors a unique opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation in an environment abounding in waters and greenery that takes them on a journey in a special, apocalyptic way. The clean beaches, age-old plane trees, lush vegetation, crystal-clear waters, impressive waterfalls and the mysterious “vathres” offer exotic vacations along with gastronomic pleasures.
A delicacy of the island, the local goat meat, is prepared in many ways; fresh fish, traditional homemade dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients, along with local products such as cheese made with goat or sheep milk, the exclusice of Samothraki “praousti” (a type of green/yellow prune) spoon sweet, traditional “haslama” (semolina cake), local honey, wine, “tsipouro” (white distilled spirit) and top quality olive oil are some of the “must taste” delicacies of Samothraki available at the island’s taverns where food quality is always superb.
With its alternative cafes, traditional taverns, crystal waters, natural treasures and serene landscape, Samothraki gives the impression that time has stopped. It is a unique alternative tourism destination that will satisfy the most discerning visitor.