I was surprised to find out on Instagram, where I have the chance to interact with some of you, that many people are interested in the beautiful island of Samos and were asking for Samos tips. I promised in another blog post that I will write down and share my knowledge on The Viennese Girl blog, so here we go:
- first of all, if you intend to explore the island and you don’t want to spend your holidays just relaxing in your hotel, you will need to rent a car. Samos is not a small island, public transportation doesn’t help that much and cabs are very expensive.
- If I had to choose where to stay I would stay in Pythagorio.You can understand why if you check my photos here.
- My favourite cafes in Pythagorio: Enigma (they don’t have a website) and 2spoons.
- If you are looking for a hotel with a wonderful view to Pythagorio, then go to Hera2hotel.
- Remember to visit my friends Stella and Eva who have the loveliest fashion store in Pythagorio called 2the little store.
- For evening strolls visit those three villages: Pythagorio, Kokkari and Ireon. They are all by the sea.
- Locals says that the best taverna in Samos is Triantafillos. It is located in Palaiokastron. I went there last summer and it was super nice and the food was amazing. Just remember to reserve a table to avoid last minute disappointments.
- If you are looking for anything, a coffee place, a restaurant, your hotel, just ask the locals. Ask them. They will be happy to help you.
- There is an open air cinema in Mitilinious. No matter what film they play, this is a unique experience on a Greek island.
- If you are looking for beach bars, then head to Asterias in Potokaki and to Navagos in Tsamadu beach.
- Samos is not like Mykonos. Of course there are bars and night life but don’t expect to find the same nightlife here as in Mykonos. I would say that Samos is a romantic destination for couples, ideal for families and for group of friends who aren’t party animals 🙂
- If you are looking for history and culture then go to the Temple of Hera in Ireon, to the Archeological Museum in Vathi and to the Tunnel of Eupalinos where you also get a very nice view of Pythagorio and of course you will take a picture in front of the statue of Pythagoras.
- What I really love: the bakery in Pythagorio that you will go after midnight. It is on a side street…
I hope this blog post will be helpful for your holidays in Samos and if your holidays are over and you get back to your country and have after holidays blues, then you should know that you are not the only one ♥
Those are some of the photos that I took in the last days in Samos. It is very hot here and when it’s so hot, either you stay somewhere in a shadow or you spend the whole day on the beach until the sunset. I bet you don’t want to take photos moving around and sweat like a pig, like I did.
Those photos where taken in Vathi and Pythagorio. More precisely, the photo with the spectacular view of Pythagorio was taken from the balcony of Hera 2 Hotel in Pythagorio and this is one more Samos tip, just in case you are thinking of visiting Samos and looking for a hotel with views to Pythagorio, then this hotel is for you.
And if you come to Greece, remember this word: kalimera (in Greek: καλημέρα). Kalimera means both Good morning and Have a nice day. ♥
Today I preferred to spend my day going “2 the little store” with my friend Stella than going to the beach. I am super excited to present you the “2 the little store” and as its name reveals, the store is little yet super cute. The two sisters Eva and Stella Dima opened this fashion store in Pythagorio, Samos at the end of April this year. (A little bit far from Vienna, I know, but I hope people from Austria and the rest of the world will enjoy the photos, might collect some inspiration, and why not, visit Samos one day).
Stella confessed to me that the “2 the little store” changed her life. It made her life wonderful and I truly believe her because she has an exceptionally good taste and has always been very fashionable herself. She couldn’t have made a better choice than opening a fashion store like that. For their store, Eva and Stella choose to have mostly handmade and greek-made clothes and for that reason they work with brands like Madame Shou Shou, The Workshop, Two Bears Handmade Bags, Monaco Princess, Didi, Badila and Attrativo. The two sisters are also the exclusive retailers of TOMS in Samos, the famous slip on shoes which everybody loves here. Besides, they both love to support and promote the Greek fashion designers and the concept of TOMS which is a socially responsible company changing the world for children in poverty. One for one is the motto of the company TOMS, and matches perfectly to our Greek mentality and philosophy. A buy one, give one company like TOMS donate one product to those in need and gives the chance to the customers to support worthy causes.
As for the decoration, you can see yourself from the photos that Eva and Stella wanted to give a traditional greek island style to the store and all the furniture belong to their grandparents. Their clients are locals and also people from the whole world as well because there are many tourists in Pythagorio. Both decoration and their customer service make the customers feel home, even if they come from my dear Vienna.
I had to choose one pair of TOMS shoes between a variety of colors and didn’t know which one. I am finally satisfied and totally in love with my new glitter TOMS shoes and the “2 the little store”.