Vourliotes. The village Vourliotes on Samos, is located in a beautiful wooded mountain slope with many plane trees, olive groves and vineyards,. It can be found south of Mount Ampelos (Karvounis) at 360 meters above sea level and nine kilometres west of the famous resort of Kokkari.
Vourliotes, which lies about 20 kilometres west of Samos, got its name from the original inhabitants who had fled the town of Vourla in Turkey and settled here. Sights in and around Vourliotes are the Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis, Castle Louloudas (2.5 kilometer outside the village) and the Monastery of the Holy Mother Vrondiani from the 15th century. A little further away are the castle of Lazaros and the remains of a medieval settlement.
Vourliotes is a very suitable village for hikers, the nature here is wonderful. Everywhere you see marked mountain trails that hikers can follow. Very nice, is the source of Pinaka (two kilometres away from Vourliotes) with lots of plane trees and running water. Traditional celebrations are held a few times a year, the most important ones are those of Agia Marina on July 17, the Blessed Mother from 1 to August 15 and the feast of Panagia Vrondiani on 7th and 8th September. In the village today live about 700 permanent residents.
In the village are nice restaurants and cafes. Around the village are many vineyards and this area is also well known for the good wine which is produced here.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee