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Samothrace - North-Eastern Aegean Islands (Greece)

Samothrace (Samothraki). Samothrace is located in the north-eastern part of the Aegean Sea. It covers an area of 178 sq.km, the coast length is 58 kilometres, the island is located 29 miles from Alexandroupolis. The island of Samothrace has  beautiful nature but also a very rich cultural background. The nature is a combination of mountains, greenery, lakes and waterfalls, but also lovely beaches.

Samothrace is known for the marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike that was found on the island, also called the Nike of Samothrace. On the island are many archaeological sites  you can visit.The highest mountain is called Fengari (meaning moon, highest peak 1600 meters), the legend says that the God Poseidon watched the war of Troy from here. The legend also says that if you reach the top of the mountain when there is a full moon, your wishes will come true!

Samothrace is not really touristic, it's more an island that is visited by mountaineers and hikers and tourists who are looking for peace. The island is connected via ferry to the island of Lemnos and with the town Alexandroupoulis of the Evros-prefecture in Thrace.

The port of Samothrace is Kamariotissa and is located in the northwest of the island. The capital of Samothrace, Chora, is located 5 km inland from Kamariotissa. Another famous place is Loutra where therapeutic hot springs gush. Loutra is also the starting place for the ascent of the mountain Fengari.

The best beaches are on the south coast and can be reached by bus or boat from Kamariotissa. The most beautiful beach is that of Pahia Amos, it is a one kilometre long sandy beach. Very beautiful are the waterfalls at Kremasta Nera (meaning "hanging waters") and Kipos beach in the east of the island.

Photo Gallery Samothrace - Photos of North-Eastern Aegean Islands

Gatilouzi Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 1 - Photo JustGreece.com Old town Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 1 - Photo JustGreece.com Waterfalls Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 2 - Photo JustGreece.com Pachia Ammos Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 1 - Photo JustGreece.com Kamariotissa Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 1 - Photo JustGreece.com Waterfalls Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 3 - Photo JustGreece.com Akropolis on Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 1 - Photo JustGreece.com Waterfalls Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 1 - Photo JustGreece.com Panagia Kremniotissa Samothrace (Samothraki) | Greece | Foto 1 - Photo JustGreece.com

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Attractions / beaches / walking on Samothrace

  • Old Samothrace (at Paleopolis)
  • The Church of the Holy Mother in Samothrace city
  • The Archaeological Museum of Paleopolis
  • The anthropological museum
  • Beaches: Pahia Ammos, Kamariotissa, Lakkoma, Paleopolis
  • The numerous waterfalls and lakes. Visit the waterfall Gra Vathra (Fonias).
Average temperature Samothrace
January
9.5°C
February
9.9°C
March
11.6°C
April
15.6°C
May
20.2°C
June
24.7°C
July
26.6°C
August
26.1°C
September
22.9°C
October
18.5°C
November
14.3°C
December
11.3°C

How to access Samothrace?

Samothrace is accessible by ferry boat from Alexandroupolis, Kavala and Lemnos.

 

Samothrace celebrations

On July 20, the feast celebrated in Profitis Ilias.
On July 26, there are banquets Paleopolis Therma.

Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Maxine van Hoften


Foto's Samothrace - Samothrace in beeld

Pachia Ammos Samothraki | Griekenland | Foto 1 - Foto van Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
Oude stad Samothraki | Griekenland | Foto 1 - Foto van Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

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