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Samothrace Greece Best Things To Do 2021

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

Are you planning for the mystical island of Samothrace?

Dotted around the world are places of stunning natural beauty and peaceful silence best described as “hidden gems.”

Samothrace, a small Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea, is one of those places, also referred to as the island of the sanctuary of the great gods.

What To Do in Samothrace (Samothraki)?

At only 178 km2 (69 sq miles), Samothrace packs a lot into its small size.

Bursting with picture-perfect views of vibrant green vegetation, lakes, rivers, mountains, and waterfalls, the island has a lot to offer the curious tourist and thrill-seeking adventurer.

With a small local population of under 3,000, its primary industry being fishing.

Here are some key points you need to have in mind to help you with your itinerary to Samothraki. Definitely do these.

Camping: You can go camping at the campsite of Therma.

Great Gods: The island is related to the worship of the Great Gods and to the Cabeirian Mysteries (that are similar to the Eleusinian Mysteries). There are temples related to that. Ask the locals for the myths.

The Tank of Samothrace: Discover that on the southeastern side of the island. An old tank that remains from the WW II.

Hike in Full Moon: Add more mystery to mystery. Hike to the highest peak of Mount Saos. Here, the legend claims that Poseidon sat to watch the Trojan War. The hike takes 6 hours. Ask the Mountaineering Association of Samothrace (called: Mount Fengari) for details and participate.

Admire the endless blue: Go to Prophet Elias village for the Panoramic views. From there you can see the islands of Limnos and Imvros, along with the sacred shores of Mount Athos.

Swim in rock formated lakes: Go and swim to Vathres. These are lakes formed by waterfalls. The most popular ones are the Vathra of Fonias and Gria Vathra.

Heal: Visit the thermal springs and allow yourself to sink into waters with temperatures fluctuating from 30 to 100 degrees Celsius.

Samothrace is relatively undisturbed by the modern world and remains one of the last genuinely virgin islands of Greece.

Samothrace is relatively undisturbed by the modern world and remains one of the last genuinely virgin islands of Greece.

Referred to in Greek mythology as the island of Aeolus, legend has it that Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, sat on top of the islands “Mount Saos” to watch the Troy war.

With pristine pebble beaches, crystal clear sea, abundant native wildlife, and migratory birds surrounding you in every direction, stepping into the island gives the impression of entering heaven on Earth.

Understandably, the island is often referred to as “the island of the sanctuary of the great gods.”

Samothrace welcomes the tourist with open arms.

For the traditional holidaymaker, a selection of top-rated hotels and traditional Mediterranean restaurants will please even the most demanding visitors.

For those looking to fully immerse themselves into the island and soak up the rich culture, museums, ancient stone castles, and churches are all available to visit.

Explorers, adventure lovers, and outdoor activity enthusiasts will fall in love with Samothrace island’s undisturbed mountainous terrain.

Mountain biking, paragliding, mountaineering, rafting, kayaking, trekking, crossing gorges, and diving are amongst some of the activities that can be experienced and enjoyed if you’re the sort of person who chooses the great outdoors over fine dining.

Although a small island, it is still divided into many small towns and villages.

Chora, the island’s capital, is a small but charming town featuring traditional buildings and narrow alleys that twist and turn through the picturesque Mediterranean vegetation.

It offers several popular restaurants, cafes, and stunning views over the sea.

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