Mythology and magic in the Aegean Sea

An otherworldly destination awaits. Lush and inviting, Samos sits directly on the route between Athens and Izmir, making it a popular stopping point for travelers. However, with Azamara Club Cruises®’ longer stays in port, a ‘stopover’ can become so much more.

Do you believe in magic? After a visit to Samos, you just might. The island has been inhabited since 4000 BC, is the legendary birthplace of the goddess Hera, and has even played host to Antony and Cleopatra—and that’s just the beginning. A visit to see the Temple of Hera—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—or a hike to the mighty waterfalls and crystalline lakes of Potami are sure to make you a believer.

For those seeking a slower pace, a trip to the 350-meter stretch of pristine beach at Megalo Seitani, is a must. Keep your eyes peeled for the Mediterranean monk seal: Megalo Seitani has been allocated as a Special Protection Zone for this curious creature. Want a more active adventure? Try a trek up one of the highest mountains in the Aegean Sea. The Kerkis summit sits 1,444 meters above sea level and can take around three hours to reach the top. When you’ve ascended to the apex, be sure to reward yourself with a glass of Samos’ famous Muscat wine—Opa!

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The Temple of Hera

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The Temple of Hera

Southwest of the ancient city, in a low, marshy river basin, is the Temple of Hera (Heraion of Samos). The temple’s ruins, with its sole standing column, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Natural History Museum

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Natural History Museum

Paleontology buffs rejoice! Samos’ Natural History Museum houses the fossilized bones of creatures that roamed the earth between eight and ten million years ago. For something a little less Jurassic, check out the Zoological exhibit where you can discover the Kaplani: a species of feline that arrived in Samos 130 years ago, crossing the sea from the coast of Asia Minor.

Megalo Seitani

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Megalo Seitani

Embark on a leisurely hike from Mikro Seitani en-route to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Secluded and stunning, Megalo Seitani boasts powder-white sand and clean, clear waters. Don’t feel like hiking? Hop aboard a daily excursion to the beach by boat from the port of Karlovassi.

Samos, Greece At a glance

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Size: 477.40 KM2 (184.33 MI2)
Population: 32,977
Density: 69 Pop/KM2 (27 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +30

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