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Find information on Pythagorion in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Pythagorion lies on the southern coast of Samos, twelve kilometres from the island’s principle town, with a transfer time from the airport of less than half an hour. This popular resort with its large harbour, is the birth place of the great mathematician Pythagoras. It is built on the site of the ancient capital of the island, Samos, and there are many archaeological sites in the vicinity. The busy harbour has large numbers of bars and tavernas and to either side of the harbour are small beaches. From the harbour you can take many excursions to other parts of Samos or to further afield.
Pythagorion is a charming town with a long and interesting history. It rises up from its wide and bustling harbour towards the verdant hills and provides a range of accommodation, catering for most budgets. There are restaurants and tavernas to satisfy most tastes and shops providing for all holiday needs including numerous gift shops. A Pythagorion holiday offers a good base from which to explore the rest of Samos as well as offering many excursions to other islands and to the Turkish mainland.
A Pythagorion holiday appeals to a wide range of ages. It is popular with families as well as couples of all ages who enjoy the beaches and the water sports as well as the many interesting historical sites in the area.
The season lasts from April to October with the hot dry summer months being the most popular time to visit Pythagorion. Samos is good walking country and ramblers find the temperatures of early and late season offer ideal conditions.
Pythagorion is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the island. As well as those based in the town, it has large numbers of day visitors, many of whom arrive in the yachts and berth in the harbour, drawn to the resort by its name. It was renamed in the nineteen fifties to commemorate the fact that it is the birth place of the great mathematician Pythagoras, a statue of whom is found in the harbour.
The small town beach is comprised of course sand and shingle and shelves gently into the clear blue water of the bay providing safe bathing for children and less confident swimmers. There are a number of other beaches in the vicinity providing a variety of water sports.
There are very many tavernas and restaurants serving a wide cuisine including fast foods, traditional island recipes and international fare. They really do cater for all tastes. They also provide much of the evening entertainment when the lights go on and the music is turned up a notch.
Shops provide holiday essentials as well as gifts and souvenirs. Those for whom shopping is part of the holiday experience, can take a short bus ride to Samos Town where they can delight in the wide choice of goods.
Above the resort are the remains of the ancient city of Samos and also the Eupalinos Tunnel, an aqueduct built by slave labour, to ensure that the city did not run out of water. It is an amazing feat of engineering almost one and a half kilometres in length. There are many other historical sites in the vicinity and there are also excursions to Ephesus in Turkey, second only to Pompeii in its depiction of Roman life.
A Pythagorion holiday offers hot sunshine, a choice of beaches, good accommodation and restaurants and a wide variety of recreational activities.
Samos is not noted for its wild nightlife and Pythagorion is no exception. Although there are bars and tavernas where you can enjoy lively music as well as one or two discos, most holidaymakers spend their evenings enjoying a meal and a drink in the company of friends.
Although Pythagorion has a good number of shops, the goods are limited to everyday provisions and the usual gifts and holiday mementoes. This matters little, as those who enjoy holiday shopping can take a short bus ride to Samos Town where they will find the narrow streets filled with retailers. Popular souvenirs include brightly painted pottery, embroidered cloths, leather goods and jewellery.
There are many tavernas and restaurants in Pythagorion serving a wide variety of food and catering for all tastes. Fish is obviously an important part of an island’s gastronomy and tavernas provide a wide variety of fish as well as meat dishes. There are a number of excellent family restaurants along the quayside in the harbour. A good way to experience traditional food is to order Mezedes, the Greek equivalent of the Spanish tapas, which includes a variety of bite-sized fish, meat and vegetables.
Local wines are pleasant and inexpensive.
Children are always made very welcome and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.