“Megalo (Big) Seitani” Beach: An incredible beach, accessible only by sea, unless you choose to walk a beautiful but rough, 4 km long, path!
Next to “Mikro Seitani”, just 3 km away, is the “Megalo Seitani” beach, which is accessible only be foot or by boat (depart from Karlovasi Port). If you choose to walk the distance, the path to the beach follows the steep mountain and runs through a dense forest, which blots out the sun, thus making your walk easier!
The beach is isolated and not organized. Therefore, if you decide to visit “Megalo Seitani” you must take with you all you might need (water, coffee etc.). Communication via cell phones is also relatively difficult, due to the geography of the place! According to many, “Megalo Seitani” beach is “hidden” in the wildest corner of Samos, in the northwest coastline of the island, surrounded by steep cliffs.
During Ottoman Occupation (1475-1913) it was called “Satan’s Port” (Satan = Seitan in Turkish, passed in Modern Greek as “Seitani”). Located at the end of an impressive gorge named “Kakoperato”, “Megalo Seitani” beach looks like an inaccessible place, almost “forbidden”. In fact, however, it is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Aegean Sea, and pictures can prove it!
It is a Nature Protected Area (NPA) under Natura 2000 Network, because “Monachus-Monachus” seals (or “Mediterranean Monk”) live there.
As mentioned before the beach is not accessible by car. If you choose to use car, pass Karlovasi and “Potami” beach, then take the uphill unpaved road until you reach a small wooden sign, pointing at your destination i.e. the starting point of your walk. The first 10 minutes are tiresome, but then you walk through a beautiful forest of olive trees, overlooking the sea, until you reach the beach.
After a 45 minutes’ walk, a magnificent beach with turquoise waters and white sand unfolds before you. When done swimming or diving, you can start exploring the area. “Kakoperato” gorge, with its wooded and steep slopes, causes awe and the whole view reveals the uniqueness of the area.
Reaching the other side of “Megalo Seitani” beach and following the path on your left-hand side, you see the chapel of Agios Nikolaos, which seems like hanging on the cliffs. If you turn and walk rightwards, you’ll see the back side of the beach, where the landscape changes completely with vertical rocks rising up above the sea.
The beach is ideal for camping, off course with the proper respect for nature and the environment. During full moon nights or during the first morning light, the landscape changes again, unveiling its full spectrum of magic!
When you decide to leave the place, make sure that you have kept the beach clean, by picking up your own garbage, if any, thus contributing to the preservation of its unparalleled beauty.