The postcard-pretty north east Aegean island of Samos is home to mountains and pine forests, history and culture, and beaches and traditional cuisine.
And that’s without mentioning the deliciously sweet muscat for which the island is famous. Visit capital Vathi’s archaeological museum to see the 18ft high marble statue of a kouros (man) that dates to the 6th century BC.
Then stroll the narrow streets of Ano (Upper) Vathi, to find colourful houses, and tavernas offering breathtaking views. On the south coast is cosmopolitan Pythagorio – the birthplace of Greek mathematician Pythagoras.
The port town is home to fine-sand beaches, late-night restaurants, and wondrous archaeology, including the 3,399ft-long Eupalinian aqueduct tunnel that was built in 550BC. Feeling active? Take the hiking trail in the mountains behind the popular Potami beach (a great place to watch the sunset) in Karlovasi, to reach the beautiful Potami waterfall.
Drive to the Aliki wetland or Glyfada lake to witness herons, Dalmatian pelicans and pink flamingos. Or relax on one of the island’s many beaches – Kerveli, Tsamados, Mykali and Lemonakia are among the most beautiful. Popular village Kokkari – about a six-mile drive north west of Vathi – is a huge draw thanks to its charming architecture and laid-back atmosphere.
Its sweeping white-pebbled beach and shimmering blue waters are the perfect place to relax – with sunbeds, beach bars and tavernas. Or try your hand at windsurfing – the conditions are ideal.