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In Samos, you can take the weight off your feet, breathe out and enjoy everything that a laidback Greek island holiday has to offer...
Holidays in Samos are ideal for families who enjoy perfect Greek weather, hospitality and quality time by the sea. The beaches here are worthy of a mention in anyone's all-time top 10. The sands at Psili Ammos in the south of Samos, for example, are simply extraordinary and come complete with a healthy sprinkling of jolly tavernas overlooking the sea. Other beaches worth exploring on Samos holidays include the huge swathes of sand at Pythagorion, the island's largest resort, while those with kids will love the safe, shallow seas of the sandy beaches in the south-west of Samos.
In the many tavernas on the island, meanwhile, you'll encounter a mind-boggling array of Greek treats, with meze platters dominating most menus. However, make sure you ask for the specials list as this often won't be displayed and could well be even better than the standard fare. And head to Samos Town for late-night bars serving drinks into the small hours and a handful of vibrant nightclubs.
Accommodation is hotel-dominated in the main resorts of Pythagorio, Kokkari and Samos Town, with every budget catered for. For something a little bit different, however, try one of the private villas widely available across the whole island. Hiring a car from Samos Airport (SMI) is relatively cheap, especially if you use the TravelSupermarket search tool to find a great deal. But the local buses provide an excellent service too.
Make sure you get the right price for your holiday as well as your hire car – use the TravelSupermarket search tool to find deals on holidays to this quiet island idyll, whether you’re looking for Kokkari holidays, holidays to Kambos or breaks in any of the island’s other resorts.
As with most Greek destinations, summer and autumn are the best times to visit. Spring is warm, but the sea might be quite chilly...
Samos enjoys a pleasant year-round climate with July and August often seeing daytime temperatures exceeding 30C before settling down to a pleasant 21C at night. Winter is much cooler – although days can sometimes bring temperatures of up to 14C, evenings are cold, with overnight lows of around 6C.
Cheap holidays to Samos are available during the main tourism season from spring to autumn. Look at the very start and end of the season if you want to keep the price down on Samos package holidays.
Catch Samos at the right time and you could attend one of the many splendid events on the island...
Museum Day; May: Usually around May 8, all museums across Greece and the Greek islands open their doors for free. Make the most of this generous annual event by taking the opportunity to visit the fascinating archaeology museum in Samos Town.
Feast of Agia Paraskevi; July: The island works busily for days, preparing food and treats to lay on during this spectacular feast, which is followed by lots of drinking and traditional dancing. Kokkari is probably the best place to be to see this on a grand scale.
Wine Festival; August: Samos Town marks the end of the grape harvest and the beginning of the new season with an almighty celebration of the sweet wine for which the island is fast becoming famous. Lots of pop-up stalls sell food and treats to help soak up the many cups of wine that will be thrust towards you.
Relaxation is the usual order of the day, but there are plenty of opportunities to be active… if the mood takes you...
Active types: Walking and hiking are popular pastimes in Samos. Listen out for the distinctive call of the nightingale as you stroll through unspoiled pine forests.
Relaxing: Grab a piece of perfect solitude by seeking out some of the beautiful coves dotted around the coastline of Samos.
Romance: Head for out for drinks and dinner in the village of Manolates – a flower-strewn delight of a place barely clinging to the picturesque slopes of Mount Ampelos – where romance fills the air.