On the great bay opposite Sámos Town, Malagári, immersed in pines, is the headquarters of the Union of Sámos Wine Producing Co-operatives, whose wines are aged in great oaken barrels in the handsome stone warehouses known as tavérnes.
Ten km west of Vathí, Kokkári, once a delightful whitewashed fishing village named ‘seed onions’ for its main crop, is now the second biggest resort on the island although it is a bit quieter since the building of a by-pass.
The setting is still lovely with its little isthmus and popular with windsurfers. In addition to its own busy beach, there are several nearby. Lemonákia is a 20-minute walk away and the far more beautiful Tsamadoú, a partly nudist beach 2km from Kokkári, is a crescent of multi-coloured pebbles.
Images by nicgoumas, Pavel Vlček