Three hidden gems in Samos

Kasonisi

In the most eastern part of Greece, where one looks at Turkey at a short distance, is an untouched paradise called Kassonisi. It is a small island which along with the near land of eastern Samos form this beautiful blue “lake”.

It is the third largest island around Samos and is a breath away from it. The sea in this turquoise lane is supernatural, the waters have incredible colors in all shades of blue and are shallow and friendly for swimming. Access is possible either by boat or by a small path.

Waterfalls of Ampelos

If you need a full immersion into nature and tranquility, then you should not miss Ampelos. A wonderful place full with trees, birds and sounds of running waters, with undoubtedly some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Greece.

You will find them to the north of Samos, in Ambelos. Leave your car somewhere close to the path, follow it for half an hour, admire the lush vegetation that dominates the landscape and let the sounds of the running water lead you to the cave where a few meters from its exit you will finally see the famous waterfalls of Ampelos.

Megalo Seitani

Megalo Seitani is one of the most beautiful beaches of Samos at a relatively short distance from Potami Beach in a landscape of wild natural beauty.

It is located on the northwest coast of the island, 45 km west of the capital of Samos. It is designated as a biotope and has been integrated into the Natura2000 protection network due to the fact that it hosts seals. It is a magnificent beach enclosed by mountains with pine trees and olive trees, which get to the sea almost.

It is a sandy, long beach with crystal clear blue-green waters and is an ideal destination, despite the relative difficulty to access it. The beach is not organized, so you must be equipped with the necessary equipment (e.g. umbrellas) and the necessary supplies of food and water. The easiest way to get to Megalo Seitani is by boat from Karlovasi.

Alternatively, you can also walk from Potami, a route that is definitely worth it if you are a hiker. In this case you will need to leave your car in Potami, at the end of the paved road, and from that point continue on the 3.5 kilometers green path.

Initially you will reach Mikro Seitani and then, after about an hour of hiking, on a route with a wonderful view that you will surely enjoy, you will reach Megalo Seitani. Enjoy this beach as much as you can because it is a rare natural beauty that will definitely fascinate you!

read more

In Four Days Around Samos

In Four Days Around Samos: The Ultimate Guide to Your Road Trip

Holidays at last! You have just arrived in Samos and you can’t wait to explore this amazing Greek island. We have good news for you: in Samos you will not get bored. It’s a unique place that combines history, natural beauty, culture, gastronomy and a spectacular seaside. We have designed for you the ultimate road trip around Samos in order to help you not miss anything. Here we go! Before you start make sure that you have rent a car in Samos. Aramis has the best offers for Samos Car Rental.

Day 1 Around Samos

samos map day1

Your fist day shall start from the capital of Samos, Vathi. The main road will lead you to Pythagoras Square and the Lion, this emblematic sleepless guard of the island. Around the square there are numerous coffee shops where you can enjoy a cold Frappé coffee (a Greek foam-covered iced coffee) under the sun. After that, you can visit the market and check out the local products. Nearby, you will find the Archeological Museum of Samos, the public garden and the beautiful church of Agios Spyridonas that holds many ceremonies like baptisms, weddings, masses etc.

Your fist day shall start from the capital of Samos, Vathi. The main road will lead you to Pythagoras Square and the Lion, this emblematic sleepless guard of the island. Around the square there are numerous coffee shops where you can enjoy a cold Frappé coffee (a Greek foam-covered iced coffee) under the sun. After that, you can visit the market and check out the local products. Nearby, you will find the Archeological Museum of Samos, the public garden and the beautiful church of Agios Spyridonas that holds many ceremonies like baptisms, weddings, masses etc.

The locals call this area “Ano Vathi” and it’s a place of distinct beauty and panoramic scenes of the harbour. Park your car in a safe location outside the narrow roads and get ready for some uphill walking. Explore the tiny streets, have a glimpse of the locals and travel back in time admiring the architecture of ancient Samos. At the top you will find the amphitheater and the old church of Ai Giannakis.

Next stop: Agia Paraskeui – Zoodochos Pigi – Mourtia – Agia Zoni – Palaiokastro – Posidonio

It’s time to visit the seaside. For a start, we recommend Agia Paraskeui, a little fisherman town. Although the location doesn’t have many options for leisure per se, the scenery along the way is quite spectacular, while in the nearby locations you can find beautiful beaches. Next, if you fancy visiting the old monasteries of the island, Zoodochos Pigi is definitely a must. Located on the mountain of Rabaidoni, Zoodochos Pigi is a beautiful structure facing Ephesus in the opposite coast. It was founded in 1756 and since then it has been known for its greatness and holiness. On a nearby coast you can find the beach of Mourtia. It’s a beautiful beach that many locals choose for swimming, away from the busy and more touristy beaches of the island. On your way back you can have a stop at Agia Zoni, another beautiful monastery in the area. In the afternoon we recommend the little fishermen town of Posidonio. It’s a tiny little town built on a beautiful coast. If you are hungry, it’s a perfect place to taste some fresh fish.

 

Day 2 Around Samos

samos map day2

The second day is dedicated to the most historic and tourist-drawn area of Samos. Your day can start from Pythagorion, a picturesque village with the beautiful port named after the philosopher Pythagoras. It’s a place with various monuments, coffee shops, restaurants and shops but also with one of the most interesting museums of the island. Next stop, the Tunnel of Efpalinos. It’s an antique aqueduct, built in the 6th century BC admired for being excavated from both ends. Don’t forget to visit the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani and the Cave of the Virgin Mary which is located in the same area. After this amazing tour, it’s time to visit the temple of Hera, on the way to Heraion. It was the main sanctuary of ancient Samos, and one of the most important of the world at the time. Next, you can visit the little village of Heraion and enjoy a fresh meal next to the sea. In the afternoon we recommend the monastery of Timios Stavros, founded in 1592 by the monk Nilus and the beautiful beach of Psili Ammos for some swimming and relaxation.

 

Day 3  Around Samos

samos map day3

Your third day on the island shall be a day dedicated to its natural beauty and amazing seaside. Your ride will start from the beautiful village of Kokkari, a developed tourist center with numerous things to do. Enjoy your coffee next to the sea and get ready for some adventure. Next stop Vourliotes, a traditional village of 500 inhabitants built on the mountain slope. In the village there are nice restaurants and a beautiful square. The next village that should be visited is Manolates. It’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages of the island. Enjoy the ride and stroll through its pretty narrow streets. The third village to explore in the area is called Ampelos. After this beautiful ride along mount Karvouni, we recommend Karlovasi and Potami. Potami is a beautiful beach. In the same area you will find the famous waterfalls and you will be stunned by their crystalline waters and the wild nature. On your way back, you should stop and admire the beautiful beaches of Tsamadou and Lemonakia.

 

Day 4 Around Samos

samos map day4

For your fourth day on the island, we recommend the western side, starting from Spatharei village, built on a high altitude and with amazing scenery. Next, Pyrgos, a village where you can buy souvenirs. Continue your ride, visiting Marathokampos and Votsalakia, two towns built next to the sea. Next to Votsalakia, you will find the beach of Psili Ammos, an amazing place for swimming and some relaxation. If you wish to have a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, we suggest that you continue your ride until the little village of Drakei. The scenery is breathtaking while this village is considered to be the most remote of the island.

Aramis Rent a Car Samos

read more

Useful information about rent a car in Samos Greece

On the island of Samos there are various rent a car companies. Wherever you stay, either on the East side or the West side, you shall easily find a vehicle to rent. However, keep in mind that the island gets pretty busy during the months of July and August, and many times demand exceeds supply. For this reason, we recommend that you book your car before arriving on the island. This way you will be sure about your rent a car in Samos and you can relax and be sure that you will not have unexpected surprises.

Aramis Rent a Car Samos has branches all over the island, including the airport of Samos, Vathi, Kokkari and Pythagorio. In case you want to pick your car up directly from your hotel, it is possible without extra charges. The whole rental procedure and paperwork doesn’t last more than five minutes and then you are free to go! In the evening, you can again return your vehicle at the hotel.

In order to rent a car in Samos from Aramis the only document you need is your driving license. If you don’t wish to buy full insurance F.D.W, then you also need to present your credit card. From our website you can book online your rental car, buy extra insurance, add drivers, baby seats etc. Along with the car, we offer you for free a map of Samos and some guidelines on the places you must visit. So make your car rental booking immediately and Aramis Rent a Car Samos will take care of the rest!

read more

“Hera – Pythagoreia” 2017 in Samos

“Hera – Pythagoreia” 2017 in Samos: A festival that initiates us to the ancient Greek spirit and culture.

What are we celebrating;

The festival “Hera – Pythagorean” has been celebrated with great success in Samos the last decade, becoming an attraction for both domestic tourists and visitors from all around the world, and is a festival in honor to the ancient goddess Hera.

The worship of the goddess Hera in Samos is testified by the Bronze Age and in particular during the period of the Mycenaean civilization. The most famous sanctuaries dedicated to Hera include Heraion of Samos, an official sanctuary of the island and an Ionic center of worship.

According to the tradition, in the area of ​​Heraion, on the southeastern coast of Samos, Hera was born and raised. She was considered as the patroness of lawful marriage and helper in childbirth pains, also as symbol of humble, pure and devoted wife and spouse.

A hymn to the ancient women’s games

Men’s fights in ancient Greece may be well-known worldwide, however, also women held games at the ceremonies that participated in honor of the deities they worshiped.

In these extraordinary ceremonies that was celebrated the female nature, take as the festival “Hera – Pythagoreia” 2017 of Samos. Night women races with torches, musicians and poetic competitions and a series of other artistic and religious events take place and excite the audience.

The great procession of Heraion on the main streets of Pythagorion and the harbor, the lighting of the flame in the ancient temple of Hera and the women’s street races from the temple to the Pythagorion, as well as the dance-hall with the participation of singers with songs inspired by ancient Greek myths, are supported by the enthusiastic participation of the audience that enjoys every moment.

If you find yourself in Samos after mid-August, attend the festival and live a lifetime experience inspired by the values ​​of the ancient Greeks.

Aramis Rent a Car Samos takes you to the festival safely and keeps you informed of every festival action. Contact us for any information you need so as to rent a vehicle during your stay on the beautiful island of Samos.

read more

Samos: The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Savior

Samos

Traveling is an addictive experience because you just become one with the place you visit. And when this journey takes place in the beautiful Greek islands, which are flooded with the scents of the earth and the sea, where each alley hides a legend in the depths of history, their inhabitants show you their hospitality with a warm look and a wide smile and then treat you with the most fragrant products that make their land, then you get a life experience that you hold forever in your heart. Samos is the place to visit!

So Samos opens her arms to all her guests and invites them to become part of the local festivals that the feast, the joy and traditional songs speak to your soul, and the traveler feels like being at home. Samos is a unique island!

read more

Important Changes to the rental contracts

The current EU legislation system obliges car rental companies to change their contracts. Citizens will benefit from clearer terms of insurance and options regarding the refueling of the car, fairest damage coverage terms and greater transparency on prices.

In recent years, more and more Europeans travel to Greece for business or pleasure and decide to facilitate their stay by renting a car or other vehicle.

read more

Hire tips from Aramis rent a car

Things to consider when hiring a car

In recent years, more and more Europeans travel to Greece for business or pleasure and decide to facilitate their stay by renting a car or other vehicle.  Here are some hire tips to consider.

– Clients are expected to be informed for all existing traffic rules. Beware, because the fines from such violations are charged to the driver of the vehicle and may, under certain conditions, be directly deducted from the credit card.

read more

Aramis Rent a Car in Samos

Aramis Rent a Car is in its hometown in Samos.  This is where we created our business and started growing.  We have four locations from which to choose and rent a vehicle: Samos airport, Vathy, Pythagorio and Kokari.

read more