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Nearby Excursions Samos

  • To Kokkari 9.5 km northwest from the capital. Kokkari was named after kokkaria (onion bulbs) which were cultivated in the area during older times. Built on a green landscape it is a traditional village one of the main tourist attractions of the island, particularly popular amongst the surfers. Worth visiting are Panagia (1819) and Aghios Nikolaos churches, while one may swim at the settlement beach, at Lemonakia and Tsamasou.
  • To Mytilinioi 14 km to the southwest from the capital, one of the biggest and most active villages of Samos. It was named after Mytilini residents, who settled here at 1700 after the catastrophic Lesvos earthquake. It has been a major tobacco plantation center but Mytilinioi is mostly known for the important paleontological findings of the area. During the prehistoric era, the island was inhabited by whopper animals, Samothiria (enormous giraffes, probably coming from Asia Minor) and other rare animal species. Their bone fossils were found here and are displayed in paleontological museums all over USA and Europe. However, some of them are in Mytilinioi Paleontological Museum, which is housed in Zimalio Foundation and hosts a mineralogy department as well. In the middle of the central museum hall stands the embalmed “wildcat under glass” (a tiger living in Samos forests) as mentioned in the book by Alki Zei bearing the same title.
  • To Chora 17 km southwest from the capital. It is the old capital of the island, with a traditional settlement which is a traffic hub today.

 

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