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Agios Konstantinos, Kampos and Avlakia

Agios Konstantinos, Kampos and Avlakia are three coastal villages in the north of Samos, let's say roughly in the middle of the island. They are a bit west of Kokkari. The area around these villages is very beautiful and very green, and especially behind Agios Konstantinos you find tall trees (the so-called nightingale forest). There are no really good beaches in the area, unless you like pebbles, because if you do Tsabou Beach near Avlakia is very nice (at least for the eye). Between Agios Konstantinos and Kokkari are even more beaches, namely the beaches of Tsamadou and Lemonakia, which are better. In Agios Konstantinos, which extends itself mainly along the coastline rather than in the backwards land (the village is 1 kilometer long), many nice old houses stand between the new and renovated ones. The village is perhaps more attractive than you might initially think when you see it from the main road.

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About Agios Konstantinos, Kampos and Avlakia

map Agios Konstantinos & Kampos, Samos Agios Konstantinos is located 30 km west of the capital Vathi and the village has about 200 inhabitants. It is a little bit hidden from the road behind the high vegetation. The village is trying to get a bit of the tourism, and there are some nice tavernas and a picnic area in the nearby pine forest, but the lack of a good beach holds it back to grow inro a major tourist destination. Occasionally there is a strong wind in the village and in particular on the quay (the "Meltemi" wind that frequently blows over the Greek islands). There are many hotels and apartment buildings in the village, but this is because the area behind the village is a popular destination for walkers. Agios Konstantinos is a small fishing village and besides from tourism the residents live primarily from fishing and agriculture. Grapes are grown in the area that are used for making wine. The older and more traditional part of Agios Konstantinos is situated a little away from the coast.

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map Avlakia, Samos Avlakia (3 km west of Kokkari) is only a very small village with a few tavernas, a few houses and a few small churches (one of which was open). You can also rent a room here. It is situated between Agios Konstantinos and Kokkari on the north coast of Samos. In Avlakia you find two pebble beaches, and there are a few trees, so you can lie in the shade. In the village there is a large parking for cars. If you're on the road from Avlakia Karlovassi and take the first exit to your right you will go to a small pebble beach where you can lie in naturist style.

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map Agios Konstantinos & Kampos, Samos Next to Avlakia, between Agios Konstantinos and Avlakia is the slightly larger village of Kampos Vourlioton (larger than Avlakia, the signs simply state "Kampos). It is located in a small plain surrounded by mountains (Kampos is the Greek word for "plain"). There is no real center and the houses are more spread out as if it were a number of small villages. In Kampos there are a few interesting churches. You can see them from the road as you drive along. You'll have to walk to these churches. If you drive toward Karlovassi you see them on your left.

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The Agia Matrona is located on the south side of the village and contains beautiful frescoes from the 18th century. This church is really worth a visit. I think it's one of the most beautiful churches I've seen. The murals tell the story of Creation and the Fall, Eve gives Adam the apple and the expulsion from Paradise. Also in the south of the village is the church of Agia Pelagia. This church does not contain frescoes, but it's nice to see. You will have to look for this church, because you've already passed it before you know it. It is at the beginning of the hike at a small cluster of houses and it stands behind the first house - you can not see him from the path. If you've taken a look at this church follow the path back up if you want to walk to the church with the frescoes. Finally at the coast there is the newer large church of Kampos.

The beach of Kampos is called Svala Beach and this is just a quiet pebble beach with a taverna. You reach it over a small road and at the end it turns into a path.

Aiolos Restaurant in Agios Konstantinos
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Agios Konstantinos is a small settlement in the north of Samos. At the entrance to the village on the west side next to a small pebble beach is the Aiolos Restaurant. We tried the stuffed hamburgers, the tzatziki and pastitio (a kind of pasta dish with minced meat). It is served with toasted garlic bread. Most of the products in the restaurant come from their own garden, the menus are handwritten and the service is friendly. It is also inexpensive. The fries were almost crunchy, but just not quite.

Our verdict: 7,5 out of 10


Hans Huisman, http://www.angelfire.com/super2/greece/ 2014
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