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Paleochori or Palaiochorio - "The old town"

map Paleochori, west Samos Paleochori, Paleochorio, Palaiochorio - a town with many spellings, different on the roadmaps and on the signs - as happens more in Greece. Paleochori means "The old town". It is a small settlement in the south west of the island of Samos. It's one of those places where the road stops and the dirt tracks start. From Paleochori there are several paths that you can follow to diferent beaches and places, such as Agios Ioannis Beach and Kedros Beach.

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Walks around the monastery Moni Agios Ioannis Eleimonas

map Moni Agios Ioannis Eleimonas, west Samos From Paleachori are beautiful coastal walks with stunning views of nature, the sea and several islands of the coast of Samos such as the Fourni islands and the island of Ikaria. On clear days you can see more islands. A path leads to the monastery "Moni Agios Ioannis Eleimonas" but only at the beginning of the trail there is a sign and after that you can go several direction or you can just get lost. Along the coast you'll see some beautiful small beaches where you wish you could sit, but they you cannot get to them unless you have a boat or if you're a goat. We just missed on the monastery (which appeared to lie behind the next corner) but the walk in this area was very beautiful. The pictures above of the beach with the house with the red roof is supposedly the 250 meter long beach of Agios Ioannis Eleimonas. It is secluded and quiet and an option for swimming in naturist style. I read you can reach it - but I couldn't tell you how. It seemed impossible to me. The monastery is close to the beach and you can reach it by foot via a small path - or so I am told. Remember to bring a large amount of water with you if you decide to make a walk here.

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Kallithea and Drakei

map Kallithea, west Samos Kallithea and Drakei are two villages in the west of Samos, of which Kallithea is the most sleepy of the both. It is one of those villages where time stood still and tourists are rare. Kallithea is an old village with narrow streets where you find a few taverns and kafenions but otherwise there is not much to do here except enjoying the silence. On the village square of Kallitheo stands a tree that is over a 100 years old and there are a couple of churches in the village. Kallithea means "beautiful view" and the views are indeed beautiful, as are the views of the entire route of Limniónas / Paleochori to Drakei with pretty and impressive rock formations and forests of tall pine trees

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map Drakei, west SamosDrakei has a little bit more life to it. Here the road stops and it is one of the starting points for people that want to visit the tropical-like beaches of Megalo and Micro Seitani. You need good walking shoes and about one and a half to two hours time. In Drakei there are a couple of taverna's, some accommodations and a nice church. The road to Kallithea and Drakei is a beautiful one that goes through the forests and with nice views over the sea, the mountains and the bays. In both Drakei and in Kallithea you can admire the sunset which is famous for its beauty. In between Kallithea and Drakei lie several beaches of which Valsamos Beach and Agios Issidoros Beach are the best (walk or have a 4-wheel drive).

Kostas Taverna in Drakei
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The Kostas Taverna in Drakei (west of samos) was one of the best restaurants so far that we have visited on the island of Samos. It is situated close to the main church and you can take the stairs up to the platform where there is a wonderful view of the sea and the surroundings. Katerina is working there and she is a very friendly and helpful lady that speaks all her languages including German and English. It is a popular and busy place, which is understandable. Her husband Kostas is the cook (yeah sorry ladies, he is married). The zucchini-balls are wonderful and covered with a bit of parmezan cheese, the Greek salad has a bit of fresh thyme on it, the bread is home made and so is the olive oil. It's one of those places that you would like to put in your pocket and take with you (including the people that work here) and then eat the next meal there as well.

Our verdict: 8,5 out of 10


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