|The Greek Islands
|The island of Samiopoula in Greece
Samiopoula is a small island situated south of larger island Samos. It is situated less than 1 kilometer off the coast of Samos and is inhabited by 5 people. Samiopoula derives from the word Samos and litterally means "Small Samos". There are a few houses, a couple of churches and a small taverna on the island. The island is rocky with only a few trees on it. Most of the surface is covered with low shrubs and wild goats live on the island.
Samiopoula is a popular daytrip destination for tourists that visit the villages of Pythagorion and Marathokampos, from where most of the small wooden boats sail to the island. The journey takes about one hour and since many of the small tour operators have included Samiopoula in their destination the island can get a bit crowded. On the island of Samiopoula you will find one of the best beaches of the area with fine sand and turqoise waters at its shores. It is called Psalida Beach and it is set in a sheltered bay protected from most winds. Instead of laying on the beach it is also a nice idea to climb up the hills and make a walk around the island. The rest of of it is actually very quiet.
There is a small tavern on the island but it is adviced to bring your own water, some food and a good sun protection. Some tours (for instance Captian Andreas with the boat Georgios) serve drinks on board and include a lunch in their trip to the island. Beach umbrellas on Samiopoula are free but limited and there are no sunbeds. For more info on Captain Andreas daytrips to Samiopoula - click here.