10 Things to Do in Samothraki That You Shouldn't Miss

December 15, 2017 Venice Greaves

Discover the best top things to do in Samothraki, Greece including Fonias Gorge, Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Gria Vathra, Pachia Ammos, Church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa, Kipos Beach, Mount Saos, Lady of Krimniotissas, Xiropotamos Natural Pools, The Coctail Bar Lydia.
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1. Fonias Gorge

Greece
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 90 reviews

Fonias Gorge

Reviewed By Mark C

Amazing walk!
It is a real paradise!
The first one it s easy, spectacular, perfect to reach it even with children.
The second one is a real paradise! But the hill is a little bit more complicated. Anyway, easy to reach a part from two little passages. Still for children but must be careful to follow the signs.
The third is unbelievable for it s beauty!
But the last part... you must climb!

2. Sanctuary of the Great Gods

Palaiopoli 68002, Greece +30 2551 041474
Excellent
69%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Sanctuary of the Great Gods

Reviewed By Mits F

A sanctuary dedicated to the Great Gods, whatever that means. Big buildings (unfortunatelly only ruins) and very interesting location of them. The museum was closed for maintenance. Highlight the place were the statue of Niki of Samothrace (it is in Louvre now)

3. Gria Vathra

Greece
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Gria Vathra

Reviewed By saronic - Zurich, Switzerland

'Vathres' (water pools by rivers) are one of the famous natural features of Samothraki, hardly found on other Greek island. And they usually come with a waterfall. The far most spectacular are the pools in the Fonias Gorge with the Xiropotamos pools as second best.
The Vathres closest to Therma, even in walking distance, are the 'Mikres Vathres' (small pools), which are really small, but with only a few visitors. The 'Gria Vathra' in a distance of about 2km from the center of Therma is far more popular.
One can also drive towards Gria Vathra and park the car just 5 minutes before the first pool, which has been dammed and has a small irrigation canal leading out of it. The pool doesn't compare in size with the one's at Fonias or even Xiropotamos. It is quite deep though and the water about 2° cooler than at Fonias (where it is cool enough already even in summer). To get in and out of the water one has to be very careful, since the surrounding rocks are very slippery. Although no other people were here, when I went for a dip early morning, I was not alone, since this pool - in September - was full of far developed tadpoles.
There are more pools if one goes further up. The most popular is the second pool, not much higher up than the first one, but the path to get there is not that easy. The whole area around Gria Vathra is popular with neo-hippies, who are living in tents under tall plane trees.
Many of the reviews here, especially Greek ones, are referring in fact to the Vathres of the Fonias Gorge, so do several pictures, even the main one.

4. Pachia Ammos

Lakkoma, Greece
Excellent
37%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Pachia Ammos

Reviewed By DJRangoon - Globetrotter UK

We visited this beach several times during our week on Samothraki in May 2017. There was hardly anybody there we had the beach to ourselves. About half an hours drive from Kamariotissa but worth it. We also visited it during a huge thunder storm - very entertaining. Sandy sheltered beach. I would recommend a visit.

5. Church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa

68002, Greece
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 26 reviews

Church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa

Reviewed By saronic - Zurich, Switzerland

The chapel by itself wouldn't be a great attraction, what makes it special is its location. 'Panagia Krimniotissa' as this little church is called in Greek can be translated as 'Holy Mary by the abyss'. In fact the white washed chapel sits on an isolated rock high above Samothraki's only sandy beach: Pachia Ammos.
To get here one has to take a dirt road, branching off the paved road from Kamariotissa to Pachia Ammos, for about 2-3km. The road is narrow and just about feasible for a regular car. A 4x4 would be better. On top again is very limited parking space, especially if several cars have been going up at the same time.
Below the tiny parking lot is a small tavern. To get to the chapel one has to walk a few steps upwards. The interior is open with quite good, although modern icons at the templon. Unusual is the fact that the church bell here is hanging from a nearby tree. Very special are the views from up here - in all directions: towards Pachia Ammos beach and the sea or back towards Mt. Saos.
Tripadvisor has in this case two entries for the same sight:
'Church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa' is exactly the same as 'Lady of Krimniotissa'.

6. Kipos Beach

Greece
Excellent
56%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Kipos Beach

Reviewed By Tiz2015 - Stroud, United Kingdom

Situated at the end of the north-eastern coastal road, this amazing long stretch of black pebble beach was a haven of remote, wild beauty, unspoilt by any form of commercialism. We were there in September and the water was clear, warm and welcoming. One of our best days on Samothraki, spent on an almost deserted, mile-long stretch of coastline...!! PS Eat at Karidies, Ano Meria, on the way back !

7. Mount Saos

68002, Greece
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Mount Saos

Reviewed By Meeoozeek - Thessaloniki Region, Greece

The highest peak of Saos mountain is Feggari, at 1.611 mts. This picture is taken form the southern part of Samothraki island during spring time. Most of the trails that lead to the peak, start from the northern part ( Loutra town). Still, the distant beach of Agios Andreas and the plain at the southern part of the island provides the best spot for a panoramic view as you can see. There are many Waterfalls at the mountain, Forests and archaeological sites. To get to the top you need a mountain guide and have to be fit and ready for a long trek.

8. Lady of Krimniotissas

Greece
Excellent
59%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Lady of Krimniotissas

Reviewed By saronic - Zurich, Switzerland

The chapel by itself wouldn't be a great attraction, what makes it special is its location. 'Panagia Krimniotissa' as this little church is called in Greek can be translated as 'The Lady by the abyss'. In fact the white washed chapel sits on an isolated rock high above Samothraki's only sandy beach Pachia Ammos.
To get here one has to take a dirt road branching off the paved road from Kamariotissa to Pachia Ammos for about 2-3km. The road is narrow and just about feasible for a regular car. A 4x4 would be better. On top again is very limited parking space, a bit of a problem if several cars have been going up at the same time.
Below the tiny parking is a small tavern. To get to the chspel one has to walk a few steps upwards. The interior is open with quite good, although modern icons at the iconostasis. Unusual is the fact that the church bell is hanging from a nearby tree. Great are the views from up here - in all directions: towards Pachia Ammos beach and the sea or back towards Mt. Saos.
Tripadvisor has in this case two entries for the same attraction: There is no difference between 'Church of Holy Mary Krimniotissa' and 'Lady of Krimniotissas'.

9. Xiropotamos Natural Pools

Greece
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Xiropotamos Natural Pools

Reviewed By saronic - Zurich, Switzerland

Most of Samothraki's famous 'vathres' (water pools) are in the neighbourhood of Therma in the island's northeastern side, but there is one worthwhile to visit water pool also in the southwest. To get here one drives through the hamlet of Xiropotamos ('Dry River' in Greek) until the end of the narrow paved road.
From now on it is walking, often along a water canal, which then means quite a bit of balancing. Good hiking boots are recommended, since the walk, although quite level, is definitely not that easy. Red dots show the way.
After about 30 minutes one reaches the pool below a nice waterfall. The pool is small, so it is more for a dip than a swim, although the water is quite deep. Water temperature even in summer is hardly more than 16-17° C.

10. The Coctail Bar Lydia

Greece
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
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0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

The Coctail Bar Lydia

Reviewed By Sophia K - Thessaloniki, Greece

They offer their own signature drinks along with traditional cocktails. We had watermelon margaritas which were great. Prices were reasonable and the music great.

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