What to do and see in Votsalakia, Greece: The Best Places and Tips

July 30, 2017 Karren Gelb

Discover the best top things to do in Votsalakia, Greece including Tsamadu Beach, Samos, Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, Potami Waterfalls, Balos Beach, Pappa Beach, Cave of Pythagoras, Psili Ammos Beach, Glicorisa Beach, Potami Beach.
Restaurants in Votsalakia

1. Tsamadu Beach

Tsamadu, Greece
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Tsamadu Beach

Reviewed By Cemgunes2009 - Izmir Province, Turkey

We went 2 times..I think it was the best beach in samos...Navagos restaurant was very good. Foods were very fresh and delicious..You will get free sun beds in here. Also prices were same as others..If you go samos at the summer time you must visit here..

2. Samos

EO Samou Karlovasiou, Kokkari 831 00, Greece
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 487 reviews

Samos

Reviewed By Belgo96 - Australia

If you are looking for brights lights, Water Parks, Mykonos-type nightlife, don't come to Samos. It isn't known for those things. It is far too uncommercialised for that because it not over-touristed like many of the other Islands are (I'm sorry but any island with a Water Park is over-touristed in my view). Samos is also so much more than Samos Town, which is all you'll see if you come for a day trip here. Kokkari is a nice place but I really preferred Pythagorion as a very pleasant and attractive place to stay. The island is important in terms of classical history and has two very fine (but small) archeology museums (in Pythagorio and Samos Town). There is also some Ancient and Roman ruins that you can view on the island as well as the Tunnel of Equalinos (built as an aquaduct in the 6th century BC and now able to be visited). You can do a day cruise to Ephesus in Turkey very easily (in summer) if you stay on the island. The people are friendly and it isn't over-crowded. The only drawback is the water temperature on the Beaches is a bit cold.

3. Monastery of Panagia Spiliani

Pythagorion, Greece
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 408 reviews

Monastery of Panagia Spiliani

Reviewed By Charles S - Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Our coach tour took us here. What a treasure isolated in the hills away from everywhere.
We filled our water bottles from their spring in the courtyard before entering the church. What a sight! What lighting! And what a piece of carving at the rear wall. It took two men to carve it all, and then they went on to make four more of these, apparently - said our very informative guide.

4. Potami Waterfalls

Karlovasi, Greece
Excellent
56%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

Potami Waterfalls

Reviewed By sunbird25 - sussex england

I can only say be well prepared- and consider whether or not you really want to visit the falls.
To reach them there is a pleasant enough Woodland walk featuring Rustic( extremely basic-barely skeletal) Bridges. This takes you past abandoned church which is worth a look.
Once you reach the pool you must walk through a narrow gap in the rocks to reach the base of the waterfall and to do this you need to wear proper swim shoes, also be prepared to leave your belongings behind, and be aware the water is icy!!
From the bottom pool you can apparently climb up the 7 levels of the waterfall to the top using some dodgy knotted ropes and clinging on for dear life! Why you would do this is beyond me, it is dangerous and fool hardy, and how no one has been seriously injured so far is amazing!!
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Next to the pool is a potentially lethal set of rustic (i.e rickety unsafe unmade) wooden steps leading up to the waterfall and a taverna- BUT be warned- its not for the faint hearted! in places there are no steps at all- or the gaps between are very high, the handrails are simply cobbled together bits of old fragile tree branches and the whole thing is in danger of imminent collapse. I cannot stress how fragile and rickety the whole construction is.
Someone wrote on here that they took their small child up these steps- madness!
IT is not advisable that you try this ascent in anything less than trainers or walking sandals/shoes, if you are scared of heights are physically unfit or infirm or have young children.
If you reach the top it is a further 30 minute plus walk down narrow treacherous and slippery paths too find the head of the waterfall.
There is a Taverna at the top of the rickety steps and the views, I will admit, are lovely
. You must retrace your steps down the stairs OR try to find a route from the taverna back to the road - it takes about 40 mins to an hour I believe.
One for the adrenalin junkies I think

5. Balos Beach

Koumeika 83104, Greece
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Balos Beach

A beautiful beach located on the south side of the island, it has a large cave on the beach and excellent snorkeling. Drive to the end of the road and you will see the cave. A few good places to eat and relax are also nearby. Quiet, shade and wonderful rock formations.

Reviewed By nmueller2 - Linz, Austria

This place is ideal for relaxation at a clean pebble+sand beach with clear waters. The landscape is beautiful with spectacular rocks and the view of Mt. Kerkis in the west. Tamarisk trees provide shade at the beach. Olive orchards, pine trees and numerous herbs and flowers can be seen in the back country. Excellent local food is served in five tavernas close to the sea.
Good snorkelling experience can be found at the rocky ends of the beach.

6. Pappa Beach

Ireon, Greece +30 694 545 0498
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Pappa Beach

Reviewed By Rich6419 - Poole, United Kingdom

Simply excellent. Maria and Kosta make you feel special. A truly relaxing environment with lots of friendliness

7. Cave of Pythagoras

Mount Kerkis | Marathokampos, Votsalakia 83102, Greece
Excellent
41%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 120 reviews

Cave of Pythagoras

Reviewed By Daniel K - Dow

If you like getting off the beaten path and finding those special places than this is the place for you. Our guide on Samos took us on what seemed like a goose chase as we drove down one small winding road after another—dirt and rocky roads with a bit of paving here and there—before arriving at a tiny cafe out in the middle of nowhere. We parked the cars and then hiked up to the cave. There was one spot where it was very steep and to continue going up you needed to use a road that was attached to a tree up the trail. Not a difficult hike but the steep part does require you to be very careful. The cave is not large but offers great views down the valley. The walls are blackened in many places and it feels nice and cool on a hot day. Well worth the hike up and down. Well worth the crazy drive to get there.

8. Psili Ammos Beach

Marathokampos, Greece
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Psili Ammos Beach

Reviewed By Cuci_12 - Ankara, Turkey

This beach is very convenient for you if you have small kids. The sea is clean, shallow and sandy. Also at the back there are big trees which makes the view perfect.

9. Glicorisa Beach

Pountes 83103, Greece
Excellent
53%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Glicorisa Beach

Reviewed By gerwo2013 - Karlsruhe, Germany

We like the Glicorisa Hotel (and beach bar) for the good service, for the location, which offers a great view to the sea and a nice atmosphere, if you are chilling at the beach bar. Very clean rooms, spacious balconies, nice breakfast Terrace and a fabulous bay. We are happy to know, that Glicorisa exists!

10. Potami Beach

Karlovasi, Greece
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Potami Beach

An amazing pebble beach with a river running into the sea. Walk through the woodland path to swim in the waterfall. Then have lunch at Hippys a restaurant on the beach under the trees, great food, inexpensive in a beautiful atmosphere.

Reviewed By Lucyasqt

Visited Potami beach on Samos and went to Hippies taverna. Good service. Incredibly busy and mainly full of Convivial Greek families. When we sat down we were informed that the table was reserved but they immediately found us a place. Delicious local white wine and great food. Perfect for a relaxed informal lunch. The restaurant is situated at the back of the beach and is pretty, shaded and cool.
Potami beach is in North Samos and the nearest beach to Karlovassi town. Sun loungers for hire with umbrellas as well as various double beds on the beach near the main bar where there were also chairs and sofas to sit on. Very chilled vibe. This is not a tourist beach. Whilst there were a few tourists the majority were Greeks. Beautiful beach with a nice breeze. Reminiscent of a Devon beach. Plenty of room. Not all the beach had loungers and possible to get away from the sun loungers and find some shade under trees or bring your own shade/chair

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