Lying just off the Turkish coast and across from Ikaria, Samos is part of the N.E. Aegean Islands and a well known destination. Besides its low-key resorts and the lively capital, Vathy, there are many out of the way beaches and quiet spots in the cool, forested inland mountains, where traditional life continues similar to Ikaria.
Samos is famous for its sweet local wine (Muscat) and is also historically significant. The island was the legendary birthplace of Hera, and the sprawling ruins of her ancient sanctuary, the Heraion, are impressive and a worth a visit. Both the great mathematician Pythagoras and the hedonistic father of atomic theory, the 4th-century-BC philosopher Epicurus, were born here. Samos’ scientific genius is also affirmed by the astonishing 524 BC Evpalinos Tunnel, a spectacular feat of ancient engineering that stretches for 1034m deep underground.
From Ikaria you can easily reach Samos daily in summer with a number of different ferryboats leaving regularly from the port of Agios Kirikos. It is also possible to go on a Sailing Trips
from Ikaria that will take you to Samos and other nearby islands. Samos is also a gateway island for getting to Ikaria because of its international airport (SMI) that receives charter planes direct from various European cities during the season.