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Pythagorion Samos travel guide

Pythagorion is the main tourist resort on the island of Samos and located on the south-east coast about 12km from Samos Town.

The large marina has berths for 280 boats and this is the main ferry port for the other Greek islands and to the mainland.

Pythagorio is a Unesco Cultural World Heritage Site, built on the site of an ancient city, although many archaeological treasures are now buried by cement.

There are some left to see however, from the Byzantine castle and fortified house of Lykourgos Logothetis to a 6th century Christian basilica along with Roman baths, an agora, several temples and a 4th century amphitheatre.

Pythagorio beach is a long, straight mix of shingle and sand that extends several kilometres to Potokaki and Ireon beaches with a watersports centre near the Doryssa hotel complex.

Tavernas and bars can be found around the horseshoe harbour and in the town's many side streets. Pythagorio is noted for its summer festivals, notably the Feast of the Fishermen in July and in early August a festival to mark an 1824 sea battle.

Buses go to to Samos Town and there are plenty of taxis and car rental firms. There are daily ferries to Piraeus and other islands as well as across the straits to Turkey.

The international airport just to the west of Pythagorion has European charter flights from May to October.