Samos island isone of the Dodecanese islands sitting fairly close to the Turkish coast, a large and mountainous island that was, in ancient times, one of Greece's wealthiest places.
As a result, Samos is today noted for its many architectural wonders of the ancient world, although unfortunately not all of them have been preserved for present-day visitors to enjoy.
Much of Samos' unique heritage has fallen foul of the cement mixer and the main resort of Pythagorion, in particular, has permanently paved over much of Samos island's glorious ancient past.
In the main island resorts, visitors may find the rough Greek edges have been polished smooth and the atmosphere is perhaps more often modern holiday village than traditional Greek village.
But it's not all like that. Samos has something for everyone, from big hotels to rustic backwaters, miles of sand, towering mountains, lush forests and some singularly beautiful scenery.
The hills inland are noted for wine growing, especially in the hillsides around Vourliotes, famed for its vintage muscat wine.
Samos is also noted for its native flora while flamingos have been using the island as a stopover for many years.
Samos is a big island and road trips to outlying holiday resorts can be wearily long. Beach lovers will head south and east while the adventurous look west and north.