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Relaxing in Kokkari, Samos

A July 2005 trip to Samos by annie-m

Kokkari, Samos Photo, Samos, Greece More Photos
Quote: After a week of Roman city life, Kokkari, Samos, was our first stop in Greece and a perfect change of pace.

Relaxing in Kokkari, Samos

Overview

Kokkari, Samos Photo, Samos, Greece
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I chose Samos in order to take day trips to Ephesus and Patmos, but we would return to Samos for its own sake. It is a beautiful island, greener than the others we visited in Greece.We stayed in Kokkari, a fishing village/tourist town with a primary industry of car and scooter rentals. Jewelry and postcards are the other economic drivers, and we did our part. Kokkari focuses on German tourism, with German menus in nearly every restaurant and topless Germans on any stretch of seaside or poolside. Of course, English-speakers still get along just fine.We had our first experience with Greek advice-giving with the hotel desk. It came across as telling us what to do (rather...Read More

Arion

Hotel

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Hotel Arion is just outside of Kokkari, up on the hill. It is an easy walk to the town or to Lemonakia Beach, with free bus service most of the day.Like much of Kokkari, the Arion is full of German tourists. The tourist materials were mostly in German and there seemed to be a lot of package deals for German tours. Of course, we had no problem in English. The desk staff was very helpful and gave great recommendations and directions.The hotel is comfortable, with a great buffet breakfast featuring eggs to order and huge bowls of yogurt (my favorite). There's a nice pool, free Internet access, and a restaurant with dinner programs.Hotel Arion would be a good place for ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Arion
KOKKARI
Samos, Greek Islands 83100
GR-302273092020

Meltemi

Restaurant

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In Kokkari, there are restaurants on the beach and around the harbor. Meltemi is on the beach, so it is quieter than the bars and restaurants on the harbor.When we arrived, all of the tables on the (pebble) beach were full, so we sat at a table by the open window.The menu was typical Greek: fish, veal, or lamb specials with the fish and meat on display in coolers in the front of the restaurant. We had some fried appetizers and tzadziki and then I had lamb kleftika, which is lamb and potatoes and onions and feta layered in a casserole dish and roasted in the oven. Wonderful! I tried the house red wine and was not impressed, but that was my experience all over Greece -- and Italy...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Meltemi
Kokkari, Samos
Samos, Greek Islands

Villa Marina

Restaurant

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Villa Marina is on the main road just outside of town and an easy walk down the hill from the Hotel Arion. It is a small hotel, but for dinner it looks like a house with a party in the front yard. The seating is all outside, with tents to shelter from the wind that came up every evening.

The menu is typical Greek. We had some fried appetizers and tzadziki, then my friend had the fish and I had the veal special.

The food was good, and I had given up on the house wines and started drinking Mythos, a Greek (by Amstel?) beer.

It was informal and fun, a good place for almost anyone.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Villa Marina
Kokkari
Samos, Greek Islands

Lemonakia Beach

Attraction

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Lemonakia was a fifteen or twenty minute walk from the Hotel Arion, or an easy shuttle ride, if I wasn't too impatient to wait for the bus. Which I was.It is a pebble beach, so bring sandals that you can wear into the water. My Tevas worked great. The water is so clear and beautiful -- we were able to see the bottom while treading in 10ft or more. On the beach, chairs are for rent at 6 euros for two with umbrella. Pebble beaches were new for me, but my fellow traveler found them adventageous for many reasons: no sand in clothes and towels, running children don't kick sand on you, and pebbles don't blow when the wind comes up. Best of all, when you lay by the water's edge, the w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Lemonakia Beach
On the road west of Kokkari
Samos, Greek Islands