At a distance of 45 kms southwest from the capital and 30 kms from the airport, the road leads to the quaint fishing harbor of Ormos Marathokambos, a small village with an utterly Aegean – style traditional architecture. Built at an altitude of 250 m. and surrounded by fennel fields which gave the name to the area (translated in Greek, fennel=maratho, field = kambos), the quaint settlement was the first village of sailors in Samos. In the past, when pirates ravaged the Aegean Sea, the experienced captains from Marathokambos sailed the oceans, for trade, bringing back wealth and prosperity. Another major source of income was oil production, hence the many oil mills in the area. The village’s prosperity is still quite vivid, however today people earn their living mostly from tourism, fishing and agriculture.

The first settlers were refugees who came here from all around Greece – mainly from Gytheion, Marathonisi, Chios, Ikaria, Karpathos, Crete and Asia Minor seeking refuge from the Turks. The houses are all clinging the one next to the other as a means of protection from the enemies’ attacks, and connected with porticos, loggias, terraces and arches over whitewashed cobblestone streets. You will marvel the Aqueduct (1870), the High School (1881), the community office (1906), the Slaughterhouse (1908), the Primary School (1920). Among the churches, Aghia Paraskevi is one of the oldest, a basilica with a cupola (1607), while true gems of the village are the elaborate fountains (Luga - 1881, Laka – 1891, Apliti – 1847, Kouroubli – 1930).

Vacationers adore Marathokambos for its extensive sandy beaches, the clear blue and safe waters. Of the most popular spots is the well protected from the wind beach of Marathokambos, preferred by families, groups and couples who are looking for peaceful holidays, far from bustling crowds. Its waters are not very deep and they are crystal clear. You will enjoy total serenity, excellent food in the local taverns or cafes by the beach. You can also take a boat tour to the beaches, the nearby islets, Patmos, Fournous and Ikaria islands, or even nearby Turkey and Kousadasi.

There are numerous bays offering safe swim in perfectly spotless beaches. One well hidden beach is Gritses, then Poundes – 300 m. of sand and small pebbles, with lots of seaside tavernas for fresh fish-, Kambos, of the largest and most organized, in 2 kms of sand and pebbles. It is fully organized, with cafeterias, stores, mini markets and travel agencies.

Marathokambos’s secrets are endless, as its small sandy corner of Aspres (or Koukounara), an organized pebbly beach of 700 m., with coffee shops, restaurants, mini markets and stores. Next comes Varsamo, a 250 m. pebbly beach with deep waters but high waves during the northern blowing winds (20 kms from Kambos), no umbrellas or sunbeds available. Awarded with a blue flag, Balos is a 400 m. pebbly beach in the south, approx. 2 kms from Koumeika. For those seeking the perfect combination of sand and rocks, Limnionas is the place to be. It is organized, with facilities such as restaurants, cafes and mini markets.

Having walked around the village and leaving the beaches, it is worth going to higher levels: climb up 700 m., to visit Evangelistria Monastery or 1.170 m, to visit Prophitis Ilias church. At 1000 m. northwest, you can see the highest point of Kerkis Mountain, Vigla, at 1.445 m. From this point, which can be reached only on foot, you can have a perfect view of the Aegean and Asia Minor in the far end.

Tel. +30 22730 37202, 37373
Fax +30 22730 37372

Google Maps Coordinates
Latitude : 37.710241
Longitude : 26.700092
GPS Coordinates
Latitude : N 37 42.614
Longitude : E 26 42.006
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