Welcome to Karlovasi Samos

The city of Karlovasi is 32 kilometers northwest on the island of Samos. The name itself is derived from the turkish words karli and ovasi meaning snowfallen plain and is also known as Kariova and Karlovas. The first inhabitants have been recorded in the beginning of the 1600’s and possibly earlier on with the first descendants being immigrants from Chios, followed by Peloponesos, Crete, Ikaria, Naxos and other islands. Just as its name suggests, Paleo (meaning old in Greek) was the first area to develop atop an inaccessible hillside followed by Middle Karlovasi, New Karlovasi, the addition of the port on September 8th 1871 and last Ormos Karlovasi.

New Karlovasi

The commercial center of Karlovasi where one can find many shops, cafes and taverns.

Middle Karlovasi

A picturesque square for enjoying a meal at an authentic taverna.

Old Karlovasi

After ascending through a forest enjoy the panoramic view from the chapel.

The Tanneries

The processing of raw hides was one of the main activities during the Ottoman Empire as the first tanneries were established in Greece even though the methods of processing and producing leather had already been discovered during the Byzantine years.The treated leather was then purchased by shoemakers and other craftsmen involved in the manufacture of leather goods.Within the area of Karlovasi referred to as Riva, up to 50 tanneries were operated using steam as the main source of power and eventually turning to electricity and oil. As the markets began to change the further development of the industry set new standards that the tanneries of Karlovasi could not meet. As the Tambakika (the name given to the tanneries in Karlovasi) could no longer compete with their international competitors and colleagues, a fall in production and exports occurred leading to its demise. Today remnants of the old tanneries stand as “souvenirs” of another era.


The Tannery Museum

In honor of the producers and industry that continued from the beginning of the century until a few decades ago, a tannery museum is now standing in one of the old stone “Tabakika” buildings. The local tradition and experience of leather production is depicted through exhibits including tools, machines, processed skins and audio visual material.

Telephone : 22730 79137
Hours of Operation : Tuesday -Saturday 09:00-13:00

Folklore Museum

The Historical and Folklore Museum in Karlovasi began operating in 1994. Its exhibits cover a period that dates from 1870 to 1955 and essentially combines the elements of rural and urban folklore. The visitor can see the original agricultural tools used, porcelain objects of great value, woven materials, a traditional loom, a bread kneading trough, furniture, impressive garments worn by the city’s female upper class and even diaries from the citizens of that time. The continuing efforts of the Museum present an interesting and authentic representation of our land at that particular time.

Telephone :+30 22730 32265
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Sunday 08:30 – 15:00

The Mansions

The Karlovasi Mansions embellish the road to Ormo Karlovasi with their imposing neoclassical architecture taking us to another time. The neoclassical mansions radiate the splendor and glamour of a glorious past in the late 19th century, when Karlovasi experienced an economic boom thanks to its trade with the countries of Europe.

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The Beaches

Potami Beach

Having a magnificent location, the crystal clear waters of Potami Beach(the Greek word potami meaning River) look up at the lush green mountainsides surrounding the area. A must see are the six waterfalls that can be reached on foot following the river through a fairytale forest that eventually meet here in the sea. The stone beach is fully equipped with sun loungers, beach bars and restaurants. Located approximately 5 kilometers from New Karlovasi, visitors can reach Potami Beach by way of Taxi or the local KTEL bus line.

The Seitani Beaches

The Seitani beaches are located within a Natura 2000 protected area due to the rare and extinct wildlife and flora existing in the region. They are accessible by way of boat leaving the harbor of Karlovasi or by foot following the well marked trail from Potami Beach. The impressive vertical cliffs behind the first and smaller of the two beaches is the Kakoperato Gorge which lends an adventurous canyoning route to the second and larger Seitani Beach. It is said that these beaches were named “Satan’s Port” by the pirates who lost control of their ships in their violent waters. Depending on the season of your travel, you may be lucky and witness the rare monk seal who chooses these secluded beaches as her birthing grounds.

The Karlovasi Beaches

Along the coastline of Karlovasi there are many beaches of various lengths having a mixture of sand and pebbles. They have been a popular place for locals to treat themselves to a swim during the long summer season.





Hiking, trails and the waterfalls.

Samos not only combines lush forests with the magnificent Aegean Sea. There are many surprises waiting to be discovered. The diverse terrain and high mountains create small streams and rivers often leading to beautiful waterfalls and a network of at least 32 hiking trails. Just three kilometers from Karlovasi within the Potami Beach area are the popular waterfalls that create two small lagoons. At beginning of the trail to the falls stands the 11th-14th century Byzantine church of Metamorfosis tou Sotiros (Transfiguration) that was built on the ruins of an even older church. The trail leads south through a beautiful forest of plane trees along a stream that eventually empties between the mountains and invites the brave visitor to a cool dip in its chilled waters. Once inside a wonderful adventure begins as you discover small climbable falls leading to larger ones with small lagoons between them.


Sailing,windsurfing,diving, and sea kayak are some of the popular watersports in the area carried out by professional teams. The Karlovasi Maritime Club organizes many seminars throughout the year of ecological , medical-mechanical-meteorological and rescue interests. The sectors they deal with are sailing, swimming, diving, cruising and racing.

In particular, it has the following departments:
- Offshore sailing
- Swimming Department
- Department of Fisheries
- Department of Horseracing


Offering clubs and cafes both within the city of New Karlovasi as well as the port of Karlovasi there are many choices to consider for all tastes. A variety of festivals, holidays, shows, theatrical concerts,musical concerts and events take place throughout the year including most recently a Street Art Festival that has become the talk of the island. Beach bars, roof bars and clubs satisfy both the locals as well as the visitors and university students in the city. Be sure to ask about our unique cocktails made with our prized and award winning sweet wine !

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Local recipes include a wide range of mouthwatering dishes and desserts. Taking advantage of the rich soil and lush mountains, valleys and forests, agriculture has always been a thriving industry providing fresh produce, herbs and teas. Influenced by the culinary customs brought over by Greek migrants, merchants and Asia Minor, there are many recipes for meat lovers as well as vegetarians. Rice stuffed goat, “bourekia” pumpkin and cheese patties, “giorti” the traditional slow cooked wheat and goat porridge, and ”tiganites” fried dough cakes are some of the delicacies to try while visiting. Some of the local specialties include olive oil, aromatic honey, wines, ouzo, the famous Hamada olive, fresh goat cheese, herbs and teas. A sector of Slow food has developed in the community and is growing steadily lending its awareness to the citizens and visitors alike to take advantage of the healthy nutritional choices the island has to offer.

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Samos Outdoor Activities

A professional team is here to guide you through an adventurous holiday. Explore the gorges, go rock climbing, visit caves with incredible views, cycle through mountain trails, discover secluded beaches, go canyoning or rappelling and hike through lush forests. The most popular climb is to the second highest peak in the Aegean found on Mount Kerkis. The peak named Vigla offers amazing views at 1,433 meters high. This climb should never be attempted alone or during high winds due to the large portion of the route being on the edge of a ridge with a cliff to one side and a steep slope on the other. Another popular hike is to the cave of Pythagoras found on the other side of the extinct volcano Mount Kerkis. Here the great philosopher and mathematician lived and taught his followers before being exiled to Italy where he created the Semi Circle brotherhood. A guided tour with Samos Outdoors is not just any ordinary tour it is an unforgettable experience. Be sure to inquire about their unique full moon hikes! For more information you can visit their site or contact them by email.
Email - info@samosoutdoors.com
Web - www.samosoutdoors.com

The University of the Aegean Dept. of Information and Communication Systems Engineering

The University of Samos is based in the city of Karlovasi. It includes the Faculty of Science, which consists of the Departments of Mathematics, Information and Communication Systems and the Section of Statistics and Actuarial - Financial Mathematics. Included are the departments of the Faculty and Library Departments (Branch of the central library). Samian society has been generous to the University. The school is housed within various neoclassical buildings of great value that have been granted to the University as well as other rented buildings.

Administration Department

The former Emporiki School was renovated and houses the administration department of the university.

Hatzigiannio Building

Built in 1903, the central library can be found here in the building that once was the girls school in.

Provatari Building

Located on the main road to the port of Karlovasi, this building is used as an amphitheater and houses the professor’s offices.

Charming Authentic Villages


Just five kilometers north of Karlovasi the village of Leka nestles on a mountainside. From its town square a visitor can enjoy the spectacular views to the northeast of the island from which the entire plain of Karlovasi is within sight, the vineyards and the coast of Asia Minor from afar.


Traveling north four kilometers from Leka village,perched on the slopes of Mount Kerkis, lies Kastania village within lush and dense forests. The first settlers of the village were known to be from Epirus.


Kontakeika village is four kilometers from Karlovasi. A very picturesque location is Limanaki and the coastal settlement of Agios Nikolaos, which is the northernmost settlement on the island and has enjoyed great tourist development in recent years.

Pythagorean cup/Pottery in Samos

The Pythagorean cup also known as the cup of justice, the tantalus cup or the greedy cup was invented by the famous Samian philosopher, mathematician and mystic Pythagoras. It was his way of teaching the virtue of moderation. When it is filled beyond a certain point, a siphoning effect causes the cup to drain its entire contents through the base. Pottery is indeed an ancient skill that is still practised today in Samos. In the village of Manolates and Karlovasi visitors can experience a pottery workshop and learn the ancient techniques of the island. Many unique and wonderfully handpainted pieces of pottery are sold throughout the island for visitors to purchase as a memoir of their visit.

Φωτογραφικό Υλικό

Bρίσκεται στους πρόποδες του όρους Κερκετέα και, σύμφωνα με κάποιες πηγές, εδώ κατέφυγε για να κρυφτεί ο φιλόσοφος Πυθαγόρας, την εποχή που τον καταδίωκε ο τύραννος Πολυκράτης. Υπάρχει και η άλλη εκδοχή της ιστορίας.
Τη σπηλιά τη χρησιμοποιούσε ο Πυθαγόρας ως ερημητήριο, για να συλλογίζεται απερίσπαστος τα φιλοσοφικά ζητήματα. 320 σκαλοπάτια οδηγούν στην είσοδο του Σπηλαίου. Η θέα είναι εκπληκτική.