Town altitude 5 m
Town land area 1,04 km2
Region averege altitude 20 m, semi mountainous
Region land area 9,3 km2
Population 2011: 6.200, 2001: 6.275, 1991: 5.824, 1951: 6.007, & 1928: 8.636 inhabitants.
Area per person 167 m² per person.
Economy relies mainly on trade, tourism and services
Samos (Greek: Σάμος), is located at the north-east part of the island. The distances are: 14 km from Pythagorio town, 32 Km from Karlovasi town and 43 Km from Marathokampos village. Administratively belongs to the “municipal unity of Vathi” and is the capital of Samos (all municipal unities of the island).
Although the newest town on the island, it charms the visitor at first glance, with its special character created by neoclassical buildings, the morphology of the area and of course the waterfront, the diamond of the city. It’s built amphitheatrically and is one of the few cities that managed to keep its traditional character. It has one of the best seafronts in the Aegean and many neoclassic buildings that witness the island’s good old times.top
It was the seaport of Vathi village. The area was called “Yialos” (= seaside) and till the end of 19th century there was nothing there apart for a few warehouses. After that and with the demise of the pirate raids that were devastating the Aegean islands and coasts, the first houses emerged and the initial settlement was a fact.
The settlement began to develop rapidly, when in the early summer of 1854, the Hegemon Ioannis Gikas, decided to move the capital from the village of Chora to Samos. As he said “it is to the benefit of this land to have its capital by the sea and the gulf of Vathi is indeed the perfect spot for this cause”.
Soon afterwards the harbor was constructed as well the seafront that connected the harbor with Pythagoras square. Both of these are continuously expanded and improved to our days.top
In the beginning the settlement was named Kato Vathi (= lower Vathi) and later Stefanoupoli to honor the first, but also the worst, Hegemon (ruler) of the island. His name was Stephanos Vogoridis. When he was replaced, the village was renamed as Port of Vathi. Its current name, Samos, was given to the city in 1958.top
Eight settlements belong to Samos town, Agia Paraskevi (or Nisi) settlement at the seaside, 10 Km north-east from Samos with 25 inhabitants, Asprohorti settlement at the seaside, 9 Km north-east from Samos with 11 inhabitants, Galazio settlement at the seaside, 11 Km north-east from Samos with 23 inhabitants, and also the islands Agios Nikolaos, Diaporti, Kasonisi, Makronisos, and Prasonisi north-east from Samos (uninhabited).top
- Apart for the town hall, also the rest of the island’s authorities are stationed here. Also the Prefecture and its services, museums, many banks and the Archbishop’s office. It is the biggest commercial center of eastern Samos with a purely urban population.
- It also hosts the French and German consulates.
- Behind the coastal road (first parallel) is the main shopping street of the city
- Walk in the city and admire the beautiful neoclassical buildings, remains of the great economic prosperity of the city.