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Village altitude  295 m
Village land area 
0,02 km2
Region averege altitude
278 m, mountain
Region land area 10 km2
2011: 97, 2001: 118, 1991:  129, 1886:  192 inhabitants.
Area per person  154 m² per person.

Economy relies mainly agriculture (olive oil, vegetables) beekeeping, logging, charcoal production and less on livestock (goats). During the 19th century, some silkworms and carobs were cultivated for animal feed.



Drakei village (Greek: Δρακαίοιlocate northwest at the island, lying at the northwest foothills of Kerkis mountain, on rocky, steep slopes but with lush vegetation

The distances are  from Samos town 72 km, from Karlovasi town 42 Km, from Pythagorio town 58 Km and from Marathokampos village 29 Km. 

Administratively consists, the local communities of Drakei, which belongs to Karlovasi municipal unit, of West Samos Municipality with Karlovasi capital.

It has great view from nort till southwest to Aegean sea, and to the islands of Icaria, Fournoi, Chios even in Andros when the weather permits. It has also of the most beautiful sunset, do not miss it !.

The distance to reach the village is long but you will be rewarded with beautiful views, the great sunsets, and the beautiful drive especially at the last 13 Km.

Kallithea and Drakei villages are the most remote villages of Samos and until 1965, when the road was made, they were completely isolated. This resulted to the economic and social dependence between the two villages and their parallel development. That’s why, in the memory of the Samians, these two villages are considered as one, as was reflected in the administrative division of the island during the period of the Hegemony in Samos (1834-1912), which constituted the Municipality of “Kalambaktasi”.

Drakei it is just 10 km away from Karlovasi, in straight line, but the construction route is extremely difficult because of the rocky, steep slopes of Kerkis mountain, that’s why the route it cross from Marathokampos area in the southwest of the island . This has isolated the village from the rest of the island and has led to significant population decline, but on the other hand, retains its authenticity.


History & name

During the period of Hegemony in Samos Drakei together with the neighboring village of Kalithea. constituted one municipality named Kalambaktasi. After the unification of Samos with Greece (1912), they were divided in two different communities.

The name of the village probably comes from the first inhabitant of the village who had the surname “Drakos”, according to Em. Kritikidis in Topography of Samos (1869) and Ep. Stamatiadis, in Samiaka (1886). There is also the secondary view, which correlates the name of the village with the tower “Drakano” that exists opposite the village, on the eastern cape of Ikaria island, which functioned as a ship observatory in the straits of the islands of Samos Ikaria and Fourni, as well the area of Drakea village.

The village was first inhabited probably around the beginning of the 18th c., since Georgirinis does not mention it, in the description of Samos of the 17th c. However, there was intense interest for the area, at least since the Early Byzantine period, because the strategic location allow the control of ship traffic in the straits of the islands of Samos, Fourni and Ikaria, through which cross the sea roads that connect the ports of southern Aegean with the Black Sea and the western Aegean with Asia Minor. There is no evidence of existence ancient city or village in the area, but it is certain of existed permanent guard to monitor the movement of ships, as evidenced by the ruins of the small tower at Pyrgaki area, archaeological finds in Agios Nikolaos (Ginaki) and other smaller watchtowers in the wider area.

During the period of Samos desolation (1476-1549), but also in periods that there was administration instability at the island, pirates must had the control of the area , since it was an ideal location for ships controlling and also a very good base to attack them. This view is reinforced by the occasional finding of buried treasures with gold coins in the wider area. Particular historical interest is the reference by Em. Kritikidis at his book Topography of Samos (1869) , for the finding of 80 gold Byzantine coins from the time of the emperor Justin II, 6th c AD.

The dozens of chapels in the area, testify that it was a place of isolation and contemplation for many orthodox Christians monks, from the 7th c, when monasticism began to develop at Samos. In the middle of the 15th century, at the southwestern areas of Kerkis mount, lived about 500 monks, out of 1,000 all over the island. They lived in huts, caves, but also in small monasteries (called Lavra), such as Panagia Makrini, Agios Charalambos (Zoodohos Pigi) and Agios Georgios, which were destroyed by Arabs Muslim attacks round to 890, and were re-established early of 10th c. with motivation by Saint Paul of Latros during the period that he was monk in Samos.

Ep. Stamatiadis, in his book Samiaka (1886) characterizes the inhabitants of the village as hardened, healthy and long-lived due to the fresh air, the cristal clear water and the large amount of rye and barley that they consume. In addition, mentions a romantic process of weddings in 18th and 19th c, according to this, the groom kidnapped the bride and they took refuge at the caves of Kerkis mount for a few days, then returned to the village for the official wedding.



One settlement belong to Drakei village, Ormos of Agios Isidoros settlement, 4,5 Km west from the village, with 18 inhabitants. It is the seaport of the village with an important legacy to the history of traditional shipbuilding of wooden boats in Greece.





Panoramic view of the village

The Sunset by Drakei village

The route from Potami beach at Karlovasi to Drakei village


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Drakei Samos T.K. 83102


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