Village altitude 300 m
Village land area 0,03 km2
Region averege altitude 300 m, mountain
Region land area 17,5 km2
Population 2011: 140, 2001: 204, 1981: 284, 1961: 472, 1928: 635 inhabitants.
Area per person 195 m² per person.
Economy relies mainly on agriculture (mainly olives) & stock-breeding
Kallithea village (Greek: Καλλιθέα) is located at the northwest foothills of Kerkis mountain and it’s the westernmost village of the island. The distances are: from Samos town 64 km, from Karlovasi town 35 Km, from Pythagorio town 51 Km and from Marathokampos village 22 Km.
It’s built in a green landscape, with excellent view to the west, towards the Islands Fourni, Ikaria, Chios, sometimes Andros and you can also enjoy a spectacular sunset.top
History & name
Formerly called Prinias (=holm oak), because of the many holm oaks that were growing in the area. At that time, along with the village Drakei constituted the municipality “Kalampaktasion”, but later when the municipality separated in two villages, they kept the name “Kalampaktasi”. The name probably comes from the Turkish words “kale bakış açısı” which means “castle viewpoint”. There is also the view which claims that rather the name is coming from a resident and comes from the surname “Kalampaktasis”. There are still several other opinions. At about 1960 the village got its present name “Kallithea” which means “good view”.top
- From Kallithea, dirt roads lead up the mountain to an area called “Askitaria” (place where hermits once lived) at an altitude of over 700 m. There are many chapels in the area and some of them are inside caves. The place is lush green, with a nice view. The main dirt roads, after 10 km, leads to the village Drakei. On the way (4 Km from village) is the chapels of “Agia Paraskevi”, in lush green area and a little more up, the chapel “Panagia makrini” is located, in a cave (850 m by car and about 800 m on foot).
- You can follow dirt roads from Kallithea, that lead after 3 km down to the beach “Varsamo” and after another 1,6 km to the settlement “Agios Isidoros” where an active boatyard for wooden boats is located . From Agios Isidoros you can follow the road to go up to Drakei village after 4,3 km.
- Enjoy the spectacular sunset.