Settlement altitude 5 m
Settlement land area 0,48 km2
Region averege altitude –
Region land area –
Population 2011: 489, 2001: 237 inhabitants.
Area per person 984 m² per person.
Economy relies mainly on tourism and less on agriculture.
Kampos Marathokampou settlement (Greek: Κάμπος Μαραθοκάμπου) is also known as Votsalakia (Βοτσαλάκια). It’s located at the southwestern part of the island, in the south eastern foothills of Kerkis mountain, The distances are: from Samos town 50 km, from Karlovasi town 35 Km, from Pythagorio town 30 Km and from Marathokampos village 7 Km. Administratively belongs to the municipal community of Marathokampos village and municipal unity of Marathokampos.
At the front of the settlement stretches the homonymous, 2km long, very beautiful beach, (one of the longest in Samos). At the surrounding area there are many more beautiful beaches for all tastes.
It’s one of the most developed touristic areas of Samos island, with many, remarkable, friendly family businesses, apartments to let and some large hotels. The natural beauties, numerous and beautiful beaches and calmness that the area has to offer, attract thousands of visitors during the summer months (also during the winter time also, especially latelly).top
History & name
Previously, in the area there were many small houses (known as Kalivia), where the inhabitants of Marathokampos lived (mostly during the summer months) to tend to their crops, mostly veg, wheat, clover (food for animals) and olive trees. With the development of tourism in the early 1980s, several croplands were replaced with tourism infrastructure, but there are still many, mostly olive trees.
The name “Kampos Marathokampou” (as is the official name), means “flatland of Marathokampos”, by the 1970s the locals used to call it also “Votsalakia” (= pebbles), because of the name of the first tavern in the area, which was a reference point in the region, but with the development of the region, and the expansion of business, it again took its official name. Τhe name “Votsalakia” is now used as a name of the beach.top
- Walk to the Kerkis mountain, at Vangelistra monastery (650 m height, you will find water there), to “Prophitis Elias” chapel (1.150 m height, you will find shelter) on top of Kerkis mountain (1.450 m height).
– Start early in the morning,
– Τake water with you,
– Do to leave the path,
– Put signs to paths for return,
– Return early in the afternoon.
- Visit the “Pythagoras cave”, northwest of Kampos, at 3,5 km distance from Kampos (1,4 asphalt and 2 km dirt road).
- Εxplore the beaches of the area.