• Fast facts

Village altitude  570 m
Village land area 
0,02 km2
Region averege altitude
560 m, mountainous
Region land area 14,25 km2
Population 
2011: 109, 2001: 143, 1981: 262,  1961: 310,  & 1940: 386 inhabitants.
Area per person  158 m² per person.

Economy relies mainly on agriculture (olives trees and viticulture).

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  • Description

Mesogios village  (Greek: Μεσόγειος) is located at the center of the island, and at the south-west foothills of “Ambelos” mountain (or Karvounis). The distances are: 19 km from Pythagorio town, 32 Km from Samos town, 22 Km from Karlovasi town and 19 Km from Marathokampos village.

Administratively consists the local communities of Mesogios, which belongs to Pythagoreion municipal unit, of East Samos Municipality, with Samos city capital.

It is of the highest altitude village on the island, with beautiful view over the southwest foothills of “Ambelos” mountain (or Karvounis), and one of the few villages which don’t enjoy view to the sea.
Although the area had suffered a huge blow from the fires during 2000, new vegetation grows quickly, and in a few years will hopfully have the vegetation it used to have.

Historically, the villages Mesogios and Pandrosos (located 800 m after) interrelated, and most often consider as one village.

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  • History & name

According the author “E.Stamatiadis”, the first inhabitants of the villages were two families “Arvanites*” from Albania, warriors fighting the Turks under the leader Skanderbeg (George Castriot) which after his death were dispersed all over to escape from the ottomans.
*Arvanites are a population group in Greece, from the current Northern Epirus, whose members speak Arvanitika, a mix of Albanian language.

The author “Zafiriou”, in his book “Archive of Samos” disagrees and claims that there were not only two families but more and that they were not Arvanites but Greeks from south Epirus. Additionally he supports the idea that the first name of the village “Arvanites”, came from the neighboring villages (Pirgos and Mavratzei), who called them so disparaging. And summing things up, that if they were Arvanites, there must have been names in the region in their language, while there aren’t any.

The author “N.Dimitriou”, in his book “Folklore of Samos” disagrees also with the view that the first inhabitants were Arvanites. Additionally he supports that if they were Arvanites, some would continue to use at least some words in their every day communication from this dialect, while we have no such records.  Additionally the dialect of these villages, looks amazing close to some villages of Tinos island and it’s possible that they came from there, or at least they have a common origin. The author, excludes any possibility for  Arvanites ever to have appeared in Samos.

Supporting the view of author Dimitriou, it is more likely that the first inhabitants were not Arvanites but from Tinos Island.

The first name of the village wasKato (=down) Arvanites”.
At the year 1960 the name of the village was changed to Mesogios and is valid until today, but many locals still use the old name of the village Kato Arvanites” or Arvanites” for both villages (Mesogios and Pandrosos), as they usually
call them.

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Address

Our Address:

Mesogios Samos T.K. 83104

GPS:

37.727336847342, 26.822683095234

Our Useful Features & Services

to southwestern slopes of the "Ambelos" mountain

Lush vegetation

Although the area has a large blow of the fires at 2000, new vegetation grow quickly, and in a few years will have again the vegetation it deserves.

Caffe (traditional)

Grocery store (for basic)

Road: asphalt, uphill, winding

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