Village altitude 60 m
Village land area 0,04 km2
Region averege altitude 60 m, lowland.
Region land area 10,50 km2
Population 2011: 249, 2001: 265, 1981: 286, 1961: 404, & 1940: 525 inhabitants.
Area per person 151 m² per person.
Economy relies mainly on agriculture (citrus & olives trees), less on tourism (taverns).
It’s located on the west end of “Choras village plain” (the largest plain in the island), close to the east bank of Imbrasus river and within a verdurous environment full of citrus orchards.top
History & name
Mili is one of the first villages in Samos, built at the begining of repopplation, in the mid of the 18th century and probably created by the few Samians who had remained on the island at the time of desolation (mid 15th century), isolated at the mountains.
The village, as of the first on the island, was the first capital city of Samos for about 50 years (1550-1600), then “Chora” village (1600-1854) became capital and then “Samos” town (1854 till today).
Unconfirmed information they say that philosopher Pythagoras, has had at the area a isolated refuge, to calm and dedicate himself το philosophizing.
The name Mili (=mills ) comes from the many water mills which operated in the area (to grind grain), as a result of the abundant water resources of the region and the waters of the river Imbrasus. Firstly (till 19th century) was named “Kilitz Ali Pasha” or “Kilitz Kioi” (Kioi=köy in Turkish means village) named after the Turkish admiral who contributed to the colonization of the desolate island.top
- Near the square, there is a small Mycenaean tomb.
- It has a scenic, beautiful, cool square with two big mulberry trees, but flooded by three tavernas’ tables. It’s nicely to have lunch there.
- Continuing the dirt road straight from the school you reach to Pagonda village after 4 km. It’s a nice route next to the river, with lush vegetation.
- At a distance 3.5 Km north of the village, the monastery “Megalis Panagias” (=Great Virgin Mary) is located.