Village altitude 580 m, mountainous
Village land area 0,04 km2
Region averege altitude 391 m, mountainous
Region land area 15,26 km2
Population 2011: 245, 2001: 273, 1961: 933, & 1940: 1.296 inhabitants.
Area per person 179 m² per person.
Economy relies mainly on agriculture (olives trees).
Spatharei village (Greek: Σπαθαραίοι) is located at the south part of the island, and at the southwest foothills of “Ambelos” mountain (or Karvounis) at “Bournias” area. The distances are: 21 km from Pythagorio town, 35 Km from Samos town, 25 Km from Karlovasi town and 20 Km from Marathokampos village.
At an altitude of 580m, it’s of the highest-built villages on the island, with excellent view where you can see from west to south at Dodecanese, Fourni and Iκaria islands, Kerkis Mountain and all the coastline of Marathokanpos.top
History & name
As reported by the author E.Stamatiadis, the name is deriving from one of its first residents, a priest named “Spathas” who was the father of 18 children. The author Nik.Dimitriou disagrees, claiming that the name derives from the first inhabitants that came here from village “Spathari”, in Euboea island. Probable both are partly true, maybe the priest came from the “Spathari” village of Euboea, he was called (nicknamed) “Spatha” because of his descent and consequently the village was named as such.
The villagers had the reputation of being perennial, there’re many of them who surpassed 100 years of life. The most typical, two cases of two women, Grammatiki and Maria, for which rumors say that in 1829 they lived in the village and the first was 130 years old and the other one was 160 years old. Then again, the registry records were not very exact these days!.top
Eight settlements belong to Spatharei village, Avanti settlement at the seaside, 6,5 Km south-west from Spatharei with 16 inhabitants, Apostolos Pavlos 6,8 Km south from Spatharei , with 11 inhabitants, Vergi settlement at the seaside, 7,5 Km south-west from Spatharei with 14 inhabitants, Kalogeriko settlement at the seaside, 8 Km west from Spatharei with 9 inhabitants, Kirgianni settlement at the seaside, 8 Km south-west from Spatharei with 25 inhabitants, Limnionaki settlement at the seaside, 7,5 Km south-west from Spatharei with 14 inhabitants, Metochi settlement, 3 Km south-west from Spatharei without any inhabitants and Samiopoula island south from Spatharei with 4 inhabitants,top
- Stroll through the streets of the village.
- Following the dirt road that starts from the village and after 5 Km you will reach Skoureika village.