Pythagoreio is a picturesque town on the Greek island of Samos. Cobbled alleys, whitewashed houses and a harbour dotted with brightly-painted fishing boats give the town a postcard-perfect feel. Bask on white pebble beaches, swim in the crystalline Aegean Sea and explore ancient archaeological sites.
Things to do in Pythagorio
Swim, sunbathe and collect shells on Pythagorio Town Beach. The beach is a short walk from the town centre and dotted with sun lounges and umbrellas. Refuel with a pitta souvlaki or a “gyros” stuffed with rotisserie meat, fried potatoes and tzatziki sauce from a nearby café.
Scuba diving trips reveal a vibrant underwater world. You’ll love the chance to explore world-class dive sites with depths ranging from 10 to 25 metres. The visibility is amazing - expect to see colourful corals, fish and sea sponges. Advanced divers can explore shipwrecks, caves and swim-through caverns. If you’d rather stay above water, kayaking trips are a fun way to enjoy the sparkling Aegean Sea.
Descend into Evpalinos Tunnel and discover the city’s ancient past. The tunnel was built in 524 BC to source drinking water for the ancient city and stretches for over one kilometre into the mountainside. The ancient sanctuary of Heraion dates to the 6th century BC and is dotted with crumbling ruins. It was built to honour the Greek goddess Hera and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk around the archaeological site and marvel at the enormous stone slabs and columns. Learn more about the island’s ancient past at the Archaeological Museum of Pythagorio in the town centre.
Getting around Pythagorio
Pythagoreio is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is a 20-minute drive from Vathy, the island’s lively capital. Local buses also run between Pythagoreio and Vathy. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Pythagoreio and explore the island at your own pace.