After we visited Pyrgos and Koumaradei we drive further to Pythagorion. Pythagorion is a vibrant city in Samos and is located about 3 kilometers from the airport. On our way from Chora you can see ruins of a Roman aqueduct on your left side after the gas station. When you enter Pythagorion, you can park the car on your right hand, there is a large parking lot on the beach. Go for a swim here to cool off before you start exploring the town.
You immediately notice it’s busier, more touristy and modern than in the rest of Samos island. In most villages it is often very quiet. A good reason to visit Pythagorion when you search for entertainment, this is the right place. The city has 1500 inhabitants and the harbor, boulevard and charming streets are certainly worth a visit. It’s a touristy place just like Kokkari but has retained its charm. For us, Kokkari was more touristy and less attractive.
There is also a port where is room for 280 yachts, the large statue of Pythagoras and you can stroll throught the famous ‘’blue street’’.
The name Pythagorion originated in 1955, named after the Greek philosopher Pythagoras to honour his work. Pythagorion is formerly known as Tigani that means casserole, named after the shape of the harbor. Pythagoras was a famous Greek mathematician and philosopher. You will probably know the Pythagorean theorem, which is about right angle triangles. He studied in captivity in Babylon and after he was freed, he returned to Samos at the age of 56. Due to disagreement with Polykrates, who ruled at that time and a tyrant, Pythagoras withdrew to the Kerkis mountain. Kerkis is the highest mountain of Samos and is literally a huge rock, a very difficult place to trek. Later he lived in Italy where he founded a philosophical school. The bronze statue of Pythagoras is located at the harbor.