If you have a rental car (we highly recommend to hire one) like we had during our trip in Samos you can visit the mountain villages Vourliotes and Manolates and the Ambelos waterfall in one day. The north coast of Samos is much rougher than the south coast as the wind and the sea crashes the coast. The northern part is also the greenest part and it’s fantastic to go for a tour high in the mountains. The steep curvy roads, the hairpin roads and the many views are worth exploring this area. You can find here many footpaths and the valley of the nightingales is a beautiful area.
From our apartment in Marathokampos we drove on the main road through Karlovassi to Vourliotes. At Kambos we take the sideway and continue to Vourliotes, but you can take another sideway to Pnaka first. The narrow road leads you to a small square with a church, a restaurant (was closed at that time) and a water source. The water is fresh and drinkable. The place is not very special actually, but it can be worth it.
From the main road it’s about 5 kilometers to Vourliotes, located at 340 meters altitude. The road is curvy and steep sometimes. We find it definitely a must to go to this mountain village if you are on Samos island. Here you can find the authentic Greek atmosphere.
The village has many narrow winding and colorful streets and it’s all very photogenic. I cannot stop taking pictures. Colors everywhere, old buildings, street cats, the empty quite streets. It is so quiet that sometimes it seems like nobody lives there. That’s what we really loved on Samos. Sometimes you see someone passing by on a motorbike, an old man sweeping the street, Greek locals who are loudly talking about something you don’t understand. But most of the time we see more cats than people.
On the village square you can find three tavernes. Drink a cuf of coffee and enjoy the atmosphere. Vourliotes counts 500 inhabitants and dates from the 16th century.
- Park your car before you drive into the village because Vourliotes is pedestrianized and the streets are getting narrow. Before you drive into the village, you have two options. There is a parking area on the right, but there was no place left. You can also turn left and take the road that goes up, you will see a parking lot on your right.