Vourliotes, Manolates and Ambelos waterfall as day trip on Samos

Vourliotes, Manolates and Ambelos waterfall as day trip on Samos

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.

View from Pnaka, Samos • errer.com


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.

Pnaka, Samos • errer.com
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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.

  • Tip
  • 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.
Vourliotes, Samos • errer.com
Vourliotes, Samos • errer.com
Vourliotes, Samos • errer.com
Vourliotes, Samos • errer.com
Vourliotes, Samos • errer.com
Streetcat in Vourliotes, Samos • errer.com
Vourliotes, Samos • errer.com


At the end of the morning we drive the road back to Manolates, a mountain village smaller than Vourliotes and situated at 380 meters altitude. The village counts about 150 inhabitants. From the main road it’s about 4,5 kilometres drive through the mountains. The drive from Agios Konstantinos is simply amazing. Through the valley of nightingales on a winding steep road. In the beginning the road is less steep in comparison with the route to Vourliotes. You can park the car for free on the left when you drive towards Manolates.

Manolates is a small artists’ village, here you will find several shops where artists sell handcrafted products such as ceramics, jewelry and honey.

Manolates we found less impressive than Vourliotes. We noticed Manolates is more focused on tourism, there were more tavernes and shops. Clearly, you will see significantly more tourists here. We almost didn’t take any pictures here and that indicates that Vourliotes is much more authentic and more photogenic.

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it to visit this village. But the drive is more spectacular than the village itself we think. That’s already a reason to go there. Enjoy your time at a terrace, that’s always a good idea. We ordered some juice and dolmades, vine leaves stuffed with rice and herbs.

Manolates, Samos • errer.com
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Ambelos Waterfall

As we drive back to Marathokampos at the end of the day we bring a visit to the waterfall in Ambelos. From the main road the drive to Ambelos, there was again almost no traffic and we enjoy the beautiful area. The road is very steep, sometimes 11% to 14% and hardly any guardrail.

The starting point of the path towards the waterfall is on the right side of the paved road just before the centre of Ambelos. There is also a sign that mentions the waterfall. It’s a 20 minute walk on a rough pat hand you are surrounded with chestnut trees, pines and olive trees. There is a steep cliff along the path, be careful and wear sneakers. The sound of flowing water in the valley is a joy while hiking the path.

Once arrived we had to laugh to each other, because the volume of water which was flowing was very small. That’s because it was September and the dry summer is responsible for the amount of water. If you visit the waterfall in spring, it will be more impressive. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful place to relax.

Ambelos waterfall, Samos • errer.com
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