Samothrace island is mostly mountainous and remains one of the last truly virgin islands of Greece. Small picturesque villages, physical beauty, forests coupled with Mediterranean vegetation and running water, and virgin shores, compose an especially impressive landscape and an ideal destination for nature lovers.
The current name of the island comes from the ancient Samos, which means “height near the shore” and was one of the names in antiquity, according to Herodotus. The island’s name is widely known because of the statue of the impeller Nike (Victory of Samothrace), which is now in the Louvre in Paris and dates from 220-190 BC. At the 7th century, came to the island of Samothrace the first Greeks, wind origin. Today Paleopolis, was in ancient times the most important center of Samothrace nisiou. Then Samothraki passed to power of the Macedonians and Romans. Perseus, the last king of Macedonia, chose the island as a last resort before falling into the hands of the Romans. In the Middle Ages, under the Byzantine Empire, the island was a place of exile, and often accept foreign invasions. Domination by Gattilusi Genoese in 1430 and the conquest by the Turks in 1479. After his ordeal B “World War was followed by bleeding of migration. Eventually however Samothrace island once again back on track.
The fascinating archaeological site of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods and the adjoining small museum, at Paleopolis on the north coast 6 km east of Kamariotissa, are the island’s most popular attractions for tourists, the majority of whom are Greek.
Almost anywhere on Samothrace, the food is delicious with a hint of the hot peppers used in northeastern greece. Retsina – seriously it is one of those drinks that tastes fantastic in its native environment but doesn’t travel at all.