Samos is one of the larger Greek islands just off the Turkish coast in the eastern Aegean and near Ikaria, Patmos, Fourni and to the south of Chios. A holiday favorite for foreign visitors and Greeks alike, Samos is known beyond its borders for its Muscat wine and for being the birthplace of the brilliant Pythagoras and the philosopher Epicurus. Samos is an island of stunning natural variety and soft tones that stand in contrast to the stark and luminous whiteness of the Cyclades: pine-covered slopes, picturesque villages immersed in green lushness, some major archaeological sites and serious hiking potential for anyone seeking to complement a laid-back epicurean holiday with peripatetic, nature-oriented activities: Kerkis and Ambelos, the island’s mountains are home to rare flora and fauna, while the migrating pelicans and flamingos at the precious wetlands of the Glyfades lakes (Megali Glyfada & Mikri Glyfada) and Alyki will delight bird watchers. Vathy, the old part of the island’s modern capital and port, saw its main building spree in the early 19th century and is blessed with neoclassical and Venetian architectural gems. One of the island’s most renowned archeological sites is the 5th century Tunnel of Eupalinos. Almost a kilometer long, it is a stunning example of ancient engineering that comes with it is own story of tyrants and freed slaves.