There are several beautiful beaches along the south coast of Samos in the Marathokampos municipality, each with its own distinctive appeal and characteristic features.
Balos beach is a long sandy beach 2 km from the village of Koumeika and close to well known Psili Ammos beach. Balos has good quality road access and can be reached via a small turn off the main road towardsKampos. Balos itself is a mixture of white sand and pebbles well protected from the wind, stretching 400m. The sea is here is deep but the waters are crystal clear. Along the beach are several tavernas, offering traditional Greek food and accommodation. Although there is not so much to do in the way of activities, the beach is a beautiful place to relax with strong sunshine almost all day until the sun sets dramatically in the evening.
Psili Ammos beach
Psili Ammos beach sits between Kampos and Limnion, a small fine sandy beach lined with pine trees, protected by the gulf of Marathokampos with shallow waters and fine golden sand. You can gain access to the beach easily by car or motorcycle, from the main road that connects Marathokampos with Kallithea (30 minutes from Samos town). The name of the beach actually means Golden Sand in Greek. Psili Ammos is a well-kept, organised beach with sunbeds and parasols available, several tavernas and beach bars with drinks and snacks and cliffs protecting it from the wind. It has been awarded the blue flag for swimming, so is well-suited for children.
Close to the village of Skoureika is Pefkos beach. Named after the pine trees that grow along its shore, Pefkos is a small pebbly beach, 200m long and well protected from winds by the slopes of Mount Kerkis. The beach is completely unspoilt, with only one small sea food restaurant providing food for the few visitors that come its way. Pefkos beach can be reached via an exit just before the turn off from the main road to Balos.
Kampos is the longest beach on the Samos island; 3km long with fine white sands and crystalline waters, set against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kerkis. The beach hosts several restaurants and fish tavernas, with sunbeds and parasols for rent. This is an ideal beach for families; the medium waters make for a great snorkel spot and the tranquillity of the scenery here is accompanied nicely by a taste of Greek culture, with Greek dancing in the evening, family run tavernas offering specialities such as shrimps baked with cheese and fresh tomatoes and even cocktail bars. There is plenty to do here, with boat trips out to the unspoilt volcanic island that can be seen from the beach and good paths for walking among the vegetation of Samos and the road up into the mountains that leads to the Cave of Pythagoras. Or you can just relax and enjoy the atmosphere with a quiet glass of Samos wine, while the children play.
Limnionas beach is a thick sandy secluded beach off the main road west of Kampos and close by to Psili Ammos. Limnionas is 400m long with deep blue waters and old olive trees growing along its shores. Surrounded by many smaller, beautiful beaches and lush vegetation, it is the perfect place to get a cool drink and something to eat at one of the Taverns before exploring the paths that lead into the thick vegetation of Samos island. Although the beach is large and well organised with parasols and homemade pizza and pasta tavernas with live music and dancing in the evening, it does not attract too many visitors because of its location off the main road. It is not too difficult to get to however and can be accessed via a detour to the south of the road that connects Marathokampos and Kallithea, or on foot from Votsalakia beach. On the beach you can sit under the cover of vines and flowers and look out over the waters with a clear view of the island of Fourni.
Tsopela beach is a small secluded beach at the southern most point of Samos. This beach can only be accessed via a 7km dirt road but the ride offers beautiful views of the bay framed by pine trees. The beach remains unspoilt with no accommodation, taverns or sun beds.
Aspres beach is a small 350 meter long pebble beach located on the road that connects Marathokampos and Kallithea. This is one of Samos’ nudist beaches.