Samothraki (smug holiday slideshow alert)

by | Aug 31, 2019 | Travel & trips | 2 comments

Ever wondered where all the beautiful young (and young-at-heart) Greek hippies go on holiday? Ever fancied holidaying in Man Bun Central? Ever longed to wear your bum bag, bucket hat and ugly sandals with pride, in a totally non-ironic way?

The answer is Samothraki. In fact, the northern Aegean island, reached by ferry from Alexandroupoli, might be the answer to everything.

We’ve just spent nine days on the island and although it’s a bit of a mission to get to, it’s worth it. If you like quiet, pebbly beaches (we only saw one sandy beach in nine days), waterfalls, gorges, rock pools, an imposing mountain (Fegari, a decent 1600 metres high), and an almost total absence of Brit tourists, then Samothraki is worth a look.

It’s not too expensive, either – probably because of the, shall we say, earthy demographic it attracts. Our hotel, the charming Hotel Orpheus in Therma, was around 40 euros a night (for those on a tighter budget, the two local campsites were doing a roaring trade), and a two-course dinner for two rarely cost more than 35 euros, including a shed-load of the local wine.

(The trick is to not constantly convert everything into lev, otherwise it all seems ruinously expensive. So when a glass of wine costs you three euros, don’t scream internally ‘Six fucking leva? Are they out of their man-bunned heads!?’ Instead think, ‘What a jolly good price that is compared to other Greek islands or, shudder, the UK. La la la.’ That’s the trick. I never consistently pull it off, though.)

Here are just a few snaps of our Samothraki adventures. I’m already looking forward to going back one day.

Beautiful beaches, some wild, some less so

 

 

 

 

 

Hora, the main town

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary of the Great Gods

 

 

 

Stunning nature

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Greek loveliness

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Unknown

    I hope that Samothraki is a bit nearer than Zakynthos! We loved it and in some ways the drive from Sofia was also quite fun, but I am not sure that I would want to do so much driving again.

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  2. Auntie Bulgaria

    It was about 7.5 hours in the car, and around 3 hours on the ferry, so not exactly a short hop! And the ferry was daylight robbery (125 euros one way for us and the car), which came as a bit of a shock. If you want a really easy island to get to, I highly recommend Thassos.

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