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Kokkari, Samos Island

The village of Kokkari is situated at a distance of 9,5 kilometers northwestern to the town of Samos, on the coastal road, circular road of the island. The village has a small port for small fishing and tourist boats; in the past Kokkari served as the port of Mytilinioi. The actual settlement goes back to the early 19th century. The village was established on two low hills, on the ruins of an older one which had been previously abandoned. As the settlement increased in size, it has been extended also to the plain around. There are two suggestions for its name: the first names the village after the very small onion, which in Greek is called “kokkari”; the second one suggests that the village owes its name to the surname of an important land owner, who was also one of the first settlers of the place. In the past the locals lived mainly on fishing and agriculture, but today, due to the fact that Kokkari is one of the better touristy developed villages of the island, most of the permanent residents of the village (some 1000 in total) are occupied in tourism.

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The village is very scenic, thanks to the old buildings, very well preserved and restored, to the cute small port and to the lush vegetation of the area. The very good tourist facilities and the lovely beaches attract numerous visitors who can find here a wide range of alternatives for accommodation and many traditional restaurants and scenic coastal taverns offering good food and tasty local dishes.

There are also several choices for amusement and nightlife.

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Once in the village it is worth visiting the church of Panaghia (Virgin Mary), one of the older of the village, and the more recent church of Aghios Nicolaos (St. Nicolas).

You will enjoy swimming at the beach in front of the settlement and at the nearby beaches of Tsamados and Lemonakia (“small lemons” in Greek) with crystal clear sea and full of pines so close to the sea that they almost reach the wave line.

If you are around by the end of July, it is worth attending the local religious feast in honor of Aghios Panteleimon taking place on the 27th of July.

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For any health problems a local Medical Center and a pharmacy are available in the village.

Access to Kokkari from the capital town of Samos is pretty easy by public buses, with frequent service, by taxi and by private means (car and motorbikes). The small port of the settlement is suitable for mooring of small boats and yachts.
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