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Vourliotes, Samos Island

Vourliotes is an inland village, situated at an altitude of 300 meters, some 5 kilometers far from the main public road, leading from Samos to Karlovasi. The village is found at a distance of some 20 kilometers far from the capital town of Samos, at the Northwest. It is one of the older villages of the island and was established in late 16th or early 17th century. It owes its name to the origin of the first settlers who came from the village of Vourla (the ancient city of Klazomenes), in Asia Minor. The village is situated within an area of luxuriant green with a thick wood of pines, numerous vineyards and abundant current water. The village, one of the most beautiful and scenic settlements of the island, has narrow streets and very nice old traditional houses, many of which have been recently restored. One kilometer before the deviation, at the coast, it is situated the settlement of Avlakia, the old port of Vourliotes, which now has become a modern tourist resort. Today, Vourliotes count some 500 permanent residents living on agriculture, mainly the viniculture, and on tourism.

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Thanks to the scenic environment and the neighboring lovely beaches, the area receives numerous tourists. Accommodation facilities are available for them and the traditional restaurants and cafés at the square of the village offer gorgeous food and local dishes; at the coastal taverns the visitor will also enjoy fresh fish and seafood.

For swimming you may go to the nearby beach of Avlakia, and to the beaches of Tsampou and Kambos, also close enough; in all of them you will enjoy a crystal clear, very clean sea.

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Once at the village, it is worth seeing several nice old churches, as the cathedral of the village, celebrated in the name of Aghios Ioannis Theologos (St. John the Theologian), constructed in the 18th century; it is also worth visiting the church of Koimisi, dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary with an excellent wood carved icon screen. Strolling about the village you will certainly notice the lovely stone fountain with the cool current water; another interesting stone fountain, at the site of Pnaka, close enough to the village, offers its cool water to those who come to pray in the small church of Aghios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Baptist), or enjoy the breathtaking view and the wonderful natural environment. Some two 2 kilometers southern to the village it is situated the Holy Monastery of Vrontas, or Panaghia Vrontiani, as it is better known. The monastery was built within a dreamy place, at an altitude of 450 meters; it was founded in circa 1560 by two brothers, the monks Iakovos and Makarios and it was dedicated to the Birth of Virgin Mary. Before the fires had destroyed the area in 1999, the church had a lot of frescoes, a valuable wood carved icon screen and numerous religious objects of high artistic and religious value; unfortunately, fire has destroyed everything. If you like walking and hiking, the broader area above Vourliotes is ideal for this activity; the mountain of Karvouni is one of the first choices for the fans of walking and hiking.

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If you are around in summer, don’t miss the local religious feasts (“panighyri”) taking place on the 17th of July in honor of Aghia Marina, on the 15th of August, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and above all on the 8th of September in honor of the Birth of Virgin Mary, which takes place at the Monastery of Panaghia Vrontiani.

In case of emergence you should address to the nearby town of Karlovasi, or to the capital town of Samos.

Access to Vourliotes is easy from the capital town of Samos by public buses; you can also reach the place by private means (car and motorbikes). If you have a boat or small yacht, the small port of Avlakia is available for mooring.
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