Samos has a Mediterranean climate with dry and warm summers, and mild but wet winters. Temperatures during summer are mostly around 30 °C with balmy nights. Winters see highs of around 15 °C. Most of the annual 750mm of rain falls from November to March.
Samos International Airport (SMI) offers a wide range of flights. Destinations are mainly served seasonal (April to October) and include Athens, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich, Vienna, Milan, Verona, Brussels, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, London, Manchester and Amsterdam. Only Greek destinations have year-round flights.
Vathi is the main port and the other two ports are Karlovassi and Pithagorion. Ferries from Piraeus and and the Cyclades usually stop at both Vathi and Karlovassi. There's an overnight ferry, from Piraeus, Syros, Mykonos and Ikaria. Hydrofoils to the Dodecanese islands depart regularly from both Vathi and Pithagorion and there are also connections with all the islands of the North Aegean and the Dodecanese islands once a week through the shipping route from Alexandroupoli to Rhodes. Finally, there are also connections to Kusadasi in Turkey taking around 2 hours and costing € 35 one-way. Ferries depart at 8:30am and 5:30Ppm. During low season, there are fewer connections.
|Aria Hotel||8, Ioannou Lekati Street, Vathi - Samos||Hotel||-|
|Paradise Hotel - Samos||21 Kanari Str., Samos Town||Hotel||-|
|Samaina Inn Hotel||Port of Karlovassi, Samos Island||Hotel||-|
|Samaina Maisonettes||Port of Karlovassi, Samos Island||Hotel||-|
|Samos Hotel||Them. Sofouli Street 11 North Aegean||Hotel||-|
|Virginia Hotel||Vlamaris 39 Vlamaris str. 3||Hotel||-|
|Stratos Hotel||Pythagorion Samos||Hotel||-|
|Samos Bay Hotel||Gagou Beach||HOTEL||-|
|Karras Star Ikaria||Avlaki||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Merope||Dimarhou Kiriakou Karlovasi Samos||HOTEL||60|
|Proteas Blu Resort-Samos||Pythagorio City, Samos Island||HOTEL||-|
|Sirene Beach Hotel - Ixia||Kritika, Ixia Beach||HOTEL||-|
|Emily hotel||Grammou & November 11th||Apartment||-|
Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.
Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.
Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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