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A “green” hotel in a green island!

On the southwestern coast of Samos and on one of the most quaint and beautiful bays, Marathokambos bay, authenticity, tradition and hospitality are embodied into a fully renovated hotel unit, the boutique – style Kerkis Bay Hotel. Here, in the serene and friendly atmosphere which the hospitable owners have created in order to provide the best holiday and recreation environment, you will discover your own paradise.

Neatness, convenience, high level of services and the fully renovated rooms will amaze you. You can choose among 29 rooms [singles, doubles, triples, family rooms, and suites], well-appointed and perfectly decorated.

Within short distance, you will find a basket ball, football, volleyball courts (at 500 m.), a playground (at 40 m.) and various sports facilities (1 km). Should you prefer to do something different, apart from lying in the spotless beach, you can enjoy fishing, hiking, diving or read an interesting book at the hotel’s library.

At close proximity, there are stores that cater to all sorts of needs, such as a boutique and shops (at 500 m.), souvenir stores (at 80 m.), hair salon (at 50 m.) and a Mini Market (at 30 m.)

Getting to know the island has never been easier. Kerkis Bay Hotel staff is ready to assist and make all necessary arrangements. You will find bicycle and car rental services, a tour desk to arrange island tours, foreign exchange services and fax/ photocopying facilities.

One of the most positive assets of Kerkis Bay Hotel is its ecological character, paying particular attention to invest in green technology and environmental- friendly facilities. Hot water for both the hotel and the restaurant is supplied exclusively by solar power, while its new roof is roofing insulation systems that can save energy and costs.

In the greenest island of the Aegean, Kerkis Bay Hotel, its location, its services and its people secure ideal holidays for all the family, away from massive crowds of the highly touristic areas.

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Kerkis Bay Hotel, a 3 star [***] “boutique – style” hotel, welcomes our guests in a completely new unit comprising of 29 rooms. There are all kinds of rooms, depending on the occupancy: singles [1 guest], doubles [2 guests], triples [3 guests] and 4 suites for small families [2 – 4 guests]. There are also Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests and Soundproofed Rooms.

All rooms are elegantly decorated, spotlessly clean, relaxing, airy and sunlit, painted in hues of blue, white, yellow and boasting balconies with a majestic view.

Room facilities:
  • Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub
  • Mini Bar
  • Individually Controlled Air Condition
  • Music
  • Satellite Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Private Balcony with View

There is daily room maintenance and free wireless internet [Wi – Fi] in all the hotel.

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At a distance of 45 kms southwest from the capital and 30 kms from the airport, the road leads to the quaint fishing harbor of Ormos Marathokambos, a small village with an utterly Aegean – style traditional architecture. Built at an altitude of 250 m. and surrounded by fennel fields which gave the name to the area (translated in Greek, fennel=maratho, field = kambos), the quaint settlement was the first village of sailors in Samos. In the past, when pirates ravaged the Aegean Sea, the experienced captains from Marathokambos sailed the oceans, for trade, bringing back wealth and prosperity. Another major source of income was oil production, hence the many oil mills in the area. The village’s prosperity is still quite vivid, however today people earn their living mostly from tourism, fishing and agriculture.

The first settlers were refugees who came here from all around Greece – mainly from Gytheion, Marathonisi, Chios, Ikaria, Karpathos, Crete and Asia Minor seeking refuge from the Turks. The houses are all clinging the one next to the other as a means of protection from the enemies’ attacks, and connected with porticos, loggias, terraces and arches over whitewashed cobblestone streets. You will marvel the Aqueduct (1870), the High School (1881), the community office (1906), the Slaughterhouse (1908), the Primary School (1920). Among the churches, Aghia Paraskevi is one of the oldest, a basilica with a cupola (1607), while true gems of the village are the elaborate fountains (Luga - 1881, Laka – 1891, Apliti – 1847, Kouroubli – 1930).

Vacationers adore Marathokambos for its extensive sandy beaches, the clear blue and safe waters. Of the most popular spots is the well protected from the wind beach of Marathokambos, preferred by families, groups and couples who are looking for peaceful holidays, far from bustling crowds. Its waters are not very deep and they are crystal clear. You will enjoy total serenity, excellent food in the local taverns or cafes by the beach. You can also take a boat tour to the beaches, the nearby islets, Patmos, Fournous and Ikaria islands, or even nearby Turkey and Kousadasi.

There are numerous bays offering safe swim in perfectly spotless beaches. One well hidden beach is Gritses, then Poundes – 300 m. of sand and small pebbles, with lots of seaside tavernas for fresh fish-, Kambos, of the largest and most organized, in 2 kms of sand and pebbles. It is fully organized, with cafeterias, stores, mini markets and travel agencies.

Marathokambos’s secrets are endless, as its small sandy corner of Aspres (or Koukounara), an organized pebbly beach of 700 m., with coffee shops, restaurants, mini markets and stores. Next comes Varsamo, a 250 m. pebbly beach with deep waters but high waves during the northern blowing winds (20 kms from Kambos), no umbrellas or sunbeds available. Awarded with a blue flag, Balos is a 400 m. pebbly beach in the south, approx. 2 kms from Koumeika. For those seeking the perfect combination of sand and rocks, Limnionas is the place to be. It is organized, with facilities such as restaurants, cafes and mini markets.

Having walked around the village and leaving the beaches, it is worth going to higher levels: climb up 700 m., to visit Evangelistria Monastery or 1.170 m, to visit Prophitis Ilias church. At 1000 m. northwest, you can see the highest point of Kerkis Mountain, Vigla, at 1.445 m. From this point, which can be reached only on foot, you can have a perfect view of the Aegean and Asia Minor in the far end.

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Should you choose your meal preference either on a breakfast, a half-board or a full-board basis, you will have the chance to enjoy your meal at the hotel’s restaurant, near the beach.

Kerkis Bay Tavern, by the seaside, with its spacious interior and exterior areas, has a perfect view to the small fishing port while its cuisine is typically traditional, offering a large variety of Greek recipes.

Before lunch or dinner, enjoy a swim at the nearby beach, at no more than 50 m. away. The peaceful surrounding is ideal to unwind and truly relax.

There is also a lift and facilities for the Disabled. A free parking space is offered to all guests [no reservation in advance is required].

The hotel’s facilities include: reception area, lobby lounge, restaurant, bar, breakfast hall, TV lounge, safe deposit box, elevator and parking. Within walking distance you can also find: basketball court, volleyball court, football court, children playground, water sports, boutique, various shops, souvenir shops, hair salon and mini market.

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Ormos Marathokampos is found in the south-western side of Samos island, on the foot of the tall mountain Kerkis overlooking the deep blue Aegean sea. In distance of 30 km is found the islands airport and 40 km is the capital of Samos, Vathi.

Ormos Marathokampos allocates a small graphic traditional port embellished with traditional fish boats, where various excursion boats offers to visitors the opportunity to explore unspoilt beaches, small islets, the holy island of Patmos as well as the islands of Fournous and Ikaria. Moreover the visitor is able to travel in Turkey to visit the ancient city of Ephesus.
For those who love the exploration with rented car or motorbike, can visit various archaeological sites and other monuments.

In the paved beach of Ormos, are established restaurants, cafeterias, bar and various other spots of entertainment. In addition if the traveller wishes to spend nights with fun, there are a lot of spots for amusement that serve the visitor in very reasonable prices. Besides that, all small units of lodgings offer in accessible prices their rooms. One remarkable issue of the village is that during the nights the clubs don't use loud music, fact that allows the visitor, to enjoy the food, the coffee or his or drink, in accordance the peacefulness and the beauty of the landscape. After the afternoon the use of any kind of vehicle is prohibited in the coastal street of village.

Ormos Marathokampos is considered as the centre of the tourist region of Marathokampos municipality, where the visitor can escape for the everyday routine by enjoying the picturesque ness and the inalterable natural environment of a genuine traditional village.
Apart from the village's beach, in very short distance are found many famous beaches such as Velanidia, Votsalakia, Psili Ammos, Limniona and others. The green region is offered for walks, excursions to the various monasteries and small churces, in the cave of Pythagoras and for ascent on the taller mountain of island, Kerkis (1450 m altitude).

Ormos Marathokampos is an ideal destination for visitors who desire to spend without any interruptions their leisure time, far away from crowd tourist resorts (especially for families with small children).
Visit the unique fish-village and you will be charmed from the natural environment, the picturesque ness and the ultra-clean sea...

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Recommended Beaches

Psilli or Chrissi (Gold) Ammos in Marathokambos is one of the best beaches on the island, extending at 400 m. of gold sand, with shallow, warm and clear waters. The beach is of unique beauty, with its glittering waters and the pine trees reaching the sea. There are sunbeds and umbrellas. It can be easily approached, via the central road Marathokambos – Kallithea (51 kms southwest from Samos capital). There are a coffee shop and some restaurants in the area.

Following the same direction, one magnificent beach covers 3 kms with sand and pebbles. It is the organized beach of Votsalakia (or Kambos), which is sheltered by Marathokambos bay thus enjoying calm, crystal waters and peace, the main elements for a perfect swim! The beach can be reached via the central road Marathokambos – Kallithea (around 46 kms southwest from the capital), near Marathokambos village (4 kms).

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Samos Island

The Island
Τhe verdant island of Samos, in the Eastern Aegean, just 1.200 m. from Asia Minor coast, from which it is separated by a narrow – 1.650 m. – channel (Dar Bogaz), is a perfect combination of unspoilt nature, verdant mountains, perfect and clean beaches spreading at 140 km of coastline. It borders Chios on the northwest, Ikaria and Fournous islands on the west- southwest and the Dodekanese islands on the south (nearest are Agathonisi, Arkoi and Patmos).
The islands’ port of call is its capital Samos (or Vathy). Vathy, one of the biggest natural harbours in the Balkans, is an amphitheatrically built, picturesque town, with neoclassical buildings. It is the administrative centre of the island, hosting offices, banks and museums. While in town, you will see the Public Garden, Pythagoras’ square with the marble lion and the Byzantine Museum which is hosted in the Metropolitan Mansion. At close proximity, you can visit the monasteries of Aghia Zoni (1695 ) in Vlamari valley and of Zoodohos Pighi (1781), at 300 m., with a view to the channel separating Asia Minor/ Samos, Mykali mountain and Nea Efessos and Chios further north.
Karlovasi, the second larger city and second largest port of Samos, is the commercial centre on the west coast. From here, you can visit Prophet Ilias monastery (1739), the beautiful beach, Potami, the hot springs, the church of Metamorfosi (11th century) and the Small and Big Seitani, protected natural parks where monachus monachus seal lives. Majestic churches, neoclassical mansions and impressive tanneries that reveal the important role as a leather trade center, are the living proof of the 19th century growth, when Karlovasi was dealing with European countries as a leather manufacturer.

The nature
What makes Samos stand out among the other Greek islands is its unique beauty and lush vegetation. The two highest mountains are the rocky and steep Kerkis (at 1.443 m.), the highest peak in Samos and the second highest peak in the Aegean, dotted with caves (Kakoperato, Panaghia Sarantaskaliotissa, Panaghia Makrini, Panaretos Hole, Kandili, Pythagoras’ cave) and the verdant Ambelos (or Karvounis), at 1.160 m., named after the many vine plantations that existed here in the past. Kerkis area is included in the Natura 2000 project, for its rare flaura and fauna species that have been recorded.
Moreover, important wetlands on the island are the home of rare species of animals and birds. Of the most notable are Alyki, with 127 different species of birds, Mesokambos wetland, Glyfades lakes in Pythagorion, where migrating birds – herons, ducks and endemic species - nest, and Chora swamp.
Refreshing natural waterfalls of rare beauty form two small lakes which are ideal for swimming. You can trace them at Karlovasi, Potami area, following an easy path and 50 - 60 wooden steps to the biggest waterfall, at 5 m. height.

The sights (Journey through History)
Samos has a special and long history. The 478,2 sq. m. of land (44 kms long – 19 kms wide), boast amazing archaeological treasures and some of the most important monuments of antiquity.

You should also visit the important museums:

The beaches of unique beauty
The possibilities for swimming, relaxing and unwinding at perfectly clear waters are endless. The Environmental Dpt. Of Samos (tel. 22730 80423-4) can offer information on the clarity and quality of the waters in the different swimming areas of the island.
Each municipality is blessed with its own seaside diamonds. Pythagorion Municipality is famous for Potokaki (an organized beach awarded with a Blue Flag, with many facilities for sports and beach bars), Heraio (400 m. long beach with sand and pebbles, well organized with tavernas and bars), and Pythagorio (small pebbly beach with fairly deep waters). Marathokambos Municipality is known for Kambos and Chryssi Ammos, Vathy Municipality for the beaches Gagkou (200 m. pebbly beach, fairly organized with sunbeds and umbrellas), Kokkari (deep fine waters, but open to the strong northern winds), and Psilli Ammos (a long stretch of sand). Last but not least, the Municipality of Karlovassi has its own beach (with fine sand, quaint bays that offer seclusion), Potami (a pebbly beach surrounded with pine trees) and the Small and Big Seitani (two unspoilt beaches in a protected area, shelter for Monachus Monachus seals, with crystal clear waters but quite open to the northern winds).

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Useful Information

How to get there
By Boat
The island’s two main ports are Vathy and Karlovasi. There is daily connection with Ikaria, the Cyclades and Piraeus (Nissos Mykonos) to both ports, prices of approx. €54-€48 one way, depending on the category. There is also connection with North Aegean islands and the Dodekanese, once a week. From Samos you can take a daily transfer to Turkey/ Kusadasi, operated by 2 Greek and 2 Turkish boats.

By Air

Samos Airport is located 4 kms west of Pythagorio and the taxi transfer costs around €15.
There are daily flights (3 times/ day) from Athens International Airport “El. Venizelos”, (cost of tkt is €41-€102/ one way), weekly flights to Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Chios, Mytilini, Limnos and only during the high summer season daily charter flights (England, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Holland, Belgium, Swiss and Scandinavian countries).

Useful Phone Numbers (country code +30, area code 22730)

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Kerkis Bay Hotel
Ormos Marathokampos, 83102 Samos - Greece
t: +30 22730 37202,37373
f: +30 22730 37372

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