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
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-,
, of the largest and most organized, in 2 kms of sand and pebbles.
It is fully organized, with cafeterias, stores, mini markets and travel
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
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.