Samothraki sits alone in the northeastern Aegean, halfway between the mainland port ofAlexandroupoli and Limnos. This lush, forested island boasts one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece: the ancient Thracian Sanctuary of the Great Gods. Also here stands the Aegean’s loftiest peak, Mt Fengari (1611m), from where Homer recounts that Poseidon, god of the sea, watched the Trojan War unfold.
Another important aspect of this island is that here was the place of gathering of a very important spiritual mystery. The Cavirian Mysteries (similar to the Elefsinian Mysteries). In these mysteries people who were ready would be initiated into the esoteric path from the priests and mystics.
Samothraki’s mountainous interior, filled with massive gnarled oak and plane trees, is ideal for hiking and mountain biking, and the island’s waterfalls, plunging into deep, glassy pools, provide cool relief on hot summer days. Remote southeastern beaches are pristine, while the north offers hot baths at Loutra (Therma). Inland from the main fishing port of sleepy Kamariotissa lies the former capital, Hora, bursting with flowers and handsome homes, all overlooking the distant sea.
The island’s remoteness means that it’s often forgotten by island hoppers, but devotees of ancient archaeology, unique cuisine and superb hiking will find it worth the effort to get here!!