Samos is a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea, not far from the coast of Turkey. Birthplace of Pythagoras, and having been inhabited for over 5000 years, Samos has a rich history and many unique sites worth visiting. You can tour the historical areas, as well as the stunning beaches and forests with your rental car, and explore this island paradise for yourself at your own pace. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Samos is both easy and economical.
Samos City is the main town on the island, located at the end of the Gulf of Vathi in the northeast, and is relatively young, having only seen growth in the past two centuries. Before this, the majority of island residents lived inland and up in the mountains to avoid becoming targets for pirate attacks that were a regular occurrence. Most of the roads on the island lead to Samos, so it is the perfect point for setting off to tour the area with your hire car. Before leaving the city though, be sure to check out the Archaeological Museum, which houses great collections of artefacts and historical items uncovered on the island.
A short drive from Samos City in your rental car you can visit a unique site, which is regarded as an engineering masterpiece and is still an impressive feat to this day. The Tunnel of Eupalinos, dating back to the 6th century BC, is a 1km long tunnel dug through Mount Kastro to supply fresh water to the town on the other side of the mountain. The tunnel was simultaneously dug from both ends and met perfectly in the middle, an amazing achievement without the use of modern construction methods.
An island with many hidden surprises, Samos is the perfect destination to explore with your rental car and discover the many treasures it has to offer. Southwest of Samos City you can visit the ancient ruins of Heraion, which was once a massive temple, and if you drive into the mountains you can visit several monasteries, including Evangelista on Mount Kerkis, the oldest church on the island, dating back to the 10th century.
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