Samothraki – Ruggedly Spectacular

The forgotten jewel of the North, Samothraki sits forlorn in the most north-eastern corner of the Aegean. Accessible only by the mainland port of Alexandropoulos, Samothraki is an antonym to the touristic-chaos of the southern Greek islands. The relatively untouched island boasts some of the most significant archaeological sites in all of Greece.

The landscape is a stark contrast to the arid landscape of the Cyclades—making it the perfect refuge for nature-lovers seeking a unique Greek island experience. Characterised by its expansive greenlands, waterfalls, plunge pools and natural rock structures, Samothraki is renowned for its hiking and mountain climbing. Mt. Fanari offers a plethora of hiking trails that lead to some of the islands most remarkable villages, creeks, waterfalls, and a unique view of the Aegean Sea.

Situated 6km northeast of Kamariotissa, the Sanctuary of the Great Gods is one of Greece’s most revered and mysterious archaeological sites. Built by the Thracians in 1000 BC, the site is famous for the secret rituals and sacrifices that were carried out by the cult. The Archaeological museum at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods provides an overarching look at the sacred site.

Evacuations during the 1700 and 1800s resulted in the discovery, and subsequent looting, of the islands most prominent attraction—the Winged Victory of Samothrace statue. The goddess of Victory is the inspiration behind the hood ornament for Rolls Royce and name of the largest sports manufacturer in the world—Nike. Today, a plaster cast stands in place of the stolen statue that now resides in the Louvre.