Samos is a large island that has something for everyone: from large beach resorts to rustic villages, forests and interesting sightseeing. As Samos is an island with a long history, there are many sights that date from ancient times, such as the Sanctuary of Heraion and the Tunnel of Eupalinus. A very interesting sight to visit in Samos is also the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, located above Pythagorion. Apart from swimming in fantastic beaches and strolling around villages, Samos is a great place for hiking. Many hiking paths cross the green forests in the center of the island, leading to waterfalls and secluded coves.
The Monastery of Prophet Elias lies in western Samos at an altitude of 210 meters, 3 km to the southeast of Karlovasi. The church of the monastery, built in 1739 by the monk Grigorios, replaced a small chapel and few chambers that existed earlier on that site.
The Monastery has some beautiful wall paintings, many ecclesiastical utensils and a wooden carved icon-screen. If you are a trekker, have in mind that there is a moderate trekking path that leads to the Monastery.
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