Top 10 Things to do in Karlovasi, Greece

March 24, 2018 Karren Gelb

Karlovasi (Greek: Καρλόβασι) is a town and a former municipality on the island of Samos, North Aegean, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Samos, of which it is a municipal unit. It is located on the northwest side of the island. According to the 2011 census, the population of the municipal unit was 9,855 inhabitants. Its land area is 100.330 km². The municipal unit shares the island of Samos with the municipal units of Vathy, Pythagoreio, and Marathokampos.
Restaurants in Karlovasi

1. Potami Waterfalls

Karlovasi, Greece
Excellent
56%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

Potami Waterfalls

Reviewed By sunbird25 - sussex england

I can only say be well prepared- and consider whether or not you really want to visit the falls.
To reach them there is a pleasant enough Woodland walk featuring Rustic( extremely basic-barely skeletal) Bridges. This takes you past abandoned church which is worth a look.
Once you reach the pool you must walk through a narrow gap in the rocks to reach the base of the waterfall and to do this you need to wear proper swim shoes, also be prepared to leave your belongings behind, and be aware the water is icy!!
From the bottom pool you can apparently climb up the 7 levels of the waterfall to the top using some dodgy knotted ropes and clinging on for dear life! Why you would do this is beyond me, it is dangerous and fool hardy, and how no one has been seriously injured so far is amazing!!
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Next to the pool is a potentially lethal set of rustic (i.e rickety unsafe unmade) wooden steps leading up to the waterfall and a taverna- BUT be warned- its not for the faint hearted! in places there are no steps at all- or the gaps between are very high, the handrails are simply cobbled together bits of old fragile tree branches and the whole thing is in danger of imminent collapse. I cannot stress how fragile and rickety the whole construction is.
Someone wrote on here that they took their small child up these steps- madness!
IT is not advisable that you try this ascent in anything less than trainers or walking sandals/shoes, if you are scared of heights are physically unfit or infirm or have young children.
If you reach the top it is a further 30 minute plus walk down narrow treacherous and slippery paths too find the head of the waterfall.
There is a Taverna at the top of the rickety steps and the views, I will admit, are lovely
. You must retrace your steps down the stairs OR try to find a route from the taverna back to the road - it takes about 40 mins to an hour I believe.
One for the adrenalin junkies I think

2. Potami Beach

Karlovasi, Greece
Excellent
49%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Potami Beach

An amazing pebble beach with a river running into the sea. Walk through the woodland path to swim in the waterfall. Then have lunch at Hippys a restaurant on the beach under the trees, great food, inexpensive in a beautiful atmosphere.

Reviewed By Lucyasqt

Visited Potami beach on Samos and went to Hippies taverna. Good service. Incredibly busy and mainly full of Convivial Greek families. When we sat down we were informed that the table was reserved but they immediately found us a place. Delicious local white wine and great food. Perfect for a relaxed informal lunch. The restaurant is situated at the back of the beach and is pretty, shaded and cool.
Potami beach is in North Samos and the nearest beach to Karlovassi town. Sun loungers for hire with umbrellas as well as various double beds on the beach near the main bar where there were also chairs and sofas to sit on. Very chilled vibe. This is not a tourist beach. Whilst there were a few tourists the majority were Greeks. Beautiful beach with a nice breeze. Reminiscent of a Devon beach. Plenty of room. Not all the beach had loungers and possible to get away from the sun loungers and find some shade under trees or bring your own shade/chair

3. Mikro Seitani

Karlovasi, Greece
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Mikro Seitani

Reviewed By LN1946 - Oksboel, Denmark

Mikro Seitani is a lttle idyllic beach on the northcoast west of Karlovasi.
The accessibility isn't easy.
But if you get there, you will find a beautiful beach.
Obs: The beach is open to the sea, and when the wind comes from north, there will be days with big waves.

4. Megalo Seitani

Karlovasi, Greece
Excellent
73%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Megalo Seitani

Reviewed By marcopolo111 - Cleveland, Oh

For Samos this is as good as it gets. Beautiful, secluded, white sand and white pebble, azure water, framed by green Mountains. It is not easy to reach and this is the reason that it is not crowded. You need to drive to Karlovasi, then Potami beach and then another mile to a parking. From there you will have to walk on a well marked trail with some descent/ascent for 30 min to Mikro Seitani and then another 30 min. But it is worth it. There is nothing commercial there, so bring water and food. There is same shade from trees.

5. Cafe Del Mundo

Kanari Road | Potami, Karlovasi, Greece +30 2273 035801
Excellent
75%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Cafe Del Mundo

Reviewed By Elliot D - County Durham, United Kingdom

This is by far the best bar/restaurant in Samos. Perfect for a lunchtime stop with incredible snacks and pittas - try the halloumi! The australian owner is so kind and such great chef. Drinks wise, an incredible selection of drinks on offer and the night time vibe is perfect. The decor is beautiful and just well worth a visit.

6. The Metamorphosis Church & ruins of the Venetian Castle

Potami area of Karlovasi, Karlovasi 832 00, Greece
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

The Metamorphosis Church & ruins of the Venetian Castle

Reviewed By ESK71 - Krakow, Poland

I went to the church with my kids by foot while going to Potami Waterfalls. The church is located very close to the main road, accessible for everyone. The interior is very interesting, yo can see ancient columns together with byzantine art pieces. For me that is a hidden masterpiece, full of little treasures and very special atmosphere.

Karlovasi 83100, Greece +30 698 561 1998
Excellent
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5 based on 12 reviews

Navagos Beach Bar

Reviewed By sunnirini

A beautiful beach at an organised beach bar. Very comfortable, good service for drinks and food, good prices, happenings. But if you want a quiet, natural place it's certainly not for you.

8. Karlovasi Tannery Museum

Pythagoras Street, Karlovasi 832 00, Greece
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Karlovasi Tannery Museum

The unique Tannery Museum, housed in the newly-renovated Talampekos-Sinadinos leather factory, opened its doors to the public in 2009. The building dates back to the start of the 20th century. Today, this building is owned by the Aegean University but granted to the local municipality to accommodate the museum.The hide splitting machine is a piece of equipment found on site but the other exhibits have been donated.Between 1880-1930, leather production & trading was a growing industry. In Karlovasi, 50 local businesses flourished. Today, only remnants of these structures exist along the coastal road in and around the Riva area.

Reviewed By AnemaGuestHouse - Karlovasi, Greece

The unique Tannery Museum, housed in the newly-renovated Talampekos-Sinadinos leather factory, opened its doors to the public in 2009. The building dates back to the start of the 20th century. Today, this building is owned by the Aegean University but granted to the local municipality to accommodate the museum.
The hide splitting machine is a piece of equipment found on site but the other exhibits have been donated.
Between 1880-1930, leather production & trading was a growing industry. In Karlovasi, 50 local businesses flourished. Today, only remnants of these structures exist along the coastal road in and around the Riva area.

9. Agios Nikolaos Church

Karlovasi 832 00, Greece
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Agios Nikolaos Church

Reviewed By carlosjulio1968 - Fairview Park, Ohio

Each town has at least three churches, monasteries or chapels, four in Plátanos a 300 people mountain town. In the port of Karlovasi Agios Nikolaos is the bigger. Modern architecture and impressive Icons

10. Vakakis Winery

Megali Lakka, Karlovasi 83200, Greece +30 694 494 1118
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Vakakis Winery

Our cultivation varieties are all Greek and preferably of the Aegean variety. White varieties include the Samos Muscat and the Asyrtic. The red varieties are the Phokiano, the Augustiatis and the Black Muscat of Samos. The company’s museum is housed in a traditional building built in 1920 and takes up 90sq metres. It was totally renovated in 2005 without changing its original form.

Reviewed By Belgo96 - Australia

We stopped here as a final stop on an island tour and it was probably the highlight of the tour. I am sure if you looked them up you could visit privately with a car. They have an English version of their webpage if you...MoreThank you very much. Your comment is very motivating! We hope to see you again to our winery! Have a nice day :)

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