Kavirian mysticism in Samothrace
On the most northeastern part of the Aegean, 30 nautical miles from Ale/polis, the imposing granite massif of the island of Samothrace rises. The island of the ancient Greek god Aeolos, this is a place of crystal clear waters, contrasts, mystery and suggestion.
The overwhelming atmosphere and mystical elegance of the island in combination with the history, tradition and natural beauty can make even the most cold-blooded visitor lose their cool. A pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Great Gods can make you feel the sense of natural sanctity of the place as you marvel at the Sanctuary, the Arsinoio, and the Niki fountain where the statue of the celebrated Niki of Samothrace dominates and today adorns the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Build amphitheatrically in the mountains, the traditional Chora, charms visitors with the picturesque stone-paved narrow streets, the little traditional cafes, the squares and the bakeries with the fresh bread kneaded 7 times in the traditional fashion. The Folklore museum is a treat, and walking through the stone houses with the climbing vines and the flowers on the balconies is a hugely enjoyable experience.
As far as the flora of the island is concerned, visitors can enjoy the wilderness of dense vegetation ranging from oaks, maples, cedars, chestnuts, arbutus and endless plane trees that reach all the way to the sea.
Countless streams, big and small, create waterfalls and lagoons (small lakes), where you can take a dip if you dare, because the water is undoubtedly crystal clear but nevertheless freezing cold.
Hiking up to Feggari, the island’s highest peak, is a task that can be tackled by anyone willing to overtake it, not just the experienced climber. Other excellent hiking spots include Sfentami (a mountainous thermal spring), Katharia (the biggest mountain plain of the island), Karia and Trachilati (two locations of breath-taking landscape).
A snorkel is enough to explore the lush sea bed in these pristine waters but if fishing is your thing there are plenty of leeward places that Aeolos-the wind god- has reserved for fishermen in this wind-swept island.
Samothrace’s magic lies on a spectacular granite mass between earth and sky, emerges from surging waters and bounces off every marble fragment in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.