amos is full of scents of pines, firs and aromatic herbs, which are scattered around for you to enjoy. Nearby is the fishing village of Ormos which is full of traditional taverns, beach bars and cafes. Ledra Samos is 50 minutes away from the airport and 25 minutes from Karlovasi, the port of the island. The wider area has many beaches, organized and not. One of the most famous is Psili Ammos at a distance of 2 km west. In additional, at a distance of 5.5 km you will find the picturesque beach of Limnionas. If you come for vacation in Samos you will discover many more beautiful landscapes and places. The area is suitable for hiking and mountain biking. Recently, all the paths to Kerkis mountain and the route Drakei - Seitania - Karlovasi River have been mapped. Information on the Samos Hikes network.
The tunnel is 1036 m. long. The average dimensions are 1,80 m high and 1,80 m wide. Furthermore, in some parts the height is as low as 1,50 m. and width is as narrow as 0,42 m. The rocky, uneven floor is wet and slippery in some areas. Also, from the ceiling is dripping water in some parts. The temperature is 16,5 – 16,7°C & the humidity is 85 – 97%. Therefore overweight people, visitors suffering from claustrophobia, panic attacks, lumbago, cardiac or respiratory problems, spinal diseases, musculoskeletal disorders causing moving difficulties are strongly advised not to enter.
Just 3 kilometers away of Karlovasi, in “Potami” (“River”) area, the famous natural waterfalls of Samos are located. The waterfalls have an outstanding natural beauty and form two small lakes, ideal for those enjoying swimming in cold, almost icy, waters. In order to visit and admire the waterfalls, you have to drive all the way to Potami and then walk an additional distance (1,5 km long), passing by the Church of the Transfiguration (the oldest church of the island, which dates back to the 11th century). The walk by the river is amazing.
The monastery’s priceless relic is the old miraculous icon of Panagia Spiliani (The Blessed Virgin Mary of the Cave), which has undergone many damaged, thus it is cracked. According to the local tradition, the cracking is due to the efforts made by some foreigners to steal and transfer the icon, in their place, by ship. Locals say that the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, wishing to remain in Samos, split and sank in the sea. It was later found on the beach and it was returned in the Church. This is why the icon is also known with the name “Kaliarmenissa”, since the icon sailed back to the island by itself.
To the west you can see the steep peaks of Mountain Kerketeas. The Monastery dependency is located southwest of Kosmadeoi village at an altitude of 650 meters, inside a ravine that leads to Seitani. It consists of a small chapel dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (the Life Giving Spring), and a two-storey building with cells. It is an ideal place for isolation and godly ascetic exercise and prayer. In a 15 minutes walking distance (some 500 meters), through a narrow path, is located the famous Kakoperatos Cave, where, in the past, use to live hermits, who had built a small chapel called Kakoperatianis or Pera Panagia.
Tarsanas at Agios Isidoros
Tarsanas means small shipyards and shipbuilding plants which usually hauled small boats and fishing boats for cleaning and storage. The old traditional tarsanas at Agios Isidoros in the past constituted of several independent units for building and repairing vessels, but today there is only one person working there. He is named Psilopatis and is famous for his skills in the entire island The shipyard is situated some 5 kilometres far from Kallithea the visitor may also access the place from Drakaeoi, but you should bear in mind you will drive on a dirt the last 4 kilometres on a dirt road.