an island of the
northern Aegean, Samothraki is located opposite
the gulf of Saros. It is mostly mountainous; it is covered by
Mt Saros whose peak Fengari (moon) reaches an altitude of
1,600 metres, which is the highest peak on any island, Crete
and Euboea apart.
has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and fairly cool
coastline forms four capes: Akrotiri, Malathria or Megalo
Akrotiri, Angisto and Kipo.
was especially important in antiquity because of the Cabeirian
mysteries held in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. Today, near
Paleopoli where the famous Victory of Samothrace (Louvre
Museum) was found, one can see the ruins of the Sanctuary, the
Tholos of Arsinoe, the Arcade, the Temenos, the palace, the
or Hora is the capital of the island. It is a charming village
in the traditional style built in the island's interior.
picturesque villages, abundant physical beauty, forest coupled
with Mediterranean vegetation and running water, and the
virgin shores, compose a specially impressive landscape is the
"refuge" of many nature lovers.