Vourliotes is at 300m above sea level and its one of the largest and most beautiful villages of the island. It is also one of the oldest villages of Samos, dating in the late 16th century. Its magnificent houses and shops show the village’s heyday over past decades. Stroll through its squares and neighborhoods; visit the wonderful churches of Agios Ioannis and of Kimisis tis Theotokou; enjoy your café or desserts; and, if you stay for lunch, don’t miss the chance to taste “revithokeftaes”, a kind of “meat” balls made of chick-peas. The villagers are particularly friendly.
If we go up the mountain, we discover the Monastery of Panagia Vrontiani, an important pilgrimage for Samians.
Moving on to the mountain, we can head either towards, and Mytilinii village, or to the peak of mount Ampelos, the chapel of the Profitis (=oracle, prophet) Elias, or even to Manolates village.
- This is where most hiking trails begin, heading mainly to Mytilinii, Vourliotes and the Peak of Karvounis Mountain.
- You can also walk towards Lemonakia and Tsamadou beaches or Kokkari.
- With a specialized guide you can explore the mountain and find the ruins of the castles Lazarus and Louloudas.
- From Vourliotes there is an earthen path to Manolates, and the peak of Karvounis