Kalidon Panorama is nested in a peaceful pine-clad hillside of Kokkari village. It’s only 1km away from the village center, 500m from Lemonakia beach and close to Tsamadou beach.
Samos port is just a 10km distance from the hotel, while the airport is located 27km away.
The picturesque village of Kokkari is located in the northern coast of Samos island, 10km away from the city of Samos. Kokkari was built in the beginning of the 19th century as a seaport of the village of Mytilinii. According to the Samian scholar Epaminondas Stamatiadis its name was derived from the onion bulb “kokkari” which was extensively cultivated in the region. It has a permanent population of around 1.000 inhabitants.
Famous for its well-preserved old houses, the small harbor and the pristine beaches (Tsamadou, Lemonakia and Tsambos) that surround it, Kokkari is one of the most developed areas on the island. One of the major attractions of the village is the triple-aisled, domed basilica church of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas), which is the largest Christian temple in Samos and one of the largest in the Aegean.
The island of Hera and Pythagoras
Samos is an island ruled by legend and beauty. It is the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus. It is the home of Hera and the land that hosted Herodotus and Aesop. An important center of trade in the Aegean and a major naval force in antiquity, it came into contact with important Mediterranean cultures.
It is no accident that the great historian Herodotus considered Samos first among all Greek and barbarian cities. Centre of the Ionian civilization, the island saw times of indescribable splendour, which still remains. Even today, its proximity to the coast of Asia Minor makes the island a ‘bridge’ between the two cultures, a difference that did not hinder the co-existence, cooperation and friendship of the two peoples living across the water from each other.
The mythical birthplace of Hera, Samos is home to the largest temple in Greece (according to Herodotus) at the seaside settlement of Heraion, dedicated exclusively to the goddess of marriage and women. Of its 155 gigantic columns, only one still stands and is indicative of the scale of this place of religious worship that includes ruins of at least three earlier temples.
A genuine engineering achievement, the Eupalinian Tunnel was part of the water supply system of ancient Samos. It was a tunnel 1.036m long that cut through mountain Castro and brought spring water to the city. The tunnel was built over a period of about 10 years (ca. 550BC) by the engineer Eupalinos. The amazing thing was that the opening of the tunnel began simultaneously on both sides of the mountain, and the two crews of stone masons met with almost no deviation from a straight line, thanks to the clever calculations of Eupalinos.