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Balos west of Pythagorion on Samos
Balos is a tiny village by the sea. There are a couple of tavernas and pensions, as well as a long pebble beach with seductive inviting waters. The beach is sheltered from northern winds and that is good because the pebbles are quite large and it would be difficult to get into the water if the waves are high.
The beach promenade in cozy Balos.
The pebble beach in Balos.
At the beginning of the beach there is a jetty from where you can jump or dive into the water. Here is also Taverna Akrogiali, which I think is one of Samos' best restaurants. I have eaten here many times, and I have never been disappointed. The taverna is located right by the sea and you hear the sound of lapping waves against the taverna. Here you can enjoy fresh fish, Greek home cooking, cold beer, silence and magnificent views. A major plus for the nice staff.
Taverna Akrogiali in Balos.
Greek salad at Taverna Akrogiali.
Fasolakia at Taverna Akrogiali.
Balos is one of my absolute favourite places on Samos. If I were going to write my memoirs on Samos, I had chosen to do that in Balos. But I do not think it will happen, for who would be interested in my memoirs?
But the conditions are perfect: peace and quiet, a beach, a lapping sea, a good taverna and a nice pension. And everything is within walking distance. What more do you need to write your memoirs? Well, that might be something to write about. :-)
If I were going to stay overnight in Balos, I would definitely have chosen Amfilissos Hotel »
The long beach of Balos. Taverna Akrogiali lies to the left.