Samothraki offers to the visitors a unique combination of natural beauty, history and culture. The natural landscape of the island includes dense forests, imposing mountains, impressive waterfalls and running water, and of course the crystal clear sea. The ancient history of the island begins approximately 4000 years ago. The destination can be proud of having in their territory small scale cultural landscape maintained in original state since 19th century and before. Chora, the capital of the island has been recognised as traditional village. Most of the restaurants serve/ use local products as well as local traditional dishes.
The destination has kept a traditional atmosphere and has protected its natural environment, as the island has not been affected by build-up projects and large touristic and entertainment facilities. The percentage of non – build up areas and coastal strip free from building is very high reaching ca. 95% and the municipality has strong policies to protect its natural landscapes. There are different opportunities for hiking and (mountain) biking in nature and for marine wildlife observation.
- 100% of bathing water got Excellent status according to EEA / EU Bathing Water Directive. Samothraki started also recycling programme and all beaches are free for access
- About 80% of the terrestrial nature areas are protected under Natura 2000
- Waste recycling started in 2011: collecting facilities for waste recycling are constructed and there is a transportation station that gathers them and sends them to the nearest factory in Alexandroupolis
- Chora, the capital of the island has been recognised by Presidential Act as traditional village. The renovation of “Chora” was completed in the last two years
Point for improvement:
- Further improvements are needed in applying saving water measures and measures to reduce environmental impacts of drinking and irrigation water