The capital of Samos is called Samos or Vathy and is located on the north eastern part of the island, around the bay. It has a population of about 9000 inhabitants, most of whom are engaged in tourism.
Vathy is built amphitheatrically on the hill slopes, overlooking the town of Samos, two settlements which are actually connected. It is one of the oldest villages of Samos displaying some old Venetian and neoclassic buildings as well as modern ones. The enchanting landscape where houses are built creates an attractive scenery.
On the other hand, Samos town is a lively place, extremely developed with many facilities, accommodations, bars and restaurants. It is the home of many neoclassical buildings that represent the traditional architecture of Samos. Some of them house the Archaeological Museum and Town Hall. The port of Vathy is one of the three main ports of the island.
Seaside taverns and cafes lie around the port and narrow streets wind uphill between the old houses with the coloured walls and well-cared gardens. Among the sightseeings of Vathy is the church of Agios Spyridon, the Byzantine Museum and the exceptional Archaeological Museum.