Samiopoula


Samiopoula

Infobox Greek Isles
name = Samiopoula
native_name = Σαμιοπούλα
skyline = samiopoula island.jpg
sky_caption = Samiopoula as seen from mount Bournias on the south of Samos island


coordinates = coord|37|37|N|26|47|E
chain = North Aegean
isles =
area =
highest_mount =
elevation =
periph = North Aegean
prefect = Samos Prefecture
capital =
population = 5
pop_as_of = 2001
postal = 931 xx
telephone = 227x0
license = MO
website =

Samiopoula ( _el. Σαμιοπούλα) is a Greek islet located on the south of Samos Island and at a distance of convert|.85|km|nmi|2|abbr=on. It is under the authority of the Prefecture of Samos and the local jurisdiction of the municipality of Pythagoreio. The 2001 census reported a population of five inhabitants. The name Samiopoula is a derivative of Samos (in Greek Σάμος) and literally means "small Samos".

Geography

The islet measures approximately convert|2.15|km|mi|2|abbr=on in length and convert|.7|km|mi|2|abbr=on in width. There are few buildings on Samiopoula, mainly the small parish churches of Agia Pelagia (in Greek Αγία Πελαγία) and of the Ascension of Christ (in Greek: Αναλήψεως του Σωτήρος), a small tavern and few small houses and shelters. Electricity and telephone services are provided via underwater cables from nearby Samos. Photovoltaic systems provide some alternative electrical power. There are few cisterns on the island and rainwater is conserved throughout winter. Most of the terrain is rocky with very few trees and several species of wild bushes, shrubs and wildflowers. Wild goats out-number the few inhabitants by far, even when visitors and tourists storm the little island during the summer season. The islet is easily accessible during the tourist season via daily excursions from the ports of Pythagorion and Ormos Marathokampou. Τhe only beach on the island, Psalida (in Greek Ψαλίδα), is quite small and may be crowded during peak summer season though it offers uniquely beautiful white sands and turquoise waters. Sailing boats typically approach the islet through the small bay of Katsakas (in Greek Κατσακάς) which is sheltered by the prevailing north-westerly winds.

References

External links

* [http://www.samosin.gr/imagesJtS/Photos/PhotoOldSamosMap.jpgMap of Samos Showing Samiopoula] Choiseul Gouffier,"Voyage pittoresque de la Grece, 1782, vol I"
* [http://www.pythagorion.net/ Official website of Municipality of Pythagoreio] el icon


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