These are the two largest towns on Samos. Samos is the largest town and main port with a deep natural harbor. You can see it below. I ate a nice lunch of mixed grill fish and eggplant salad at the Garden restaurant that was in the Lonely Planet guidebook. This was the only time I ate at a guidebook place. You can see pictures of it below. I sailed from Samos town to Kusdari Turkey to see Ephesus on the smaller ferry seen below.
Karlovasi has the university and so has a more student orientation. It is also embedded in the more mountainous western part of the island. I spent much more time here as George Mattea and his friends live in this area. I walked around the old town there with George and his girl friend Mytro. Myrto said they build the old town up on the hillside out of sight of the sea so pirates could not see them. The pirates were mostly from Egypt. When a pirate ship was sighted the watches who light fires on the hilltops and then others would do the same warning the villages. The era of the pirates was about 1600 – 1800. We walked from the old town down to the port and had coffee at the port. The flag was at half mast because it was Good Friday.