Picture yourself on a bike, riding alongside olive trees and vineyards. The only thing you hear is the wind, and…..???
”Baaa!” Right, the feta cheeses. So what do you say: you want to go for a ride? Good! Because I want to take you to Pappa Beach in the village Ireon, a 30-minute bike ride from Pythagorion on the south coast of Samos island. Alright, say 40 minutes. You’re going to want to take pictures along the way.
Pappa Beach – The Priest’s beach
Did you know that ”pappa” means priest in Greek? That’s right: no surprise then that the village priest owns the beach, along with his big Greek family, of course! Maria, his daughter, will probably serve you lunch (try the meatballs with tzatziki.) And if you’re lucky, you’ll also get to meet Maria’s charming son Nico. He studies in Athens, but helps out in the restaurant during the summers.
Not to mention Nico’s grandmother Evangelia – the priest’s wife. Have you ever wanted to adopt a Greek grandmother? You’ll want to after meeting Evangelia!
When you want to sit on a rock in crystal clear water and listen to your podcasts undisturbed
When you’re on vacation, you don’t necessarily want to plan your days. So, since you’ve enjoyed that slooow bike ride (and updated your Instagram story) on your way here, there’s a risk all sunbeds are taken when you finally arrive. But feel no stress! Just follow the path on the top of the cliff, and you’ll find a hidden gem – probably Pappa Beach’s most undisturbed location.
Pappa Beach is a very crowded, steep and rocky beach so, your core muscles won’t be vacationing. But who cares when it’s so calm and beautiful? In other words: it’s very couple friendly, but not optimal if you have small children. And service-minded as they are, you’re welcome to borrow water gear during your stay.
Did I hear a hallelujah? ?
Camera: Nikon D750
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