A compact coastal town with a fascinating history, Ireon boasts all the spectacular scenery, great attractions and wonderful weather that you are looking for in a holiday to Greece in 2019 / 2020. Ireon is located on the south eastern side of the island of Samos and is a popular gateway for tourists wishing to explore this beautiful part of the world. Here you can while away your holiday perusing the town’s souvenir shops, enjoying family meals at local tavernas and basking in the warm sunshine on the beach. Whether you’re seeking a romantic couples’ holiday, a short break with friends or a summer holiday with the whole family, a holiday in Ireon won’t disappoint in terms of keeping everyone entertained. You can easily spend the whole time on the beach, or enjoy a week filled with action and adventure out on the sea, it’s completely up to you. Either way you’re bound to return from Ireon with wonderful memories of your time here. Perhaps a holiday in Ireon in 2019 / 2020 is what you need.
Ireon's natural landscape is its biggest attraction, and in order to fully appreciate it, exploring foot is your best bet. Stroll around at your leisure and take in the town’s sights and before long you’ll feel immersed in the relaxed Greek lifestyle. Along the coastline, you’ll discover a variety of tranquil coves and secluded spots to explore. Then, if you’re feeling up to a particularly long walk, head to Potokaki, one of the most popular beaches in the Samos region, and the proud recipient of a European Blue Flag award. Here you’ll find plenty of sun loungers and places to buy refreshments, as well as a wide variety of water sports available at the hotels lining the beach.
Ireon itself is home to one of the most archaeologically and culturally important sites in all of Greece, the UNESCO protected Temple of Hera. Make sure to save some time for a day trip and learn all about the area’s history.
Ireon’s beautiful blue waters and lush greenery make the ideal setting for a meal out to remember. Here, as in the rest of Greece, the concept of good food is built on the principles of freshness, locally sourced produce and simplicity, highlighting the natural flavours of the ingredients. Classic Greek dishes include taramasalata, or fish roe, which is one of the pillars of Greek cuisine. You’ll frequently see taramasalata on the menu, as well as tzatziki (yoghurt, garlic and cucumber), and fava (a puree made form split peas). Other Greek staples include olives and high quality olive oil, which is liberally drizzled over salads and bread, dolmades, or stuffed vine leaves, and moussaka. You’re very unlikely to go home hungry after a holiday in Ireon.
As a quiet coastal town, Ireon is a great place for families with children of all ages. The pleasantly warm weather and tranquil ambience make Ireon an ideal holiday destination for relaxing and forgetting the bustle of everyday life. Here you will be able to reconnect with your family and spend plenty of quality time together. The town’s restaurants are geared towards meals with family and friends, with some of the restaurants offering kids’ menus to satisfy the fussiest holidaymakers. Ireon is also a great choice of Greek holiday destination for families that enjoy learning about other cultures; the UNESCO site of the Temple of Hera provides a fascinating day trip for everyone. A holiday in Ireon this year is bound to leave the whole family with some amazing memories that will last forever.
Action & Adventure
Ireon is an ideal holiday destination for those who want to stay active on holiday. As in all of Samos, walking is a huge part of life here and is the best way of enjoying the beautiful landscape. During the summer period, you’ll find that the surrounding nature walks are lined with stunning wild jasmine. The most active of holidaymakers may want to head to Mount Ampelos or Mount Kerkis, both of which offer some challenging hiking trails.
If you’re looking for more adrenaline-pumping activities, head to Kokkari. It’s wide bay makes for perfect windsurfing conditions, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned windsurfer. Here the ‘Meltemi wind’ creates the ideal conditions for cruising the waves, while the surrounding mountains generate strong thermal currents. This region is perfect for all ability levels; the more experienced can head further out to sea to find stronger winds and choppier waters for a more thrilling experience.
While Ireon has a few small pebble beaches with beachside tavernas and cafes, you’ll need to travel a short distance to reach the most popular beaches in Samos. Votsalakia beach boasts 3 kilometres of golden sands mixed with pebbles and is surrounded by crystal clear waters. Votsalakia is ideal for families, with plenty of sun loungers on offer and tamarisk trees providing shade from the hot Greek sun. When the sun goes down on Votsalakia you’ll be amazed by gorgeous views over the Aegean Sea.
One of the best sandy beaches in the area is Megalo Seitani, a large sandy beach situated about 6 kilometres west of Karlovasi. While it is undoubtedly one of the prettiest beaches in the area with beautifully soft golden sands, its isolated location requires visitors to bring their own supplies for the day with them.
For those seeking a more tranquil beach experience, try Kampos Beach; it’s a slightly larger beach with cooler water. While it lacks the organisation of some of the better-known beaches in Samos, it allows for a truly unspoilt atmosphere.
The nightlife in Ireon is geared towards quiet nights out with family and friends, great food and good conversation. There are a few restaurants to spend the evenings in, with the town generally leaving the more vibrant nightlife to neighbouring resorts such as Pythagorion. For the best bars and clubs in the area you’ll want to head there, or to the towns of Vathy and Karlovassi to seek out the wide range of tavernas, cafes, bars and bouzoukia (clubs that play traditional Greek music live), and popular Euro-disco style nightclubs. Some of the best night clubs in Samos include Pythagorion’s Corner Bar, Gregory’s Bar and the Blue Boat Cocktail Bar, which cater to both locals and tourists with dance music and affordable drinks. There are also a number of more traditional bars in Samos including the Alfa Café Bar in Samos Town, La Costa in Kokkari and the Heaven Bar in Votsalakia.
Ireon’s serene ambience and laid-back way of life make it the perfect choice for a peaceful holiday with your significant other. While some may feel that Ireon lacks the range of attractions or things to do of some of the better-known Greek resorts, this is a huge plus for many couples who prefer a more relaxed holiday experience. Ireon’s natural beauty entices you out of the hotel and onto long walking trails which lead you around the area’s most scenic parts. Spend the day exploring the pebbled beaches and lounging in the sun. Ireon also makes a great base from which to explore the rest of Samos, with other popular beaches nearby. If you’d prefer to learn more about the rich heritage of Samos, head to the Heraoin of Samos, an iconic attraction which is said to have been built in honour of the wrathful goddess of marriage, Hera.
Ireon is a place of rich cultural and historic significance. It is the proud home of the UNESCO-protected heritage site of the Temple of Hera, and Sarakini’ Tower, a tall defensive tower constructed back in the 16th century by the Ottomans. If you want to really get under the skin of the area, then a visit to the temple is a necessity. For a more modern taste of Samos culture, consider visiting the island in August. Each year, it hosts a large three-day music festival, with popular international DJs playing everything from reggae to rap and Euro pop in the long summer evenings. What better way to enjoy great music than under the warm Greek sun?
The every day culture in Ireon culture is traditionally Greek, with a laid-back atmosphere and love for the simple pleasures in life: eating, drinking and socialising. During any holiday to Ireon you’ll naturally soak up the Greek way of life and end of not wanting to come home. Once you’ve begun your holiday, you’ll immediately see why holiday makers keep coming back to this little pocket of paradise every year. Its stunning landscape covered in lush green forests, olive gloves, rolling vineyards melting into glittering blue waters are bound to impress and leave you with holiday memories to treasure forever.