Karlovassi is a small town of 6,000 inhabitants, located 35 kilometers from Vathy, the capital of Samos island. The town is divided in three parts: the old town (at the port), the middle town, and the new town. Elegant mansions and beautiful 19th century buildings of neoclassical architecture can be seen along the streets of the old and middle town. Deserted tanneries, some of them renovated, still stand today as remnants of the time when commerce and trade flourished in Karlovassi. Some of them were still operating as recently as 30 years ago.
The town’s residents are engaged in various forms of commerce, agriculture, fishing and tourism. Samos is famous for its varieties of wine, especially its sweet wine that is exported to many European countries. Karlovassi also produces olive oil and orchids.
The natural beauty characterizes our town. The beaches, the blue, clear waters of the Aegean Sea, the greenery and nearby mountains combined with the small and picturesque villages attract many tourists. Samos popularity as a family vacation destination is validated by the summer airline connections to European countries resulting in Samos achieving a significant market share of Greek tourism trade.