Samos is also noted for its native flora while flamingos have been using the island as a stopover for many years.
On the hillside behind stand squadrons of hotels and apartment blocks, with the huge Gagou Beach Hotel complex dominating.
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has claimed capitalism is coming to an end because it is making itself obsolete.
The former economics professor told an audience at University College London that the rise of giant technology corporations and artificial intelligence will cause the current economic system to undermine itself.
Pastel houses and weathered red tile roofs tier down hillside to a long and deep waterfront promenade.
A provincial town of some 6,000 people, Samos has surprising little to offer the tourist, given its size.