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Kambos and Votsalkia make up a long strip of sand and stone west of Ormos Marathokambos on Samos. It is a good hour's drive from Pythagorio over the mountains and through the blackened tree stubs of a forest fire that swept Samos a few years ago. The route twists and turns before snaking down out of the mountains offering splendid views along the whole coast. Kambos, at the eastern end of the beach, is more main road than village. The road stretches for about 3km kilometres along the shoreline, with holiday studios scattered between semi derelict plots. Parallel to the road is a long, deep beach of fine sand and large stones. The sea is reasonably shallow, though a shelf of stone sits along shoreline giving way to sand about five metres out. By then the sea is about a metre deep. The mountains give a dramatic backdrop to what is essentially a flat and featureless beach. The odd taverna puts sunbeds out and there is shade among the tamarisk trees. Chesters' Taverna offers the best facilities but, being Canadian-owned, the menus tend to the burger end of the market. Taverna Leonidas and Renas are also worth a visit. At the eastern end it merges with Votsalakia, which has a bit better claim to being a village. Here, taxis line up under the trees and, if you venture along the coast, they will pick you up at an arranged time.

Kambos beach
The beach west beach near Votsalakia village. Behind the beach are several tavernas,
a minimarket and cash point
Kambos beach
The beach looking west towards Votsalakia with the dramatic mountains behind
Kambos beach
A view from the main road that runs behind the beach
Kambos beach bar
Chesters' beach bar is in the centre of Kambos and is Canadian/Greek run
Kambos beach
The beach looking east towards Ormos Marathokambos
Kambos taverna
A roadside taverna nestles under the trees
Kambos hillside
A dramatic backdrop of hills rise up behind the beach
Kambos road
The road heading east out of Kambos and towards Ormos Marathokambos
Kambos road
The road west eventually merges with Votsalakia village
Kambos road
The long road runs past scattered studios and tavernas