Marathokambos (meaning “the fields of fennel” in Greek) is a small traditional town arranged on the mountainside and facing the sea and the homonymous bay at the southern coast of the island.
The town is situated at a distance of some 42 kilometers southwestern to the capital town of Samos, 3 kilometers far from the sea at the North and of Ormos Marathokambou, which serves as the port of the town. In the past it was situated lower, at a plain full of fennels, to which it seems to owe its name; however, the residents had soon moved higher for safety reasons, so that the settlement would be better protected.
According to another suggestion, the town has been named after its first settlers who had come from Marathonissi in southern Peloponnese that is to say from the area of Gytheion. In fact Marathokambos was settled by people who came not only from Peloponnese, but also from Chios, Crete and other places, mainly from the islands.
The village is mentioned as early as in the 17th century. Today it counts some 1700 permanent residents living on agriculture, mainly on the cultivation of olive trees, whereas recently they are also occupied in tourism. In the past a great number of the residents of Marathokambos were seamen; their ships, in their majority built at Ormos Marathokambou, reached almost all the ports of the Mediterranean and of the Black Sea.
This tradition kept on for long and many of the residents of the village were occupied in the oceangoing vessels of Greece. It is worth mentioning that according to the census of 1920 the village then counted some 3650 permanent residents.The town is very close to excellent sandy beaches and it attracts many visitors who will find several alternatives for accommodation not only within the town, but mainly at the beach of Ormos.
The traditional taverns and cafés of the area offer nice local dishes to those choosing the place for eating.For swimming you may go to the beach of Ormos and at Velanidia.Several events take place in the settlement, mainly in summer. A Wine Festival takes place in Marathokambos, to which music and dance bands take part.