Information before your visit our village!
The tourist season in Kokkari Samos is realistically from late-April to mid-October with the weather at either end of this period possibly unpredictable; July and August are positively hot with a cool breeze. The air is cleaner in May and the landscape a good bit greener while in September the sea is at its warmest but some of the villages may be getting ready to close down their shops. Times when it may be difficult to find rooms are Easter, the feast day of Panagía on August 15th or during an election when people return to their birthplace to cast their vote (voting is compulsory in Greece).
There are loads of guide books on Samos Island, filled with tons of information. Taking one with you when you visit is recommended, but do not depend on it 100%. Greek people welcome being approached by foreigners whether it for information or simply being friendly. This is the only way to really experience the hospitality of our village in order to understand the differences in culture and people.
Here is some information on my village you won't find in any guide books.
Health - Greece suffers from no disease that anywhere else in the EU hasn't already been encountered. For most people the major nuisance regarding health are mosquitos which can lead to minor irritation. There are various products for both prevention and treatment. Personally, I believe that Kokkari doesn't have a mosquito problem as much as other villages due to the Northern winds blowing all summer long.
Water - Tap water is safe to drink, but if you do suffer from a sensitive stomach it may be safer to drink bottled water which is cheap to buy. It is customary to accompany coffee with a glass of water. This will almost certainly be from the tap, so order a small bottle of mineral water with your coffee.
Children - Greeks love children and they will be welcomed perhaps even more so than yourselves. Safety is of course your responsibility, so be very wary of the intensity of the sun and while around the harbour. Kokkari is child-friendly because of its size, small pedestrian streets and family oriented atmosphere.
Safety and Security - Greeks pride themselves on their honesty and any town of any size will have a Police station (Astinomía), but it is always wise to follow the usual security precautions when travelling. It is generally safe to travel on your own but as always, let someone know where you are going and what time you plan on returning, your room owner for instance. Kokkari is one of the safest vacation destinations because it primarily attracts families and mature adults (teenagers will still find plenty to do in the center of the village).
Insurance - If you are a EU citizen you would be wise to complete a form available in your country and get it stamped. This will entitle you to basic medical care free of charge in the EU. In Greece however, the medical care may be free but some of the auxiliary services may be at a cost. You should, therefore, obtain suitable insurance for the duration of your visit, covering both lost or stolen items and medical associated expenses.