We have recently returned from Samos, so I thought that I would post a report summary of our visit. We stayed on the edge of Samos Town in self catering apartments. Samos Town did not immediately appeal to us, but it grew on us. It gave the impression of a Greek working town and we grew to like it very much - especially sitting in the square with a drink in the morning or evening and people watching. Kokkari and Pythagorion we found more tourist oriented, but attractive and interesting to walk around and have meals. The people were extremely friendly and welcoming and we found the cost of drinks and meals compared very favourably with Crete (which we have often visited).
We had a hire car so we did explore the island. One of our favourite outings was along the north coast. We visited the traditional mountain village of Vourliotes, wandering around the narrow streets and finishing with a drink in the tree shaded square; we then carried on to the monastery at Moni Vroda (strict on appropriate dress). We continued along the north coast road and turned off to Manolates, driving through the gorgeous Valley of the Nightingales. We ended up at Manolates for lunch, again enjoying the traditional timeless quality of the village. Please note, the roads up to these villages are very steep and twisting.
The recommended beaches at Psilli Ammos and Leivadaki were perfect with lovely sandy seabeds (thank you for the recommendations), although I was a bit concerned on the rough lane to Leivadaki. We had a meal at a very peaceful tavern at Agia Paraskevi.
The tunnel of Eupalinos was really worth the visit, although I was a little nervous when I saw the very narrow entrance - it did widen and I am glad we did it. We also enjoyed the archaeological museums at Samos Town and Pythagorion and the Temple of Hera. You can buy a ticket at the museum which gives entry to all four of these places.
Finally, for people who have expressed concerns about the migrant situation, there is no need to worry. The camp is close to Samos Town but we experienced no problems, no safely concerns and never felt intimidated in any way. It is a beautiful island, we would have no hesitation in returning.