The clean beaches, age-old riparian groves, varied and lush cliff vegetation, subalpine rock scrub, crystal-clear waters, impressive stream valleys and so many other habitats offer an exotic setting for research and leisure. The wide variety of swimming options include thermal hot spring tubs, the sea and the river’s rock-pools (locally known as “vathres”). Tiny villages provide sites for superb local gastronomic pleasures. Trekking, mountaineering, canyoning, mountain biking, kayaking, birding, botanizing, fish-watching, snorkelling and diving are amongst some of the activities that can be enjoyed on the island. Many visitors fall in love with Samothraki, these experiences take them on a journey in an experiential and apocalyptic way.