This port town on Kefalonia's east coast may be small but has plenty to offer its visitors. Sami and the surrounding area were the main location for the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and it's easy to see why. Surrounded by lush green hills of pine tree forests, the scenery in Sami is simply spectacular. As with many Greek destinations, it has a rich cultural heritage with several interesting sites to explore. There's the ruins of the ancient Acropolis, a Roman aqueduct and several monasteries perched high in the surrounding hills. Sami has a small strip of shingle beach and a delightful harbour where traditional tavernas line the waterfront. Enjoy the views across the crystal clear waters, all the way to the neighbouring island of Ithaca. It's also possible to take boat trips from the harbour to nearby coves. With two of Kefalonia's most visited attractions close by it is a great choice for those wishing to explore the island.
The village of Karavomylos also has a couple of mini markets and a bakery, perfect for picking up your daily essentials. In Sami, you will find a greater choice of shops including supermarkets, bakeries, a butcher and a chemist. There are also jewellery and souvenir shops to browse.
Karavomylos has a few laid back tavernas with a particular highlight being a restaurant perched on the sea edge. Offering incredible views, it’s a great setting to sit and admire the sunset and see all the way to neighbouring island of Ithaca. Meanwhile, Sami has a good selection of bars, coffee shops, restaurants and tavernas. They are located mostly along the harbour front and serve up Greek favourites and fresh seafood.
The local beach of Sami is Karovomylos, a small pebble beach with crystal clear waters. The beautiful beach of Antisamos is just over 5 kilometres from Sami, reachable by a scenic drive through pine forests. This stunning natural bay is one of the finest in Greece and completely unspoilt. You may recognise it as one of the filming locations from Captain Corelli's Mandolin. There are a couple of beach bars here with parasols and sunbeds available.
A drive across the island will take you to the famous beach of Myrtos. This gorgeous beach is surrounded by high cliffs with magnificent views from above. The white pebbles and turquoise water make this one of the most visited and photographed beaches in Greece.
With many water based activities in the area there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy some family fun. Hire a boat to explore the stunning coastline or take a cruise and discover the neighbouring islands. There are plenty of water sports available too.
In Karavomylos, there’s a small lake by the sea with an abundance of wildlife including ducks, swans and herons – a great option for a family day out. Along the coast near to Sami, horse riding and donkey trekking are on offer too.
A holiday in Kefalonia would not be complete without a trip to Melissani Lake and Drogarati Caves. These two natural phenomenons are just a short drive from Sami. A boat tour across Melissani Lake takes you into a cavern where the roof of the cave opens, causing the water beneath to light up - stunning! At the Drogarati caves, you'll find a huge network of stalactites and stalagmites waiting to be explored.
Sami is also home to an ancient acropolis overlooking the town with fantastic views across the coastline.