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.
Local Markets and Shopping
You will find plenty of shops in Sami to fulfil your daily needs including supermarkets, bakeries, a butcher and a chemist. There are also jewellery and souvenir shops to browse.
Bars and Restaurants
There is a good selection of traditional tavernas, cafes and bars. Many family run establishments located along the harbour front specialise in fish dishes and typical Greek fare. Why not enjoy catch of the day with views of the sea and mountains?
The local beach of Sami is Karovomilos, a small pebble beach with crystal clear waters. The beautiful beach of Antisamos is just over 2 miles away, reachable by a scenic drive through pine forests. This stunning natural bay stretching for a quarter of a mile 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. Not to be missed!
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 other nearby islands. Along the coast near to Sami, horse riding and donkey trekking are on offer.
Places of Interest
A holiday in Kefalonia would not be complete without a trip to Melissani lake and Drogarati cave. These two natural phenomenons are just a short drive from Sami. There are also several archeological sites to explore in this area.