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With its pretty port, sandy beach and dramatic scenery, Sami is a jewel on Kefalonia’s eastern coast. This charming seaside ¬village is against a stunning backdrop of rolling hills clad with fragrant pine trees, and there’s something for every kind of holidaymaker here. If you want to simply chill out, you can sit back and relax on the sandy beach, while thrill-seekers take to the sea for a water sports adventure. Sami holidays are home to fascinating cultural and natural sights; the ancient acropolis and nearby Drigarati Cave are an absolute must-visit.
The late summer is lovely and warm but not scorching
Kefalonia International Airport (EFL).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Sami to experience the remains of the ancient acropolis and Antisamos Beach, a beach so beautiful it’s in a Hollywood film.
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Beautiful beaches are a big draw for visitors on holidays to Sami. Stunning white pebbles and turquoise waters are just waiting for you over at Antisamos Beach, which is considered as one of the most beautiful spots in Kefalonia; it’s the perfect place to sunbathe, swim and snorkel. But Sami holidays aren’t just about sun, sea and sand; there’s so much more to them than that! When you’re feeling up for a spot of adventure, you can head off on a trek through the hills on horseback, and admire views along the way. Or, you could pay a visit to of some of the famous sites. Take a trip to the acropolis, one of the most important fortified cities in Bronze Age Greece, and the 150-million-year-old Drogarati Cave.
Antisamos Beach is Sami’s finest, and you might recognise it from the famous film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The white-pebble beach is beautiful and smooth, and the crystalline waters are hugged by lush greenery. This is a peaceful place to spend the day, and you can hire a sunbed and an umbrella if you want extra comfort. Ready to explore? Grab a snorkel and look down to see rare turtles and colourful marine life, while the more adventurous can book a diving lesson with a PADI-approved instructor. After a long day’s relaxation, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat at a waterfront tavern.
Located just outside the village, the unique Cave of Melissani has to be seen to be believed; this mysterious place features soaring chambers and a sparkling lake, and the sunlight filtering through giving the caves an ethereal blue glow. Not far away, the spectacular Drogarati Cave is full of fragile stalactites and stalagmites, and is believed to be 150 million years old. It’s easy to get out and about on your Sami holiday; its rural location means you can enjoy lush Kefalonian countryside, and you one of the best ways to make your way through it is on horseback. Head to the local stables to book a trip.
A charming old village lies at the heart of Sami; it’s full of beautiful Venetian architecture and close to the region’s best-known historic sights. Ancient Sami, the acropolis, is a fortified city dating back to the Greek Bronze Age; you’ll find it between the village itself, the Antisamos Beach, and clifftop setting provides magnificent views over the coastline. Another famous attraction is the hilltop Monastery of Argillon, with its classic white, terracotta-topped exterior and panoramic views across Antisamos Beach. This monastery dates back to the 18th century and remains an important religious site for Sami’s residents; every year it plays host to the town’s annual Feast of Panagia Agrilia.
Couples: It’s ideal for a quiet break with your loved one; think dreamy beaches, picturesque scenery and plenty of sights to see.
History buffs: You’ll find some of Kefalonia’s finest historic sites right of your doorstep; how about a trip to the ancient acropolis and the Drogarati Cave?
Adventurers: Deep-sea diving in the ocean, riding through the hills on horseback, and exploring the incredible Melissani Caves; there are lots of adventures to be had on your Sami holiday.
Language: The language spoken here is Greek, although English is widely spoken throughout the resort. Grab a phrase book or download our language app and try out a few basics. The locals will appreciate your efforts, no matter how comical!
Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€)
Local time: Sami is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Kefalonia International Airport. The transfer time to Sami is 2 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Sami is 3.5 hours.
Tourist information: Before your Sami holidays, find further tourist information over at www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/ionian_islands/kefalonia
Visa & health: For health and visa advice recommendations ahead of your holiday to Sami, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece.
Temperature: Around 26 (°C) in the summer.
Best time to visit: Visit in late summer for warm average temperatures.
The Mediterranean climate means you can expect temperatures to reach the mid-20s (°C) as early as May. By July and August (that’s the hottest month of the year), it can climb to 35 (°C), and it can easily reach 30 (°C) from April to October. Beach lovers can soak up 13 hours of sunshine a day, while the strong Maestro winds offer welcome relief during this peak season. Even in mind-winter, temperatures hardly ever drop below 8ºC, but bear in mind that the Ionian Islands can be wet at this time of year and showers aren’t unheard of in summer.
By taxi: They’re easy to find, especially around the resort’s harbour. They’re generally affordable for short trips and airport transfers.
By water taxi: A fun and simple way to pop between resorts on Kefalonia’s coastline, or to reach nearby islands like Ithaca.
By car: Driving is the most convenient way to explore Kefalonia. Pick up a hire car at the airport and you’ll have the freedom to make your way around the island at your own speed.
Feast of Panagia Agrilia: In August, the monastery of Panagia Agrillion in Sami hosts a traditional feast in honour of the Virgin Agrilia. The festival includes a religious procession, followed by traditional music, dancing, food, and wine in town.
Robola Wine Festival: An absolute must for wine lovers, the Robola Wine Festival takes places over two days every August in the nearby village of Fragata and celebrates the island’s wine-making tradition. You can expect lots of free robola wine to sample, served with a side of tasty Greek food and traditional live music.