Holidays in Sami
Sami is one of the jewels of Kefalonia’s eastern coast, situated in a sumptuous setting of rolling, pine-filled scenery and a crystal clear coastline. The village is home to a famously beautiful beach and sites like the ancient fortified acropolis, making Sami ideal for a mix of blissful tranquillity and exploring the island’s most interesting sights.
Late summer for warm average temperatures.
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.
Located in Kefalonia (Sami), Hotel Athina is close to Melissani Lake and Antisamos Beach. This hotel is within the region of Monastery of Agios Ger...
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Experience a natural movie set on the white and turquoise Antisamos Beach. One of the most beautiful in Kefalonia, the beach is fantastic for swimming and snorkelling and a peaceful, pretty place to relax on a lounger or dine in a beachfront taverna. When you’re up for a little adventure, admire the views from horseback with a trek through the hills, or visit some of Sami’s famous sites. The acropolis was one of the most important fortified cities in Bronze Age Greece, and is essential for sightseers, as is the 150 million year old Drogarati Cave.
Antisamos Beach is Sami’s finest, and famously featured in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The beach features smooth white pebbles and crystalline waters hugged by lush, green scenery. A peaceful place to spend the day, the beach provides sun beds and umbrellas for hire, with waterfront tavernas running along the walkway for refreshments throughout the day. The beautiful turquoise waters are home to a variety of rare turtles and colourful marine life, making it one of the best places in Sami to swim, snorkel and dive.
Two of the biggest natural attractions in Sami are the Caves of Melissani and Drogarati. Located just outside the village, the unique and unusual Cave of Melissani contains a soaring chambers and a littering lake, with the sunlight filtering through giving the caves an ethereal blue glow. The Drogarati Cave is full of fragile, haunting stalactites and stalagmites, and is believed to be 150 million years old. Sami is located in a rural and largely agriculture region of Kefalonia, with unspoilt countryside perfect for exploring on horseback. The local stables offers horse trekking for all abilities, providing a special way to enjoy the area.
Sami’s charming old village is still the heart of the resort, full of Venetian architecture and close to the region’s best-known historic sights. Ancient Sami, the acropolis, is a fortified city from the Greek Bronze Age located between the village and Antisamos Beach. The cliff top location provides magnificent views of the coast and is a must-see for history buffs. Another famous Sami attraction is the hilltop Monastery of Argillon, with a classic white, terracotta-topped exterior and views across Antisamos Beach. The monastery dates back to the 18th century and remains an important religious site for Sami’s residents, hosting the town’s annual Feast of Panagia Agrilia.
Couples: Sami is ideal for a quiet break for two, with a dreamy beach, scenic surroundings and lovely spots for sightseeing.
History buffs: Sami has some of Kefalonia’s finest historic sites on its doorstep, including the ancient acropolis and the Drogarati Cave.
Active types: Diving in the ocean, horse riding through the hills or exploring the incredible Melissani Caves – Sami is full of adventure.
Language: The language spoken in Sami is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Sami is the Euro (€)
Local time: Sami is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Kefalonia International Airport (EFL)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Sami tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/ionian_islands/kefalonia
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Sami
Temperature: Around 26°C in summer.
Best time to visit: Late summer for warm average temperatures.
The weather in Sami is classic of Kefalonia’s Mediterranean climate, with hot summers than can reach the mid 20s (°C) as early as May. The weather stays warm through to October, and July is the hottest month, often reaching 30°C.
By taxi: Taxis are easy to find in Sami, often located around the resort’s harbour. They are affordable for short trips and are a good option for airport transfers.
By water taxi: Water taxis are a fun and easy way of nipping between resorts on Kefalonia’s coast, or even visiting nearby islands like Ithaca.
By car: Driving is the easiest way to get around in Kefalonia. It gives you the freedom to explore and visit nearby resorts in your own time, rather than waiting for buses. Choose from a variety of car hire companies located at the airport.
Feast of Panagia Agrilia: In August, Sami hosts its traditional feast in honour of the Virgin Agrilia. The festival includes a religious procession at the town’s monastery, followed by a big party featuring traditional music, dancing, food and wine.
Wine festival: A must for wine lovers, the Robola Wine Festival takes places for two days in August in the nearby town of Fragata. The event is thrown by the Robola Cooperation, which produces nearly all of Kefalonia’s wine. Expect plenty of free robola wine to sample, washed down with Greek food and live music.