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.
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.
Holiday destinations related to Sami:
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.