Sami travel guide

Weather and climate

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. 

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Sami Kefalonia is best for…

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. 

Fast facts

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:

  • Katelios
  • Skala
  • Lassi
  • Getting around

    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. 

    Events

    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.