Sami is located on the north east coast of Kefalonia, just 24 km from Argostoli. The water front is tree-lined with glorious views across to the island of Ithaca, with plenty of tavernas, restaurants and bars to choose from – many serving the catch of the day from local fishermen.
A number of the restaurants display photographs of their friend Nicolas Cage who starred in the film, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The majority of the filming took place in and around Sami, and indeed many of the locals were extras in the film.
In the surrounding area, you can visit Ancient Sami, found just outside and above today’s town. Ancient Sami was a well-organized and flourishing town and coupled with its strategic location, attracted the interest of the Roman’s. In 189 B.C., they set out to invade and conquer the island. The people of Sami bravely resisted, and the siege was long and relentless lasting four months. You can wander among the ruins of the town which the Romans reorganized and imagine life in time gone by.
A short drive from Sami is the beautiful Antisamos beach, set in a bay with a long stretch of white pebbles, crystal clear blue water and backed by tree covered hills. With a choice of laid back restaurants serving delicious fresh food, you can spend an enjoyable day there.
On the way to Antisamos, is a right turn leading to the ruins of the 13th century Monastery of Agia Fanendes and the Monastery of Panagia Agrilion with its medieval bell tower.
Kefalonia is a diverse island to explore, and George (outdoorkefalonia.com) is passionate about Kefalonia and has a vast knowledge of her heritage. Outdoorkefalonia.com have a range of activities from bird watching, hiking and aboard the jeep safari taking you to ghost villages and to the top of Mount Ainos looking for wild horses. With more activities to enjoy such as kayaking, caving or abseling there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Bavarian horse riding stable is found just outside Sami town. You can choose to go riding for one hour or more. The horses are extremely well looked after and the staff know just the right locations to lead the group to enjoy exploring the beautiful area, including some deserted villages.
Sami star cruises
A good opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Ithaca. This cruise includes some lovely swim stops and visits Kioni and Vathy on the island.
If you are ready for a little action after relaxing on the beach you could try jet skiing or water skiing from Antisamos beach.