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Sami is located on the east coast of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea. It has the busiest harbour on the island with ferries to Corfu, the mainland and to Italy. Its coastline has a choice of beaches and many small coves where you can relax in a guarantee of summer sunshine. Backed by the Agioi Fanendoi and the Palaiokastro hills, Sami is a pretty resort flanked by an attractive shoreline that has much to attract visitors. With good hotels and apartments, restaurants serving a diverse cuisine, a few lively bars and plenty of shops, Sami holidays provides for all the modern visitor needs.
Always an attractive island, Kefalonia became more popular after the release of the film, “Captain Corelli's Mandolin.” There are many sightseeing opportunities and Sami is a good base from which to explore the island. There are organised coach and boat trips for longer excursions, and walking and cycling to closer sights. If you are looking for a guarantee of summer sunshine, warm seas, great accommodation and restaurants, our Sami holidays may be just the ticket.
Sami holidays have wide popularity. They attract families looking for quiet days by the sea, couples looking for romantic venues, and even young singles.
Sami holiday season lasts from early spring and late autumn when the temperatures rise from twenty to low thirties in the height of the summer. Early and late season are popular with those wishing to walk and cycle inland when the temperatures are more conducive to exercise.
Sami, although having a busy harbour, is a fairly relaxed resort with a pleasant town centre. Its coastline offers a choice of sand or pebbles, wide bays and peaceful coves. The white pebbly beach, Antisamos, is the closest and only one kilometre from Sami. Two kilometres away at Karavomilos, is a long sandy beach very popular with families with young children. There are many narrow inlets and small coves which offer a degree of privacy.
Sami has a range of accommodation with hotels and apartments to suit most budgets, from all-inclusive to self-catering. Numerous restaurants, tavernas, bars and cafes serve menus providing for all tastes. Sami nightlife is fairly low key with many of the larger hotels providing evening entertainment. There are plenty of shops and street vendors where you can buy holiday essentials, gifts and souvenirs.
Eight kilometres south of Sami are the spectacular Drogarati Caves. Their stalactites and stalagmites are illuminated to great effect. A forty metre tunnel takes you to a cavern which hosts classical concerts during the summer months. It is also worth taking a boat trip to the underground Melissani Lake.
Sami holidays have much to offer visitors with stunning scenery, great beaches, crystal seas and an interesting town.
Kefalonia is not known as a party island so even though Sami has a few lively bars and one or two discos, nightlife is fairly understated. Many of the larger hotels provide the evening entertainment. For an enchanting experience, attend a classical concert in the Drogarati Caves.
Sami shopping provides holiday essentials, gifts and souvenirs. Market stalls offer many locally crafted goods, ideal for gifts. Popular purchases include items fashioned from olive wood, leather goods, pottery and jewellery.
Sami has numerous restaurants, tavernas and bars providing a diverse cuisine that caters for most tastes. Pork is the favourite meat often stuffed with herbs and cheese. Locally caught fish, simply cooked, is always delicious and is good value. Local wines are inexpensive and pleasing to the palate.