If you're coming to Cephalonia you must....
Favorite thing: If you're coming to Cephalonia, or Greece for that manner, it is a must that you read Louis De Berniere's Captain Corelli's Mandollin, an absolutely fantastic novel about WWII in Cephalonia. Truly a great read, educational and entertaining. The movie, however, does not give the story justice and should be avoided altogether.
Sailing out of Sami
Favorite thing: On this photo, the two boats of our friends are sailing out of Sami. In the background, Mount Ainos, 1626 meters over the sea, is showing. Mount Ainos is now a national Park, the smallest of Greece. It is possible to hike into the park and reach the summit but Spring or autumn are better than summer.
Favorite thing: On this photo, the boat of one of our friends is going to sail out of Sami. In the background, our Land-Rover is parked on the quay. We plan to meet them again in the evening, where they are going to sail while we will do the same route on the road that overlooks the Ithaki channel.
Favorite thing: I like the laid back lifestyle of Sami and also the welcome from the people they are very freindly and helpful, nothing seems too much trouble.
The nice settings of the Tavernas and the backdrop is just like a movie setting, with the blue sea and skies with the mountains in background.
Oh how i wish i was there right now,its gloomy and raining here in the UK today.
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: Located 3km outside of Sami
The experts estimated that the cave is 150 million years old.The locals the knew about the cave for over a hundred years but it was in 1963 that it was set to receive visitors.
After a downhill corridor you arrive to a natural balcony overlooking an area of 100 square meters full of rare stalactites and stalagmites. The acoustics of the cave is the best.
Favorite thing: Once upon a time, there was a sepherd girl who walking together with her flock. When one of her sheeps disappeared, shw started to search for it and she arrived to the banks of the lake. The lake took her name, The Lake of Melissanthi.
Another story says the the nymph Melissanthi killed herself inside this lake because Pan didn't love her.
There is a third story saying that in the ancient years, bees (melisses in greek) were visiting the cave lake very often.
The bees don't visit the lake anymore but it would be a pity if you are in Sami not to visit the lake. You will buy your tickets there, you can drink coffee and buy souvenirs. The ticket costs about 5 euros.
The lake is 2km outside of Sami, close to Karavomilos and it was discovered by an archaelogical excavation.
It is of unique geological and archaeological interest.
- Sailing and Boating
The beach of Sami
Favorite thing: If you don't want to swim in the beach of Sami you have the alternative to go to Agia Efimia (Pylaros), Antisamos, Agia Paraskevi or to Myrtos, the most beautiful beach of Kefallonia.
Otherwise, you have the option of Platis Gialos, Makrys Gialos, Agia Kyriaki, Skala and several other options.
The picture of the beach was taken during winter time. Consequetly, it is not the real view of the beach during summer time.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Wonderful beach and natural beauty!
Favorite thing: I started to go to Sami for summer holidays when I was 5 years old. My cousins and my uncles live there.
My last visit was in February 2003. It was my first time during the winter in Sami and I have to say that I really enjoyed it because my cousins they had free time to spend with. During the summer, like in all the touristic areas, they work during all the day.
Favorite thing: It is close to Sami and the beach is well-organised. There is a bar as well as deck-chairs and umbrellas which cost 10 euros.
Favorite thing: Amazing beauty! If you have intention of going there, don't go after 11.00-11.30. It will be hard to find to park the car.
Favorite thing: This the port where the boat Kefallonia as well as the boats travelling from Patra to Italy, anchor every day.