Famous for being a location for the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Sami on the eastern coast of Kefalonia is also a place full of culture and beautiful countryside. Surrounded by pine tree-covered hills, this quiet resort’s history can be seen in the ancient acropolis and the monastery that sit in the mountains. The people here are very proud of Sami’s fishing heritage and Venetian buildings that line the wide streets.
Take a journey through the hills and forests of Kefalonia by joining a donkey trek or horse ride. Adventures like this will take you through the countryside surrounding Sami and expose views of the hidden bays around the coastline. Further inland there are tours to Drogarati’s Cave, and the popular Melissani Cave lights up beautiful hues of blue around midday as the sun shines through the hole in the cave’s ceiling.
Although there is a relaxed, coastal-living culture ingrained into the people of Sami, the real history can be seen up in the hills. The ancient Acropolis of Sami represents the town how it originally was, an independent state that even had its own coins. Culture buffs can walk up the hill from Sami, which is most pleasant in the morning before it gets too hot and the ancient sites get too crowded.
Just like its calm nature, evenings in Sami are rather chilled out and relaxed. The main street, or the coastal road, is lined with bars, cafes and restaurants serving up delicious seafood as the sun goes down. This road even becomes pedestrianised on an evening and this contributes to a lively happy atmosphere around the water’s edge. There are also plenty of shops and supermarkets along this street too if you’re self-catering and looking for some good, fresh ingredients.