The charming fishing village and harbour of Sami, lies on the east coast of Kefalonia and is the gateway to the mythical island of Ithaka which sits in directly opposite. Surrounded by an awe-inspiring backdrop of mountains, Sami is famed for being the main town in the filmset of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The village's harbour offers a fantastic selection of local tavernas providing fresh catches of the day, brought in by the local fishermen, and the villages centre where you sit in one of the cafes and watch the locals go about their daily business. Nestled only a short drive from Sami, you will find the fabulous Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave which are both wonderful attractions not to be missed.
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Kefalonia is famous for its meat pies, a firm favourite and found in most traditional tavernas. However, many vegetarian dishes are also offered in these family run restaurants, with greenbeans in tomato sauce, lentil and bean soups, cheese and spinach filo pies and briam a type of Greek ratatouille. For dessert, along with the popular baklava, a sticky pastry concoction of almonds, honey and walnuts, often sliced oranges or apples are sprinkled with cinnamon, or in the height of the summer, honey dew or water melon.
Sami has a fairly relaxed nightlife, with just a few local tavernas and bars. Some of the bars stay open until the early hours of the morning, and a few of the night tavernas serve late night snacks and cocktails.
Robola Cooperative Winery is found to the north of the foothills of Mount Aenos in the Omala Valley (20 minutes’ drive north-east from Argostoli), and next to the famous Monastery of Agios Gerasimos. Open 7 days a week, (May – Oct) for Wine Tours, tastings and purchases.
Gentilini Winery is located on the main road leading from the airport to Argrostoli, 2km outside Lassi. The winery is open 7 days a week (May-Sept) and is open for Wine Tours, Tastings and purchases.
Various boat excursions can be taken from all major ports and harbours, which take in everything from glass bottom boat trips to day drips over to Ithaka, Lefkada and Zakynthos. The ports and harbours to take the excursions from include: Agrostoli, Sami, Fiscardo, Poros, Skala, Pessada, Lixouri.
Take a day trip to the stunning Myrtos Beach where Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed, or visit the colour changing, mystical waters of Melissani Lake and Drogarati Cave.
Cephalonia Botanica, located just outside Agrostoli. The gardens are set amongst two acres of grounds, whereby walking paths take you through the variety of plants.
If you would like to experience a little bit more of Greece during your stay in Kefalonia, take one of the boat trips or Ferries to the neighbouring islands of Ithaka and Zakynthos. You will find trips departing from Argostoli and many other ports around the island. If you are lucky you might even catch sight of one of the endangered Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) turtles.
Melissani Lake – is located on the outskirts of Sami, towards Agia Effimia. Boatman guide you around an impressive underground lake.
Drogorati Cave – A few kilometres south of Sami, near the villages of Katapodata and Grizata are the stunning Drogorati Caves. 120 steep steps take you down into the caves heart, where stalagmites and stalactites are a plenty. Get there early to avoid the crowds.
Myrtos Beach – Probably one of the most iconic beaches in Greece, Myrtos Beach is best known for its idyllic location, white beach and turquoise seas, along with being in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Assos – visit the charming village of Assos on the islands east coast have some lunch, go for a swim in the quaint little bay, explore the village and walk up to the castle.
The harbour / fishing town of Sami hosts a variety of shops, tavernas and small back streets. The main film set of Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed and set-up around Sami. From the main port - day cruises and ferries going to Ithaka, Lefkada, mainland Greece, as well day trips up and down the coast.
Archaeological Museum (Agrostoli) - Various findings and artefacts from prehistoric, Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Nautical Musuem (Fiscardo) - Promoting the sensitivity for marine life and environmental protection.
Lakovatios Museum (Lixouri) – A Neoclassical museum (house) and library, holding many rare books and manuscripts.
Natural History Museum (Davgata, north of Agrostoli) – The museum is aimed to preserve the environmental and ecological importance’s of both Kefalonia and Ithaka – exhibits include: flora and fauna, artefacts from Prehistoric and Ancient times.
Historical and Folk Art Museum (Corgialenion Library, Agrostoli) – Houses memories of Kefalonia, pre the 1953 earthquake.
There are many churches and monasteries throughout Kefalonia, most of which can be visited (albeit some at specific times), the larger and more popular to visit are: Agios Gerasimos (north of Mount Aenos), The Monastery of Our Lady Themata (near Agia Efimia, on the east coast), The Monastery of Panagia Atrou (near Poros), The Church of the Virgin Mary Lagouvarda (Markopoulos).
A 1943 Italian War memorial (for the Italian Acqui Division) is found on a ridge of farmland above the town of Argostoli.
Mount Aenos is Kefalonia’s only National Park, situated in the south of the island with its highest peak, at 1620 metres (Megas Soros). The Park is great for hikers and is enriched with flora and fauna.
Agios Georgios (St. Georges) – found in the south of the island on the road leading south west from Agrostoli overlooking the village of Peratata. Built by the Byzantines and adapted by Venetians, this fabulous castle occupies grounds of 18,000m2.
Assos - situated above the quaint little village of Assos on Kefalonia’s west coast, the castle of Assos was built by a Venetian nobleman in the 16th century; the views, castle and to explore Assos are a worth a visit
Bike hire, Fishing, Bird watching, Horse riding
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