Destination guide

Sami – a scintillating slice of Greek island paradise

Perched on the east coast of captivating Kefalonia, Sami is the quintessential Greek island port town. Its pristine harbour is invariably packed with gently-bobbing sailboats, while its white-washed houses contrast strikingly with the deep greens of the neighbouring mountains and the shimmering turquoise of the surrounding Ionian Sea. The pine-fringed beach is a prime spot for sun-worshipping, while the seafront is lined with family-run restaurants where you can feast on fresh seafood, juicy stuffed vine leaves and other mouth-watering local specialities. Sami holiday rentals range from sleek studio apartments to sprawling seafront villas with outdoor pools, so you're bound to find one that suits.

Things to do

Ancient wonders and Hollywood hangouts

Located just 10 minutes' drive from Sami, Antisamos beach is top of the agenda for most Kefalonia visitors. This idyllic stretch of soft white sand featured prominently in the hit Hollywood movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Surrounded by lush vegetation, it remains thoroughly unspoilt in spite of its glamorous claim to fame. Overlooking the town you'll find the enthralling ruins of the Acropolis of Sami, a once-mighty ancient fortified town. From here you can take in breathtaking views of shimmering Sami bay. But, for flat-out spectacle, nothing beats the Melissani Cave. Surrounded by dense forest, this imposing natural wonder conceals a crystal-clear lake, and the holes in its roof allow shards of sunlight to pierce the darkness in dramatic fashion.


Horsing around in Sami

Throughout the sizzling summer months, Sami's sparkling waters become a haven for aquatic adventurers of all stripes. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at adrenaline-pumping pursuits like wakeboarding and jet skiing, while banana boat rides offer high-energy fun for the whole family. Should you prefer to maintain a more sedate pace, you could rent your own catamaran and explore the Kefalonian coast at your leisure. If you'd rather keep your feet on dry land, head to one of Sami's stables, and embark on a relaxing horse trek over the nearby mountains, past verdant olive groves and rustic family farms.


Sizzling summers in Sami

Sami holiday rentals are in high demand throughout the peak summer season of June to August, when the days are long and hot, with an abundance of sunshine and clear blue skies. The shoulder months of May and September are also typically glorious, and offer the added benefit of fewer visitor crowds. Early spring and late autumn tend to be pleasantly warm, with conditions more conducive to brisk hikes than lounging around on the beach. Winters are generally mild by European standards, but also fairly rainy.

Natural features

Sami's mesmerising mountainsides and fragrant forests

Within easy reach of your Sami holiday rental, you'll find a diverse natural landscape simply begging to be explored. Many visitors barely make it beyond the beaches, but head inland and you'll be richly rewarded. Kefalonia is home to majestic Mount Ainos, the verdant slopes of which are covered with fragrant Greek firs and black pines. Visit in spring and you may catch peonies and rare wild orchids in bloom. If you tread lightly, you may also run into some of the captivating creatures living on the island, such as darting hares, stately tortoises and elusive wild horses.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Sami

Fly into Argostolion (EFL-Kefalonia Island Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.4 mi (18.4 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around Sami?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 464 holiday lettings around Sami. From 246 villas to 96 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Sami? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Sami. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Saint Theodoron Lighthouse: 1,273 holiday lettings
  • Lourdas Beach: 1,413 holiday lettings
  • Avithos Beach: 1,383 holiday lettings
  • Xi Beach: 1,082 holiday lettings
  • Archaeological Museum of Ithaca: 1,057 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Sami listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Sami?

Yes, of course. offers 246 Villas in Sami. Our other popular types of Sami holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 96 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 51 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 114 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Sami?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 289 holiday homes with pool available in Sami. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.