Sami holidays 2021
Sami is a small and quaint town nestled between rolling hills and fronted by the deep and clear Ionian Sea. Despite its humble beginnings as a fishing port, you might be more familiar with the village than you suspect. It was here was that Hollywood blockbuster 'Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ was filmed in 2000, becoming the temporary home of cast and crew for the duration of filming. If that doesn’t say anything about Sami’s stunning landscapes and film-worthy vistas, we don’t know what does. Home to beautiful beaches and the ancient ruins of an acropolis, a holiday in Sami has something to offer every type of traveler, as well as offering unique insight into traditional Grecian life.
Further afield you’ll find the lush island of Kefelonia is brimming with picturesque Grecian villages, pristine beaches, secret coves perfect for diving, as well as a rich history despite a devastating earthquake in 1953. The island lies parallel to Athens, its dramatic landscapes and range of attractions making it a firm favourite with foreigners and locals alike. With all this and more, a 2021 holiday to Sami should definitely be at the front of your mind.
Why book Sami holidays
Top attractions to visit
The Acropolis of Ancient Sami is your must-see here
Discover the best beaches
You might recognise Sami’s beaches from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Sample the local food
Sami is filled with lively traditional tavernas at every turn
Your guide to Sami holidays
Quiet beaches, mouth-watering food, water-sports and ancient ruins, Sami has it all for those wishing to holiday here this year. A wander through its sun-drenched streets will see you stumbling across locally woven textile and silver shops, where you can pick up simple yet stylish jewellery for a bargain. Houses in every colour line the main street, plants trailing from balconies where locals drink coffee while watching the world go by. Don’t let its relaxed atmosphere fool you though, there’s plenty to get your blood pumping on a holiday here. For starters, Sami’s beach is home to the island’s only extreme water-sport organisations, giving you the chance to brush up on those jet-skiing skills.
Holidaying in Sami will also place you a stone’s throw away from the island’s main attractions, most of which are within day-tripping distance. These include jaw-dropping caves that hold secret pools of crystal water, ancient acropolis, and colourful Grecian villages nestled along the shore.
Kefalonia’s beaches are some of the most idyllic in Greece – making it unsurprising that Captain Corelli’s directors chose to feature a handful in the film. Think sugar-fine sands hemmed with dark green pine forests, clear, dappled waters in a myriad of blues and greens, and dramatic snow-white cliff faces that hide secluded coves. Sami’s own beach is a classic stretch of golden sand, perfect for lazy days spent soaking up the sun, moving only for a refreshing dip in the sea, or an ice cold cocktail from a nearby taverna. If you’re up for beach-hopping your way through some of the island’s finest offerings, make Skala a must-see during your holiday in Sami. This beach fans out from rugged, unspoilt scenery, providing stunning vistas from every angle. Skala, along with many of the beaches in Kefalonia, is ideal for snorkelling, while excursion boats depart to the nearby islets and isolated coves. Another unmissable stop is Myrtos Bay, a spectacularly white sanded stretch close to the mythical Drogorati Caves and Melissani pools.
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