Sami is on the north-east coast of Kefalonia, about 22 kilometres from the capital and a busy working port. It has a modern town area and the port has a long tree-lined waterfront with views across to Ithaca.
The main harbour waterfront promenade is filled with pavement tavernas and cafes. There are regular ferries from Sami to Patras on the mainland as well as water taxis to Ithaca.
Sami was chosen for many scenes in the movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin and parts of the town cash in on the connection with signs for Captain Corelli's taverna etc.
Sami beach is a mix of shingle and sand to the north of the centre. The water is shallow but the beach has little natural shade. There are sunbeds and cafes nearby.
The area around Sami has some interesting geological phenomena. Seventeen cave sites are recorded but only two are open to the public – the cave lake at Melissani and the large cave of Drogarati near the village of Haliotata.
The Drogarati cave was uncovered by an earthquake over 300 years ago. The caves are 60 metres below ground and full of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is about 900 metres square and has such good acoustics that concerts have been performed there.
Karavomylos nearby marks the outlet of a cave system that starts at Fanari and takes seawater right under the island. With its pretty lake and sea mill, Karavomilos is well worth a visit.