This small seaside town has been a main port of call from ancient times to the present day for ships & boats. Sami has grown to be a favourite spot for yachts to pull into it’s harbour after having a lovely sail around the Sami Bay with Ithaki to one side and the tree clad mountains surrounding.
By day there is lots of hustle and bustle with the ferries and sailboats coming and going but by night the waterfront, which is lined with tavernas and cafes, gets closed down from traffic and turns into a promenade for pedestrians and has a lovely relaxing atmosphere. There are a couple of banks, a post office, several shops and tavernas in the village. A narrow stretch of beach which is sandy & pebbly is not too far from the town itself.
This region is known for its many caves, in particular the Drogarati Cave with its amazing stalagmites & stalagmites and wonderful acoustics and the Melissani Lake with its beautiful blue water and fascinating natural wonder. It that has been discovered that the water from the Katavothres, near Argostoli, travels underground and reappears in Karavomilos via the Melissani Lake. The sea water mixes with the fresh water and is rather dark at the Karavomilos lake before it goes back into the sea again.
The taverna which is next to the lake has lovely views towards Sami with the mountains in the background and literally right on the sea’s edge overlooking the bay of Sami, a perfect way to spend an afternoon and contemplating life over a bottle of the famous Kefalonian Robola wine.
The beautiful pebbly/shingly beach of Antissamos is located just a couple of kilometers outside of Sami and well worth a visit or two for its setting and beautiful clear waters. The hilltops between Sami and Antissamos have fantastic views and interesting historical ruins like the medieval bell-tower of the Monastery of Panayia Agrilion amazing views of the Bay of Sami, Ithaki and down to Antisammos beach , plus the walls of the ancient acropolis called Kyatis and the ruined Monastery of Agia Fanendes.
From Sami it is very easy to drive north to the Agia Paraskevi beach or the harbour village of Agia Efimia and onto either Myrtos Beach or further north the tranquil village of Fiscardo. Whilst a drive to the south of Sami takes you to Poros and the lovely sandy beach resort of Skala. Argostoli is only a 30 min drive away and another option if you are looking for a more buzzing atmosphere and stock up at one of the fruit & veg markets on the waterfront.
Sandy beach, bit coarse but good when wind is up. Beachside tavernas/cafes right on beach.
Small narrow sandy beach, fairly shallow, nice for kids.
Arismari Taverna, Gavalochori
Amazing little taverna tucked off the main road, where the sq of the village used to be. Limited menu, but all just incredibly good, moussaka is fantastic! Tranquil atmosphere with tables on ledges underneath the large plane tree with old buildings surrounding with whitewashed walls. They a limited number of fresh dishes & grilled meat.
Gavalianis Kafenes, Gavalochori
Monica’s delightful little place in the center of Gavalochori offers Cretan dishes & often has live English bands playing in the summer. Hidden garden at the back, very friendly atmosphere.
Beach 4 km
Tavernas 300 m
Mini Market 250 m
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania Airport 35 kms
Heraklion Airport 131 kms
Ferry Port Souda 20 kms