This half-day circular hillwalk through woods from the centre of the village of Sami was a bit like an Indiana Jones adventure, as well as providing shelter from the sun and excellent views. On an island where it’s difficult to find a waymarked circular hiking route, this was ideal.
It’s not too demanding, and can be easily combined with a trip to one of the beaches at Sami itself or nearby Antisamis; the caves in the vicinity; or Ag Gerasimou monastery on route from Argostoli. We didn’t climb to the hilltop castle itself, but it looked accessible and could be added to the hike.
- The most memorable bit was the view of Sami from Agios Fanentes Monastery
- The best bit was Frances leading the way, looking for markers through the “tunnels” in the woods
- The were no worst bits, but we were a bit unsure where we should turn back down from the road
- I was surprised that we didn’t see another soul, until we returned to the village
- Another highlight was the views from the road crossing the island from Argostoli – of the coasts and mountains, the wind farm and the vineyards
- A word of warning would be to treat this as a proper hillwalk – take a drink and wear sturdy shoes. And watch out for the lizards and praying mantis!
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|Location||Above Sami , Kefalonia|
|Date walked||October 2005|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||moderate fitness and suitable footwear required|
|Distance||7 km / 4 miles|
|Height climbed||200m / 700 ft|
|Time taken||2 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||tc 1:80,000 travel map of Kefalonia and Ithaca shows the location and some of the route, but we wouldn't have found the route without the guidebook description.|
|Walk source info||Detailed description in Landmark Visitors Guide to Kefalonia - Brian & Eileen Anderson, ISBN 1-84306-176-7, 2005|
|Getting there||by hire car from Argostoli, 27 km (17 miles) ? about 40 minutes on a winding road ? there are buses on this route|
|Places to stay||In Sami, but more hotels and studios in Lassi area, near Argostoli|
|Other features||beaches, Mellisani cave/lake, Drongarati and Agalaki caves, various ruins above Grizata|