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North East Kefalonia

North East Kefalonia holidays

Agia Efimia, Karavomilos & Sami - Transfer time 1 hour

Friendly Agia Efimia has, over the years, developed from a sleepy backwater into the colourful little port it is today. It has, however, lost none of its welcoming village feel, and enjoys an authentically Greek atmosphere. It is at the northern end of Sami Bay, and looks across to Ithaca.

To either side of the village are a number of dazzlingly white pebble coves and beaches which shelve into the clearest of water, making for fine swimming and snorkelling.

Sami, North East Kefalonia

Holidays In North East Kefalonia

The village has plenty of other restaurants and several café-bars lining the long quayside. There is often a flotilla in, adding to the convivial evening atmosphere. Small shops, mini-markets and the village bakery provide most things you should need. Motorboats can be hired and there is a diving school. Organised trips include the islands of Lefkas and Ithaca by boat and an island tour by coach.

7 kms to the south of Agia Efimia, via a further string of pristine white-pebble beaches, is Karavomilos. This small, quiet hamlet simply comprises four tavernas (some seasonal), mini-market, church and a (very good) bakery. Here you will find one of the island’s most interesting and beautiful attractions, the Melissani Lake. Discovered when the roof to the cave hiding the lake below collapsed, we'd recommend the small boat tour to learn about the water phenomenon in which sink holes from the coast of Argostoli somehow deliver water under the island to the lake.

From Karavomilos a pleasant 10 minute walk above the sea brings you to the larger port of Sami, which has a wide choice of tavernas, cafes and shops, and a very nice little shingle beach just beyond. Famous Antisami beach is 4 kms up and over the forested headland, a pleasant one hour walk. From Sami ferries run to Ithaca in as little as 20 minutes, making a day trip easy.

Agia Efimia, Karavomilos and Sami are fine bases from which to explore the whole of the north.

Good road links mean that Argostoli can be reached in under an hour, and the west coast in around 20 minutes (although please note that the north west coastal road to Assos and Fiscardo is currently closed for repair, entailing a detour through the hill villages). Local exploration is enjoyable on foot and our representative will be pleased to lend you a published local walking guide. One popular trail takes you across the island from Agia Efimia in the east to stunning Myrtos beach on the west coast - one of the most photographed beaches in Greece.

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