Kefalonia differs from other Greek islands. Fertile valleys planted with vineyards and olive groves are the setting for hundreds of villages, churches and monasteries. Small coves with pebbles and soft sand dot the island's extensive coastline. Stalactites and stalagmites can be admired in Drogarati cave and the overhead sun creates ever-changing colours in the underground lake of Melissani. Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the southern coasts of the island and flocks of rare birds nest in Koutavos lagoon at Argostoli. Kefalonia is truly a place of rare natural beauty.

The municipality of Sami lies on the east coast of Kefalonia and has a population of 2,297 and an area of 129,326 stremmas. The coastal town of Sami is the island's main port. The region combines an extensive coastal zone as well as a fascinating hinterland. Among the beaches of particular beauty are Antisamos, Paliouras and the small lake of Karavomilos, in which end up part of the underground waters from the swallow holes of Katavothres near Argostoli.

Sami is a region with fascinating geological features. To date, a total of seventeen caves and swallow holes have been recorded, which have revealed much about the prehistory of the region. Today, two of these caves are open to the public: the cave-lake of Melissani at Karavomilos and Drogarati cave on the road to the village of Haliotata.

Agrilion Monastery stands on the heights above the beach of Antisamos and looks out towards Ithaca and the Gulf of Patras. Set against the fir-clad mountain of Ainos, with its endemic Kefalonian fir trees, the monastery is an ideal place to enjoy splendid views.

Apart from the town of Sami, the municipality includes a host of villages with well-tended houses and yards choked with flowers.

The wonders of Kefalonian nature are evident in every corner of the municipality of Sami.

    
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