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Circular walk from Sami to Agios Fanentes Monastery, Kefalonia, Greece

Summary

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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Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne

View of Sami from the monastery

View of Sami beach from the monastery (the view was featured in the guidebook, and this made me want to climb up to it)

Key Facts

Location Above Sami , Kefalonia
When it was walked October 2005
Walk type mostly easy countryside and hills, but track steep and rough in places
Difficulty moderate fitness and suitable footwear required
Distance approx about 7 km / 4 miles
Height climbed approx 200m / 700 ft in the shade
Time taken approx about 2 hours plus lunch break
Map used if any 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.
Source of info on walk 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
Places to eat/ buy food Small supermarkets in Sami at start of the walk
Other local attractions beaches, Mellisani cave/lake, Drongarati and Agalaki caves, various ruins above Grizata