The Drogarati Caves (3km outside Sami) are a rare geological phenomenon with includes a large chamber of 65m x 45m and 20m in height. At a steady 18C this is a lovely place to visit and admire the stalactites and stalagmites on a hot day. Above ground there are two good cafes (with loo facilities) – one has a free open air pool to relax around when all that touring just gets too much.
The Melissani Cave (2km outside Sami) has a 39m deep underground lake, which you explore from a rowing boat – your guide is the boatman. An aperture in the roof of the cave gives the water the most amazing colours. Again, another cool place to visit on a hot summer’s day. There is a cafe and loo facilities, but not as pleasant as at the Drogarati Caves!
Both caves are open every day of the year.
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Driving time to Sami and the caves is approximately 45 mins.
There are just too many tavernas, bars and restaurants to mention or recommend in Kefalonia….if you want to eat locally (up to 5 mins drive) then Skala (main street and beach road) offers everything from pizzas to fine dining.
Poros (20 mins drive) has a range of tavernas offering Greek and Italian food in the main square overlooking the sea.
Sami (45 mins North of the villa) has a range of cafes and tavernas overlooking the marina.
Argostoli (45 mins West of the villa) is the capital of the island and has tavernas along the harbour road. The main town square has a range of restaurants and bars, where you can while away the time eating out under large umbrellas watching the world go by.
Between the villa and all the above locations are numerous villages, which also have a range of tavernas offering Greek, meat and seafood dishes. Don’t forget the little beach tavernas too – they usually offer a good range of snacks, salads and drinks and tend to be open from 9am to 5pm.
Many of the tavernas and restaurants cater for vegetarians – if you can’t see it on the menu, then just ask for vegetarian options.
If you feel you would like to explore Kefalonia on foot with experienced guides, then you could do no better than book a hiking tour with Explore Kefalonia. They offer everything from a 9km easy walk to a 17km more demanding hike between numerous points of the island and transportation to and from the villa.
For further information visit: www.explore-kefalonia.com
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Based near Sami in Kefalonia, Cornelia’s stables offer everything all year round from riding, dressage and jumping lessons to trekking in the stunning mountains, valleys and olive groves.
Her sturdy, well trained and gentle natured horses are well looked after Haflingers, who are bred to be sure-footed mountain horses and they are used to everyone from beginners to experienced riders.
For further information or to book, visit: www.kephalonia.com
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The Aquatic Scuba Diving Club is based in Agia Efimia - a beautiful village and marina north of the villa.
They pride themselves on being the premium diving club in Kefalonia and offer dives from Introductory dives to Qualified and Commercial dives. The club also offers a number of training courses from the Scuba Diver (PADI) course to the more advanced professional Divemaster course.
The Diving Club offers space on their diving trips for snorkelers who want to be a bit more adventurous – space is limited though as the divers get priority - so it’s a good idea to phone in advance.
For further information or to book, visit: www.aquatic.gr
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Driving time to Agia Efimia is approximately 1 hr.
The Dolphin Ski Club in Skala offer everything from small motorboats which you can hire to explore nearby secluded beaches, or jet skis to mess around on, or bananas/doughnuts and paragliding for the braver visitors!
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Or phone Makis on +30 20710 83066 / Mbl +30 6973 234692
Driving time to Skala approximately 5 mins.