Sami is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
2019 Dimos Samis.png
Coordinates: 38°15′N 20°39′E / 38.250°N 20.650°E / 38.250; 20.650Coordinates: 38°15′N 20°39′E / 38.250°N 20.650°E / 38.250; 20.650
Administrative regionIonian Islands
Regional unitCephalonia
 • Municipality291.2 km2 (112.4 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit129.3 km2 (49.9 sq mi)
 • Municipality
 • Municipality density18/km2 (46/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density18/km2 (47/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Vehicle registrationΚΕ

Sami (Greek: Σάμη) is a town and a municipality on the island of Cephalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2019 local government reform it is one of the three municipalities on the island.[2] It is located on the central east coast of the island. The municipality has an area of 291.2 km2 and the municipal unit (the pre-2010 municipality) has an area of 129.326 km².[3] The 2011 census recorded a population of 2,341 in the municipal unit, and 5,204 in the municipality in its post-2019 extension. Its population was 2,341 at the 2011 census. Its municipal seat is the town of Sámi (pop. 1,025). Its next largest towns are Karavomylos (385), Grizáta (362) and Digaleto (316).

West of town is the Melissani Cave, a major tourist attraction; boat tours are offered.


Following the Kapodistrias reform of 1997, the community of Sami was united with the surrounding communities Grizata, Karavomylos, Poulata, Pyrgi and Chaliotata to form the larger municipality of Sami.[4] As a result of the 2010 Kallikratis Programme, this municipality became a municipal unit of the municipality of Kefalonia, which covered the whole island.[5] In 2019 three new municipalities were formed on the island, including Sami.[2]

The municipality of Sami consists of the following municipal units (former municipalities):[2]

The municipal unit of Sami is subdivided into the following communities:[5]


View of Sami
View of Sami

Sami Province (Greek: Επαρχία Σάμης) was one of the provinces of Cephalonia Prefecture. Its territory corresponded with that of the current municipality Sami.[6] It was abolished in 2006.


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ a b c "Τροποποίηση του άρθρου 1 του ν. 3852/2010" [Amendment of Article 1 of l. 3852/2010] (in Greek). Government Gazette. p. 1164.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  4. ^ "EETAA local government changes". Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform law".
  6. ^ "Detailed census results 1991" (PDF). (39 MB) (in Greek and French)