Kefalonia is still largely undeveloped and vast expanses of ‘untrod’ countryside await those wanting to explore by foot. However, getting reliable, up-to-date information about footpaths and tracks isn’t easy and, from what I’ve read, there aren’t any really useful maps available for walkers.
Leaflets produced by the local municipalities are sometimes available, such as the one detailing the beautiful walk through the fir trees from Tsikarisiano to Ainos, but aren’t always widely and may be simply re-printed year-to-year without taking in to account events, e.g. the fire which swept through Elios- Pronnoi region in July 2007 destroyed several of the bridges on the Pastra-Katelios walk and, so far as I’m aware, they’re still down as other work was more essential.
are also some good pamphlets produced locally by Jean Baker, e.g. the
Pastra – Katelios walk, an Old Skala walk, etc, available from some of
the local shops and peripteros.
There's information about walks in the Fiskardo area at Fiscardo.com
On walkingstories.com there's info on these walks: Piccolo Yiro (Argostoli / Lassi), Lixouri, Agia Efimia - Myrtos,
Sami - Agios Fanentes (also see below):
This is some information from the Municipality of Sami and published in a well-produced and informative small booklet entitled ‘Information Guide’, available from the Sami Tourist Office just behind the main port:
Hiking trail: Sami – Acropolis – AntiSamos
Follow the special signs (yellow marks on the trees and red on the rocks) and walk around the whole archaeological area of Sami, ending up at the beautiful AntiSamos beach. The path begins above the old parish church of Sami, where you will find a sign giving information. The entire walk should take you about eighty minutes and will lead you through dense greenery with wonderful views of Sami and Ithaka. The walk is of great natural and historical interest, a leaflet with instructions on the route is published by the Municipal Council. The route can be broken up into three parts:
1. Sami – Ag. Fanentes / Kyatis (40 minutes)
2. Sami – main ancient acropolis (20 minutes)
3. To AntiSamos beach (20 minutes)
As experienced ramblers will know:
wear comfortable 'sensible' anti-slip footwear
always take water and, ideally, a cell 'phone and contact numbers with you
always tell people where you're heading for, by which route and what time you expect to be back