Great little cars. We had one in Zante with a full electric sunroof and loved it so much we came back home and bought one!! We stayed in Sami and there was only one rental company that had one that had the full electric sunroof - Bombasto Sisters (or something like that). It cost us 90 euros for 3 days hire. You need a small narrow car for those winding roads. It was quite a tired car - 72k on the clock and neglected.. Beware - we returned the car and was told we'd put a dent in the door and tried to get some excess out of us (their charge is 250 euros). We argued it and she gave us an evil stare and let us go!!
We went 25th September -2nd October 2005. It was half and half of sunshine and cloud. There was a massive 4 hour thunder storm on night, but it didnt seem to clear the air for the next day!! Perhaps we were just unlucky as when we came on on 2nd October it was blue skies and white fluffy clouds.
Being at the end of September 2005, we caught the last sailing around the island. I was expecting some swimming stops so took my snorkel gear - unfortunately it was not to be. The old wooden boat was lovely. There were only about 40 of us on the boat so it was a comfortable day. We had two village stop offs - Vathi was very quaint and pleasant (nice craft bits to buy) and then Kioni (or something like that!) - just had restaurants there and had 2 hours to amuse ourselves. Had an expensive lunch there.
We stayed at the Yiannis Studios in Sami 25 Sept - 2nd Oct 05. It is set in a pleasant garden area with walnut and fig trees, palms - see picture. (with grape vines around the back!). The accommodation is small but is fine as a base. The walls are very thin!!, but the location is lovely. Its in shaded gardens so you have to move the chair around to find the sun!! The shower room was quite small and it you have mobility problems I would advice not to use as you have to angle yourself out of the shower cubicle. On the downside, don't know if it was the cleaners slacking off at the end of the season but we only had our bins changed once during our stay - not great considering what goes in them. Sarah the Thomas Cook Rep was helpful. It's about a 20 walk along the roadside to the harbour and 3 euros in a taxi back. You are just off the main road so when the ferries come in you hear to traffic (not too bad though). You need a car to get to a decent beach (Anti Samos). You have use of the Hotel Pericules facilities but we didnt. Nice basic place to stay.