Holidays in
Lourdata

A sleepy village by the sea

Set in one of the biggest bays on the Greek island of Kefalonia, Lourdata holidays provide a mile of fine white sand and aquamarine, crystal-clear water, making it the perfect place to unwind and spend the day soaking up the sun. This little village at the foot of Mount Ainos consists of a smattering of cafés, family-run tavernas and a historic church.

Holidays to Lourdata give you the opportunity to hike to the summit of the mountain through thick forest where, during certain times of the year, the floor is carpeted in purple flowers. This lush woodland is also home to wildlife, including wild horses, eagles and badgers. At the end of an energetic day, head to one of the beachfront tavernas and sample the Greek delicacies, a few of which are locally produced, as many restaurants grow their own figs and tomatoes. You’ll want to return to Lourdata for the beef stifado alone.

Your Lourdata questions, answered

There isn’t much in the way of nightlife in Lourdata, although the beachfront taverns often host themed Greek evenings, with dancing and traditional bouzouki music.

The village is great for families looking to explore rural Greece. You can rent kayaks and pedalos or spot eagles on Mount Ainos.

Temperatures peak in the mid-30s during July and August. Spring and autumn are fantastic times to come on a walking retreat, as the weather is cooler.

Best things to do in Lourdata

Try the pie

Despite its small size, Lourdata has some fantastic restaurants. Look out for the traditional Kefalonian meat pie filled with melt-in-your-mouth lamb, rice and herbs.

Visit a winery

The surrounding countryside is home to a number of vineyards, where you can sample the produce of winemakers specialising in Cabernet Sauvignon and Robola grape varieties.

Scale a mountain

The tallest mountain in the Ionian Islands, Mount Ainos, is worth spending a day exploring the various hiking trails – be sure to wear sturdy shoes.