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.
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.