Loudas Bay is one of the largest in Kefalonia and fringed by a long beach of pale gritty sand beneath a steep pine-forested hillside. The resort of Lourdas, also called Lourdata, lies on the south coast of Kefalonia just west of Katelios and Skala. There is a three kilometre beach of white sand and pebble, the hillside village inland and the surrounding woodland.
Lourdas can also refer to a large area of the countryside, including the village of Vlahata above, and much of the area is dotted with tourist accommodation.
The main village of Lourdas has grown up around a hillside spring but, as a resort, it is very spread out with many tavernas, a couple of bars and two mini-markets interspersed with hotels and apartment blocks.
Lourdas is a clean and pleasant enough village, notably quiet as it is not near a main road, so all traffic tends to be local.
It is a not unattractive village, although the architecture can be uninspiring. The growth in tourist accommodation and tourist services has given it an increasingly bland air but the central area is attractive and well shaded by large plane trees.
Lourdas village is also some distance from the sea and, although apartment brochures boast extensive views, they rarely mention the steep and tiresome climb up from the beach below — universally dubbed 'a killer'.
Lourdas beach is a long and grubby swathe of sand and shingle backed by a dirt road. It falls steeply into the sea so children should be supervised.
The beach is so big it rarely gets crowded and many prefer to drive to nearby Trapezaki beach.There are some pleasant walks through the forested hillside and more along the coast towards the Monastery of Sission and Katsonas beach.
Being cut off from the main road the village lacks a decent bus service and, what with the steep trek back from the beach, most tourists rely on a car to get about.
Kefalonia is not just a holiday island of sea and sand, it also has some very impressive monasteries that are not only in delightful settings but also house some important relics.
The word 'stunning' is often overused in the world of travel writing. Very few vistas can be described as truly stunning, but the fortress at Assos is certainly a contender.
The Castle of St George or Agios Giorgios is one of the best known and most visited historic sites on the Greek holiday island of Kefalonia with panoramic views in all directions.
At Melissani Lake cave in Kefalonia light streams through an open roof to a shimmering blue lake of almost ethereal beauty. Melissani Lake is an astonishing sight at any time.