Traditional Village with a Tranquil Bay
Heading out of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, towards Poros and beneath the towering Mount Ainos, with its pine forest and cypress trees, lies the village of Vlachata, where there is a side road leading down to the main village of Lourdas, or Lourdata as it is sometimes known. It's a traditional village with a square shaded by a large plane tree, with small tavernas and music bars tucked into the streets surrounding the square, the road then drops down steeply in to a tranquil bay backed by vine-shaded restaurants.
Lourdas Bay is a quite good distance down from the village where you will find a handful of tavernas offering vegetables freshly grown on their allotments. The beach is kept clean and there is a lifeguard in attendance during the summer months. It's a Blue Flag beach with sand-and-shingle surface which shelves gently into the calm and sheltered clear waters, it does drop quite steeply as well as being deep so children should be supervised. The bay is edged with a grey cement sea wall, with a dirt track on top where a handful of tavernas comes together with the neighbouring Trapezaki to create a five kilometre stretch of beach. There are water sports, sun beds and umbrellas for rent, boat hire and taverns along the beach front for when you feel a little peckish.
Beyond the headland to the south is the cape at Kanastas which is reached by following a rough track from the nearby monastery. Kanastas has a small beach of sand and pebbles but no facilities. Further south still is another dirt track from the village of Thiramona to the quiet, cliff-backed sands at Koroni.
Lourdas essentially offers a quiet relaxed atmosphere with an excellent beach, fine views with scenic surrounds and it is a good place to relax. The beach is accessible by foot or car but due to the hilly nature of the resort it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties. Being quite a distance from the main road the village lacks a bus service and with the steep trek back from the beach, a hire car would be highly recommended.