It’s easy to see why our Villas in Lourdas (or Lordata), squeezed in between the pine trees on the foothills of Mount Aenos and the beautiful sandy beach fringing the coast line, has grown of recent years into a select holiday resort boasting many Villas in Lourdas. A handful of tavernas offer traditional Greek hospitality and with a few mini-markets and small tourist shops, the scene is set for a relaxed holiday. It’s a charming village with a laid back atmosphere. At the centre of the village is a shady plane tree set close to the old wash house, which makes for a cool and pleasant place for the old time residents of the village to meet, take a coffee from the little cafe close by and generally exchange local gossip.
500m downhill, the beach below the village is backed by allotments growing a profusion of fruits and vegetables, the long stretch of shallow shelving sand make it ideal for families with small children. Alongside the beach a few tavernas serve snacks and drinks throughout the day and make a romantic venue for evening meals with locally caught fish on the menu, served with vegetables from their own allotments. Klimatis Taverna is one of these and is to be highly recommended, serving the freshest of food in a setting right by the beach where the sea view tables and chairs are laid out under a canopy of vines. It’s an experience you will want to repeat. We also particularly like Lorraine’s Magic Hill taverna set in a garden on the hill just above the beach. The view over the patchwork of small gardens down to the coast, where the 2 kilometres of sand and stones slide into the aquamarine waters, is pretty special.
Along the coast either side of Lourdas are several smaller bays and coves, some quite undeveloped with no facilities and ideal for getting away from it all. It is a lovely walk to head west over the headland, location of the Lithero Taverna, and keep going west along the quiet sandy beaches, where in some places, swimwear is optional. Kanali beach is a good place to stop for a swim. There are a few outcrops of rock to scramble over but it’s generally an easy walk of about 2.5kms to your arrival at Trapezaki, which you’ll find, will have made the walk worthwhile. Here you’ll find a picture book shell shaped beach of gently shelving sand, perfect for families with young children. There’s a pretty harbour for small boats to tie up. Dennis’ Taverna serves food all day, with an evening ‘gourmet’ recipe, more than a cut above that which you would normally expect at a beach side taverna. A small bus makes the trip backward and forwards during the summer between Trapezaki and Lourdas, so you could opt for a ride back. It is worthwhile just confirming beforehand whether the bus is running and the timetable.
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A little further west, St Thomas beach sits below a beach bar serving cooling drinks and some traditional food. This is a small beach so in summer you need to get here early for space on the sand (no sun beds) but there is also a rocky platform with a ladder for swimming. A footpath leads around a headland to another stretch of mixed sand and rock.
Midway between the main town of Argostoli and the resort of Skala, Lourdas is well placed for exploring the whole of the south coast and even a trip up to Fiskardo in the north will take no more than an hour and a half. For sand, sea, great tavernas and a generally relaxing time, Lourdas fits the bill.