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Lourdas Bay Kefalonia travel guide

Lourdas Bay is fringed by a three kilometre long beach of pale sand backed by steep wooded hills with the village of Lourdas or Lourdata lying inland from the beach

Lourdas is found on the south coast of Kefalonia and west of the big beach resort of Skala. The name not only refers to the resort village but to the whole area around here.

The main village is centred on a hillside spring but has expanded all over the hillside and now has lots of tourist accommodation. about 20 tavernas and two mini-markets as well as cafes and shops between the hotel and apartment blocks.

Lourdas is a clean and pleasant village some distance from the main road with much of the tourist accommodation build on wooded hillsides so that, although the buildings are bland the setting is very attractive indeed with great views over the bay.

The village and most of the tourist rooms are some distance from the sea and it is a steep climb from the beach below so ithe resort is not suitable for tourists with walking difficulties.

Lourdas beach is a long swathe of white sand and shingle backed by a dirt road and the drop into the sea is steep and deep so children should be supervised.

There are some good walks through the heavily wooded hillside, especially around the Monastery of Sission, and neighbouring Katsonas beach is only a short trek.