Kefalonia Villa & Beach Life in your own Kefalonia Villa
Waking up on a summer morning in your Kefalonia Villa and opening the balcony door of your bedroom to find a spectacular sea view, that is even better than any photo
Kefalonia, Greece. (PRUnderground) April 11th, 2012
Waking up on a summer morning in your Kefalonia Villa and opening the balcony door of your bedroom to find a spectacular sea view, that is even better than any photo you can imagine, is what it is all about when staying in Lourdas. The village of Lourdas ( Lourdata ) is terraced down the hillside between Mt Athos & the sea, therefore no matter where you are there is always a view of the sea.
I know it may be very hard to pull yourself away from your comfortable Kefalonia Villa with such great views & tranquil surroundings, so luckily only a short walk away are a couple of mini markets (I like Petros’) which is well stocked & where the staff are very pleasant. There is a great choice of restaurants & tavernas right in Lourdas. The owner of seaside taverna, Blue Sea is the brother of Hariklia (the owner of our Villa Marianna), so do mention that you are staying at Hariklia’s house – as the saying goes it is who you know in Greek villages, not what! J I had been there several times before knowing it was a relative’s of Hariklia’s and the food was good without mentioning anything! A great lunch of squid, salad & tzatziki can be consumed here while looking out to the sea as far as Zakynthos Island and I was amazed at how quiet it was even in September…
Another great place is Lorainnes’ Restaruant which is set in on the bluff above the beach & it’s a family run place who use their produce from their own vegetable patch below. Which to me is the perfect ingredient when making wholesome & delicious food.
If walking up or down to the beachof Lourdas from you Kefalonia Villa , you will pass through the “eye of the village”, the old cafeneon, Platanos. It is so picturesque & cool sitting under the tall plane trees & seeing the sparkling sea in the distance. Despite its beautiful position, it is well worth a stop for a coffee or other refreshment, just to see the inside of this café. On my last trip at the end of the season , it was a great discovery. The highlight was meeting Thornton, a tall Welsh-born gentleman who is married to the daughter of the local cafeneon owner & who has lived in Kefalonia for many years. It is always nice meeting another foreigner who has over 20 years inGreecelike me. Well Thornton is now considered a local even if he doesn’t look very Greek after so many years & he has been slowly redesigning the interior of the cafeneon. His collection of various antiques include bottles, scales, lanterns & telephones and many other items all of which are on display in the shop and at the rear of the shop in the ‘tea room’ which, by the way, has a superb view down to the sea. Years ago, this was the original centre of the village before all the new houses & villas started popping up on the hillside. I liked the fact that Thornton is trying to bring a keep bit of culture into this modern village. Just outside the Platanos Café is the taxi station, in case you decide to leave the keys at home & enjoy a night out without having to drive.
So the hill up and down to the beach may keep you fit on holiday, if you don’t use your car, but if you would like an easier path to walk on, try the walk to Agia Paraskevi ,which isn’t too far nor too steep, from your Kefalonia Villa .
For a bit of sight-seeing, the spectacular St.George’s Castle is towering on the hillside & only about 10mins drive away from Lourdas. It is well worth the short trip up the hill to enjoy the amazing panoramic views around the island. A short cut across the island from Lourdas leads you to the east side of the island at Sami, where you can see theDrogarati Cave & take a boat ride in the Melissani Cave. To get there you pass by the St Gerasimos Monastery, known for its great Robola wine.
If you are looking for some water sports then head south of Lourdas to the busy resort of Skala which has a lovely sandy beach, if you don’t mind a lot of people. But if you prefer the more intimate beaches, try St Thomas beach or Trapezaki beach both are small beaches with just a few sunbeds & a taverna. By far, in my opinion, Lourdas beach is superior of them.
If you are looking to do nothing but just relaxing & hanging around the poolside at your Kefalonia Villa then you should stock up the fridge at one of the large supermarkets which are just 15mins drive away outside Argostoli. All the amenities are close at hand if you chose to stay local in Lourdas there even is a baker, petrol station & post office which is located at the top part of Lourdas on the main road.
I am sure after a holiday in Lourdas you will return home not only feeling very relaxed & refreshed plus you will be taking with you some great memories of super views, warm locals & good food. Enjoy!
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