Lourdata (or Lurdata) – a cute, cosy town is located on the road winding along the west coast of Kefalonia. This road leads from Skala, sheltered at the southern end of the island, to Fiscardo, situated in its north. The locals claim that the name of the town comes from the English word "lord" and means the place, where the lords used to live. When the island was under the rule of the British, Lourdata became a favourite holiday place of British aristocracy, lords. The village twined by greenery is still very charming in our days. The Lourdas bay (or Lurdas) will impress you with its warm and friendly milky-blue waters and a long beach coastline strewn with small whitish pebbles.
The original taverns will offer traditional cuisine of unique taste as well as a popular Italian pizza and spaghetti. In the evenings, you are sure to enjoy Greek music and dances arranged by hospitable hosts of the restaurants.
At the foot of the majestic Mount Enos (Ainos), cosy Lourdata houses are loose scattered on a rather steep cliff towering over the sea. As to the town, it is very well located being only 14 km from the airport and 16 km from the capital of Kefalonia - Argostoli. It is equally easy to get to the famous Myrtos beach, Poros and Sami, where you can take a ferry to nearby Ithaca. Quite close to Lourdata, there is Pessada village with a secluded, incredibly nice beach. From Pessada, a small ferry runs regularly to the picturesque island of Zakynthos (Zante).
The neighbourhood of Lourdata is a great place for hiking. You can go along the beach northwards to the nearest villages. You will not be able to resist the temptation of taking a swim in the bays that you will pass, admire the ruins of ancient buildings, and sunbathe on a wild beach along the way. Be careful, although, as the road may take you several hours. Beside that, be sure to remember that the "comeback to civilization" can only be possible if you either reverse to the starting point or reach the next town, because the break towering like an amphitheatre over the seashore almost does not provide you with any chance to get to the top.
To the south of the Lourdata, there is the Sissia monastery. Not far from the new monastery, there lie the ruins of the old one destroyed by an earthquake. A gravel road leads on, down to the sea. Following it, you will get to a wild beach with scenic coastline and boulders.
Above Lourdata, on top of the Mount Enos, there is a nature reserve, where you can see wild horses. The panorama opening from above is fascinating – the coastline rugged with coves and bays has a clear silhouette against the bright blue sea, black pines contrast with the soft, almost white rock, and eagles soaring beneath your feet add unreality to what is happening!
We are sure that Lourdata will not leave you indifferent - its friendliness and the warmth of our hearts will allow you to fully enjoy the happy staying in this glorious, blessed place!