Muses Cafe - (Bars in Lourdas)

Jodie P           

Muses was the prettiest of the bars we tried, in a nice setting, but with no view to speak of (Astra and Famous Cocktail bar up the hill had great sea views).  Cocktails were good, prices pretty standard everywhere, about 5euro for a cocktail.  Famous Cocktail Bar a bit more expensive at 6 euro.  This bar relies too much on Sky sports, which ruins it in my book.  Always very quiet too, probably as it was september, often we were the only ones there.

Astra in the main ersort was nice enough, nice mellow music and no sports on thankfully.  Drinks same sort of price.  Fanmous Cocktail bar in between these two, down the hill from the resort, was ok, far too loud though, and the most pricey.  Not much atmosphere sadly, but a gorgeous view from the roof terrace.  Cheap pint of Mythos though, at 2eiru 50, not bad!  I would say all these bars would be nice and buzzing in peak season, without being lairy, and exept for constant sky sports at Muses.  Did not try any of the cocktail bars down on the beach, as too far to walk for a night out, so can't comment on those.  But plenty of vbars if you want to stay in the resort.

Lourdas Beach - (Beaches on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Nice ebach, a little shingly witha bit of noise from the road running behind.  plenty of sunbeds, average 6euro per day, not the cheapest.  A little overcrowded for my liking but a decent beach overall, the water was lovely and is shallow for a good distance.  Dont be put off by reviews about the walk from the village, it is NOT that bad!  You can get a bus back anyway, but it is only about 25 min walk back with bars on the way, and fine if you wait till it is cooler in the evening.  yes it is a bit steep, but manageable, and think of the treats you can have to compensate after the exercise!

Anti Samos Beach - (Beaches on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  We found this beach by chance driving from sami, what a pretty little cove, set in fir trees and hills to the rear.  It is all pebbles, which is a bit painful, but a lovely beach, with good swimming if you can get over the stones to get in the water!  Plenty of fish, and generally a lovely setting makes this the prettiest beach we saw on the whole trip.  Lots of parking, lack of toilets or taverna though, although there is a caravan selling snacks at the end.  The wasps are LITTLE BUGGERS, so many of them!  Definitely try this beach.

Assos Beach - (Beaches on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Assos is a lovely little cove, totally unspoilt by mass tourism, although maybe too quiet for a long stay.  Just a few waterfront tavernas which a reasonably priced, and in a beautiful setting, perfect to get away for a day or two,  The beach is pebble, a bit tricky, but a nice small beach with hardly any sunbeds, bonus!  What he hell is posing potential about, it is hard to pose when you are truing to walk on rocks and almost falling over! Definitely try Assos.

Trapezaki Beach - (Beaches on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

This beach made our holiday, we came here most days.  It is really not a bad walk there, with a bus back at 5.00 so you can get a full day here easily.  It is a really pretty walk here too.  A gorgeous beach, small and intimate, with not too many sunbeds.  Tehse were a bit expensive though, at 7euro each.  the bar is nice, playing chilled music, there is one taverna which is nice and quite reasonable, with the most clean toilets i have ever seen, rare on a beach.  the sand is lovely, fine and golden, the sea is shallow for ages and  great for swimming and relaxing.  There is a lovely backdrop of trees to this beach which makes it a perfect relaxing day, definitely woth several visits, and preferable to Lourdas beach, which is shingly and a bit noisy.  Dont know about posing, I often had sand in my pants!

 
 

Sunbird - (Car Rental on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Think their prices were cheaper than average, about 90 euro for 3 days with excess of 200euro.  We did not hire a car from here, but I enjoyed walking past and making enquiries, as the man who runs this place is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!  Possibly the most handsome man I have ever seen!!  Go and see!  very friendly and professional too.

Neptune - (Car Rental on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

This place is out of the way, down the hill in the smaller village of Lourdata, but worth a hike, as it is the cheapest place in the whole resort.  A daewoo Matiz, ideal for 2 people, was only 25euro a day, and you are aboe to take it for only 2 days if you wish - everywhere else had a 3 day minimum and was about 90-100 eoro, this cost us 50.  Friendly service and definitely worth using, i highly recommend.

September - (Best Time to Visit Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

September is not a bad time to visit, as things are getting quieter, but just enough life to keep you entertained.  Wouldnt want it much quieter though - although most restaurants are full at night, cocktail bars are completely empty.  Far fewer children though, which can be a bonus if you want a quiet tim eround the pool.

 
Weather hot in the first week (we stayed 11-25 Sept), with one big thunderstorm.  Second week was mild but quite changeable, a little more cloudy and more rain, about 3 days fully overcast.  dont know if this is usual or not for the time of year.  The sea in the 2nd week was much choppier with the wind, and not that warm. 

Lourdas - (Exchange Rates on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

There is no cash machine here and no bank which is a pain, but most car rental places in the resort offering about 2% comission, not bad.  We mostly used Ford car rental for money exchange.

Lourdas Resort - (Resorts on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Lourdas is a quiet resort with no visible development going on which is good news.  It is made up of 2 villages, Vlahata up the hill and Lourdata (much prettier) down the hill.  Yes the hill is steep but is not beyond you if you are slightly fit - just attempt it in the cooler part of the day and stop at the bars along the way (any excuse!)  There are buses in between the 2 beaches, that will get you to the beach about 11 and pick you up at 5 so it is not essential to have a car just to get to the beach.  The beaches are both nice, but we found Trapezaki the best - chilled out and small with no nearby traffic, and only a few sunbeds (7 euro a set though, 6 at Lourdas beach.).  But it is a much prettier and less crowded beach, although both have lovely shallow water. 

 
There are lovely views from Vlahata as it is up a cliff.  Nightlife is taverna based, with a good selection, but you may struggle to get a place that is not serving chips with everything.  There is 1 down the hill in Lordata that is very traditional). Only 3 bars in the resort, no discos or clubs.  One taverna attempting karaoke one night but not too loud.  there are all the ammenities you will need exept a bank which is a pain.  Very friendly locals who appreciate the effort to speak even a tiny bit of Greek, and are fiercly proud of their island, quite rightly so.

Casa de Blue Restaurant - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Jodie P           

I cant believe the poor reviews of this place, the food was really good, and we are both real "foodies", not the burger and chips type.  The fish barbeque was exellent, so was the mousaka and the veal stifado, all served piping hot, and good sized portions.  Yes they try and get you in off the street but were not obtrusive at all.  Staff were wonderfully friendly and we had the most fun we had in a restaurant there, chatting and laughing - this place has a really fun atmosphere thanks to the owner Marinos, who is really friendly.  Yes he is a bit letchy, but with his wife sitting there you get the impression it is not for real, just part of the fun, dont take it too seriously.  Lots of delicious free appetizers and fruits or dessert, this place represents really good value.  Very popular and always busy.   I dont know what people expect, as English is not the fiirst language of these people, but I found they made a real effort to be friendly.  Definitely give this place a go and see for yourself, try not to be put off by the reviews. I think from what I read, things have really improved with the food, as we found it excellent.  Good enough to go back a few times, and the good news is no chips with anything unlike a lot of places!

Dionysis Restaurant - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Jodie P           

This place was great, the best place we ate at, good enough to come back to 4 times.  You wont see a chip on the menu!  It had the best selection of traditional greek food of any place we saw, you could eat a different Greek dish every night for 2 weeks - everyone seems to be complaining about the pasta, why eat pasta in greece?  I always think a safe bet is traditional greek food as it would be cooked better.   The kleftico had my husband addicted, and the roast pork did the same to me.  Fantastic Meat pie and exellent hot appetisers.  Could not fault the food at this place, it was delicious, exeptional.  Local wine was good, so was the home made Retsina, and cheap too.  Only offputting thing was the amount of starving cats begging at the tables,they really looked in a bad way.  Really cant find anytrhing bad to say about this place, it was a foodies paradise. 

Greek Islands - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Jodie P  (October 25, 2005)         

Disappointing.  It was crowded and we seemed to get forgotten - we waited 1.5 hours for a main course!  Got a free drink to compensate, but poor all the same.  the food was not great, a bit cold and very English in style - poor selection of greek dishes, and can get enough chipps at home, do not come to Greece to get chips on everything.  They do have fresh fish some nights though, which is something.

La Mer Restaurant - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Jodie P           

Not bad at all, although we only ate here once, as we were put off by the fact that they have Sky sports on every night as you eat.  Fish was good, service was good - found the menu a little Alglified though.  But a lovely setting to eat in - the only place you have to wait for a table!  Pretty good meal over all. 

Spiros Restaurant - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Jodie P           

The staff here were extremely friendly and will try to teach you a bit of Greek.  The food was ok, the moussake was erally goos, so were the meatballs.  very erasonably priced.  sadly has given in to an English menu and does not offer too many traditional greek items, but still well cooked and well presented.  Did not live up to all the hype for me though sadly.

Doodles - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Jodie P  (October 25, 2005)         

Bit disappointing, everything came with chips and very small portions.  Beautiful view from the etrrace though .  Local wine was a bit poor, overall not the best place we tried, typical of an Anglified Greek restaurant.

Penelopes (the boat) - (Restaurants in Skala)

Jodie P           

This is a beautiful restaurant and definitely worth a visit, just a short walk out of Skala, and set in a beautiful old ship on the side of the road overlooking the ocean, which is very romantic, and you will see a lovely sunset from there.  Tried the roast lamb, it was a bit tough, but masses of meat.  the kleftico also looked really good.  The service is great here with a lovely atmosphere - diefinitely wort having a meal here.

Fiskardo - (Resorts on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

A really beautiful place but a little bit overrated.  The only place where we were told we couldnt eat unless we had booked, and quite expensive too.  Gorgeous setting with all the yauchts, very san tropez!Lots of original pre-earthquake buildings left too which is interesting.  Great views of Ithaca just 200m away, and a very classy and stylish place to visit.   

Assos - (Resorts on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Assos is a pretty village to visit for a day or two but a  bit quiet as a place to stay.  It is in a pretty cove with a nice harbour, very green, pretty and picturesque, with a lot of charm still.  There are a couple of nice tavernas on the harbour worth a visit.   

Drogarati Cave - (Places to Visit on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Very dramatic and well preserved, although a few slatactites broken.  Shame about all the people as this hinders photo opportunities, but well worth a visit.  Only 3.50 to get in too, bargain.  More impressive than the underground lake.  

Melissani Lake - (Places to Visit on Kefalonia)

Jodie P           

Definitely worth seeing but not that dramatic really, quite small.  Pretty reflections though, and the boatmen will give you good commentary on the history of the lake.  Only 2.50 to get in as well, so really is a bargain, and only up the road from the caves.  Much less dramatic than Drogarati though.

Aristomenis Studios - (Accommodation in Lourdas)

Jodie P           

Excellent, this was one of the most relaxing places we have ever stayed in, with fantastic views of the sea from our room.  Rooms were new and well equipped, with clean newly tiled bathrooms, bathmats and shower curtains.  Only complaint was that cleaning and bins are only done twice a week, and you only get 1 roll of loo roll per week, non negotiable I'm afraid!

 
The pool was lovely, but a bit deep, although the pool bar is the most expensive i have even seen, with a very anglified menu.  Drinks were extortionate also, but half price on monday nights, when you can get a beer for 3 eoro (!!). But there is a supermarket over the road if you dont mind eating in your room/balcony. Stelios and eleni were friendly, helpful and chatty, and a great locationn in terms of shops, restaurants etc.  This place is well maintained and they take a lot of pride in the gargens etc.  You will have  a great, relaxing  holiday here, we did.