Dionysis Restaurant - (Restaurants in Lourdas)

Lorraine J           

In our opinion this is the best taverna in town.  Very friendly service and excellent food, no matter what we ordered.  We ate here several times, and my husband said it had the best house wine (red) in town.  The Greek music (Monday's weekly) provided a relaxing and intimate atmosphere.  We firest ate here on a Monday evening so the live music was an unexpected bonus.  However, the menu on a Monday is more limited due to the higher number of people they have, and the services is slower, although we were not bothered by this as we had such a lovely evening. 

The waitress also said to us on our departure that if we wanted a lift to and from our apartment to eat at the taverna they would arrange this for us.  However, we were so full we were grateful for the walk afterwards to walk down our meal and admire the beautiful starry sky.  And if you really can't get be bothered to go, they deliver too!

Delfinia Apartments - (Accommodation in Lourdas)

Lorraine J           

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Booked last minute online with First Choice, it was quite a bargain, so we had low expectations.  In fact the reality proved very different - it was our ideal place - set in a quiet area with the most fantastic 180 degree sea view overlooking Zante - breathtaking.  The studio was basic, but as to be expected in Greece - and we even had a shower curtain! (which is not the norm in Greece).  The large electric fan provided relief from the heat during the night (apparently some other apartments don't provide fans or air con and had to be hired!) The kitchinette was basic, but was sufficient for preparing breakfast and packed lunches.  Even though it is a quiet area, it is only a 5 minute walk to the nearest tavernas and shops.  The Delfinia is surrounded by mostly olive trees, and only a couple of nearby apartments, with only occasional noise from people using the nearby pool.  The layout was 3 units on each floor and because of the design the balconies were not overlooked by eachother, and felt very private too, and provided a small table chairs to enjoy the view and clothes airer.

Delfinia has quite a steep path directly down to the beach, or you can go the longer less steep path following the main road.  However, I had a knee injury prior to our holiday, and we had hired a car for the whole week (picking it up from the airport) so this wasn't a problem, and we were able to zip up and down the beach in air conditioned luxury.  I can imagine it would be a very hard hot walk otherwise, as there is not much shade.  Even including the hire car, this was the best value enjoyable Greek holiday I think we have ever had.
 
We were also surprised to have house-martins nesting outside our front door!

July - (Best Time to Visit Kefalonia)

Lorraine J           

We went to Lourdas for a week commencing 8th July.  It was hot, probably low 30s.  Even though I like the sun and hot weather we were definitely glad we took a beach umbrella to provide shade.  It also meant we were saving money not hiring one every day, and could choose a quiet spot to sit away from the crowded 'lines' of beds and parasols.  We also took the beach umbrella with us in the hire car when we ventured out and about and enabled us to enjoy beaches with no beds and umbrellas without getting sunburn.  They are available to buy in local shops if you don't already have one to take with you, but I would highly recommend one.

Lourdas Resort - (Resorts on Kefalonia)

Lorraine J           

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Quiet and laid back, Lourdas is a place for people that like the 'real' Greece - not too touristy.  My advice is to make sure you wander further afield than the main street for your choice of taverna, there are some real gems if you walk a little further.  We stayed at the Delifinia apartments, and went both ways  - to the Crystal Palace and the Olive Tree in Trapezaki direction, and downhill to Dionysos in the other.

There are a couple of good supermarkets for self-catering, providing both fresh milk and fresh bread as well as a good selection of everyday food and gifts.  The beach is so long, you should be able to find a quiet spot if you have your own beach umbrella.  We also loved the hazy views of Zante across the sea.
 
Highly recommended unless you want a lively nightlife (which we didn't!).  There are a couple of bars, but they don't intrude on the village atmosphere.