We weren't staying in Lourdas but we did go and visit. We thought the resort was horrible- terrible for the elderly or disabled. It was just a huge hill that was very very steep
However, the beach was ok although not overly impressive. It was too big and too much effort to get there.
We were staying in Svoronata and took the car up to Fiskardo. It takes about an hour and a half but it is well worth it. The road up there has some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see in your life but it is a bit scary with many sheer drops into the sea!
Fiskardo has a lovely little port and original architecture from before the 1953 earthquake. Beware of pricey shops. Go to Irida's cafe for breakfast on the harbour, costs a little more but well worth it
We stayed in Svoronata for two weeks and really enjoyed it. It is not your typical package holiday resort- more of a sprawling Greek village. How many holiday resorts have chickens, sheep and cockrels waking you up in the mornings?
There are three local beaches, Avithos, Al Helis and Ammes. We were staying at the Marketos Apartments and Avithos and Al Helis were about 25 minutes walk away (although Avithos takes longer on the way back because it is up hill). Ammes takes about 40 to 45 minutes. It is very near the airport and the planes fly in over your head(very few a day though). They are all lovely but beware of the 80 steps down to Al Helis. It is very hard to choose a favourite but I did really like Avithos.
There isn't much nightlife in Svoronata, it is extremely peaceful and relaxing. There are a few bars and restaurants. Not at lot of restaurants but you could walk further to the ones on Avithos and Ammes beach. We ate in Argostoli a couple of times. Dum Spiros Spero is opposite the Marketos Apartments and is nice with friendly staff. All restaurants in the area were nice but I would particularly recommend Fois and the Garden. A nice bar is the Esmeralda pool bar at the Marketos apartments.
Not fantastic for shopping, I suggest Poros as presents are cheap.
Svoronata is a charming village surrounded with olive trees, lime trees, lemon trees, pompegranite trees and vineyards.
You would be mad not to like it!
Sorry, but forgot to add to my previous comment that car or motorbike hire is definitely needed if you want to see the island which is just to pretty to miss!!
We stayed at the Marketos Apartments for two weeks and loved every minute of it. The apartments are run by a Greek family who can't do enough for you. They are the most friendly and helpful people you will meet.
Voula (who runs the apartments), her husband Mikey, her children, Dennis, Costas and Esme, her mum and her nieces, Mia and Maria are amazing people who are constantly trying to make sure you have a great hoilday.
Voula and Mia work especially hard for you. Voula is always asking after you and checking you are ok. She will tell you all about Kefalonia and do everything for you like booking taxis. Mia is always working in the pool bar during the day and making breafasts and lunches. She does the nicest toast.
Voula runs a welcome night on sundays and a barbeque night on thursdays. Her mum does all the cooking and I have never tasted food as delicious as her's. Her potatoes are absolutely fantastic. After all the wonderful food (all free!), Voula entertains you with Greek dancing which is great fun! Her nieces dance too and one night Dennis even did as well! Voula has unbelieveable energy and does her best to get everyone to join in dancing (especially the Greek dances).
The pool is lovely and big with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. It is surrounded with lemon trees.There are only 12 apartments so the pool is never over crowded.
There are 8 studios and 4 one bedroom apartments. They are spacious and clean. The maids come everyday and even do your washing up!
We had a lovely view from our balcony of the mountains.
We had a fantastic time and miss Voula and everyone very much. We wouldn't hesitate to go again.
Svoronata has three beaches.All of which are very safe for children and swimming. They are all sandy so not at all painful (except when they are very hot in the midday sun). You can walk out for miles because the sand slopes down very gradually. On all the beaches, an umbrella and two sunbeds costs about 8euros.
Ammes beach is nice and you can walk especially far into the sea here. But the planes fly in over your head which may bother some people, although we didn't mind as it is interesting and there are very few a day.
Avithos is a fantastic beach, similar to Ammes but without the planes.
Al Helis is nice but the sand is darker so not quite as pretty as the others. Beware of the 80 steps down.
All the beaches are superb!
The food here was lovely especially the pork steak. The fish is nice but beware of the garlic mash as it is VERY strong. Nice Greek salad but that was nice in most places. The service wasn't as good as other places but the price was write
This was a nice restaurant but the food wasn't really special. Most of it's ok but don't have the kleftiko or the steam baked lamb. Nice people, good service and a good price
This is a very nice restaurant. The food is lovely but don't bother with a starter as the portions are very big. Costas, the waiter, is very friendly and helpful. On Monday and Friday nights the bar has karoake
Sorry but I forgot to mention the free hazelnut cake which is very nice
A nice restaurant even it the service is slow. On the waterfront sio there is a lovely breeze. Nice food, mostly comes with vegetables rather than chips for a change. Try the stuffed pork fillet or mustard chicken
Very nice food in a very nice setting as the name suggests. Stifado is very good although you might want a starter as the protions aren't that big
We just went here for omelets and had to wait a very long time. When they came, one was ok but the other was unbelieveably greasy. The cokes were very expensive compared to other places as well