Boasting grand ocean vistas and Blue Flag award-winning beaches, holidays to Lourdas are a bit of authentic Greek bliss.

Laidback living

A pint-sized paradise on Kefalonia of the Ionian Islands, Lourdas is the perfect spot to unwind and relax. Think cocktails with ocean views, chilled-out evenings at local music bars and dreamy reclines in the shade of cypress trees.

A tale of two beaches

If you're fascinated by local wildlife, grab a snorkel at Lourdas Beach and head to the water to spot sea turtles and flickering fish. There are also sea kayaks and water-skis for hire to get the blood pumping. Or, simply grab a sunlounger at neighbouring Kanali Beach – a six-minute drive – and soak up the rays.

Sought-after Sami

For a daytrip with treats for everyone, drive 40 minutes north to historic Sami. You'll find culture-rich sites like the ruins of Old Vlachata, family-favourite hotspots such as Odysseus Zoo Land and al fresco dining by the yacht-filled marina. Surprise, surprise, there's a picture-perfect beach, too.

Up high, down low

For the best views around, hit up the hiking trails of Mount Ainos – just remember to bring plenty of water and suncream. To skip the afternoon heat, take a 45-minute drive to the underground lagoon of Melissani, where a natural round window pulls in the sky.

At a Glance

  • Take to the trails of Mount Ainos for snap-worthy views
  • Sample seafood delicacies at family-run tavernas
  • Visit the Acropolis of Ancient Sami