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South Kefalonia Holidays

South Kefalonia holidays

 Lourdas & Katelios - Transfer time 20 - 45 minutes

The southern coastline of Kefalonia boasts a string of safe sandy beaches, good views to Zakynthos, and the fabulous backdrop of Mount Aenos (at 1628m the highest peak in the Ionian).

The area is understandably popular with couples and families alike, although development is rather scattered (there are no big hotels or large resorts here).

Lourdas, halfway along the south coast, has a long white-sand beach (with some shingle outcrops) which stretches for the best part of a kilometre and shelves gently into the bluest of seas. Sunbeds can be rented, and some half-dozen tavernas and a mini-market are dotted along its length.

Spartia, South Kefalonia, Greece

Holidays In South Kefalonia

A stiff ten minute walk up the hill is the original village of Lourdata. It’s an attractive little place, with a traditional plane-shaded square, three tavernas and a small shop or two.

For much of the year Lourdas is very laidback and quiet. Not surprisingly it is popular with locals and can be busy during the day over long weekends and in the peak season. Recommended for a relaxed stay near an excellent beach, with some good local tavernas close to hand.

Katelios 14 kms to the east shares Lourdas' lazy charm but is more of a village with an established fishing harbour and an attractive tree-shaded waterfront lined with half-a-dozen authentic tavernas (there are more in the village). These are well known for their fresh fish and popular with locals, always a good sign.

At the head of a broad valley, Katelios has a very nice sand (some shingle) beach to one side called Agia Varvara, which stretches for some 200 metres and shelves very gently so is very good for children. (Children will also love the rock pools to be found nearby) The whole area is a protected turtle breeding zone and so visitors are requested to pay a quick visit to the offices of the Katelios Group in the village to learn about the programme.

Just inland is the village of Markopoulo. For anyone in the area on 15th August (Assumption Day) it is a must to visit the church to witness the bizarre snake-handling ritual which takes place! The church is built on the site of an old nunnery and legend has it that, when attacked by pirates the nuns prayed to the Virgin Mary to be transformed into snakes to escape. This duly happened and every year this transformation is commemorated by the miraculous 'return' of the snakes (which are actually harmless!).

Both of our selected areas are, with a car, well placed for further exploration of the south. There are plenty of other good beaches and small inland villages in either direction, culminating in the larger seaside village of Skala almost at the south-eastern tip (the nearest thing there is to a ‘resort’ here).

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