Head into the blue from Lourdas
Explore the beaches by boat from Lourdas. Below the village of Lourdas (or Lourdata) there is a lovely, long sand-pebble beach, offering sunbeds and umbrellas as well as enough space to find a quiet spot on the beach. A narrow road leads down from the village, along the beach and separates the beach from the cafés, restaurants and mini-market.
From Lourdas (or Lourdata) you can head east towards Katelios and pass some secluded beaches like Paradisi, Lefki and Koroni. Continuing east along the rocky coast you will reach the pretty little village and beach of Katelios. (To find the description for the route between Lourdas and Katelios please read Cruising from Katelios by motorboat).
Or you head westwards towards Pessada, Spartia and Avithos. Along this stretch of coast, there are long, sandy beaches but also smaller bays with fine sand.
Ask your boat hire agent for the furthest point you are allowed to go within your three nautical mile limit as described in Boat hire on Kefalonia.
Water, something to eat and your snorkelling equipment should be with you on board. Important is your mobile phone to be able to contact the boat hire staff if needed.
From Lourdas westwards
Trapezaki beach: Trapezaki is the neighbouring beach to Lourdas. This long stretch of golden, sandy beach is frequented by the loggerhead turtles in the summer to nest. You might see some small marked areas on the beach indicating that there are nests with eggs in the sand.
Some secluded parts of this beach are used by naturists.
Trapezaki beach has two parts. The long beach is the one nearest to Lourdas. Continuing west, the beach is divided by a small spit of land with a restaurant on it. The smaller beach is situated on the other side, offering a few umbrellas and sunbeds.
At the end of this smaller beach, you can find a beach bar with drinks, snacks and ice creams. Both beaches are ideal for families with small children as the water is shallow for several metres into the sea.
Agios Thomas beach: There is a small, sandy beach with beautiful clear water below two restaurants and a café. Sitting in the café above offers you a lovely view over the sea. To the right side, there is a big rock with a short ladder reaching into the sea.
A second sandy beach with a beach bar is only a short walk away. This is the beach that you see first, coming from Trapezaki.
Pessada Beach: Passing the little harbour of Pessada with its docking place for the ferry to Zakinthos you will shortly reach Pessada beach. In fact, there are two small, sandy beaches next to each other. They are almost secluded as they are not easy to find from the road. If you are lucky, you will have this little paradise with its turquoise shimmering water all to your own.
Spartia beach: Coming from Pessada you will first reach a long stretch of sandy beach below high, white cliffs. A dock for the fishing boats and motorboats divides this beach from the smaller but more popular beach. This beach is not big but the locals and the few tourists love it for its shallow and incredibly translucent water.
You can walk several metres into the sea until the water is waist-high, which makes Spartia beach ideal for small children. Above the beach, there is a café and tavern which offers beautiful views over the sea towards Zakinthos. Also at the family-run Panas hotel above the parking, you can have drinks or a meal on the restaurant’s terrace.
Avithos and Megali Petra: When you head south from Spartia you reach the long, beautiful sandy beaches of Avithos and the neighbouring Megali Petra. In high season there are sunbeds and umbrellas and also a beach bar. Furthermore, there are two tavernas above Avithos beach offering meals, drinks, coffee and ice cream.
If you are looking for fresh fish and excellent, freshly cooked Greek meals, the family-run Enetiko taverna is the best choice.
Divided by rocks there is a second sandy beach, Megali Petra. This one is less frequented and therefore a small part of this beach is sometimes used by nudists.
Please check with your boat rental up to which beaches you are allowed to travel to stay within your mile limit.