Once you have made it up the hill from Lourdata to the main road, the island is your oyster! One way takes you straight to Kefalonia’s capital, Argostoli, and the other way takes you to Skala and Poros – all excellent places for a day out. Or you could take a drive up Mount Ainos to check out the view. Between exploring the island, sunning yourselves by your lovely private pool and making the most of the wonderful beach your time here will fly by. Evenings can be quite lively in both Lourdas and Lourdata. Several bars and restaurants open until late and have outdoor seating so you can see what’s going on. It’s hard to beat sitting at a table on the terrace watching the sun set over the sea while sipping a glass of chilled white Robola wine and trying to choose from the list of wonders recited by the waiter. Printed menus are rare around here – he will just tell you what they are serving today, often depending on what the boats bought back this morning. He might offer you swordfish in ouzo sauce, or bianco, a garlicky fish stew, or a simply grilled sole. Meat eaters are not neglected either – you might be tucking into lamb kleftiko, moussaka or the famous Kefalonian meat pie.
The Castle of St. George may be in ruins now, but it was once pretty important around here! It was built by the Venetians when they were in charge and more or less became the capital of Kefalonia until 1757. You can find it perched on top of a 320 metre high peak above the village of Peratata. It’s the most visited historic site on the island, but the spectacular views from here may have something to do with that. The original castle dates back to the 11th century. The Venetians did a bit of remodelling fortifying the castle walls and shipped in their own craftsmen from Venice, as you do, to build a small town called the Kastro in front of the castle. For a small fee you can wander around the remains before you try the home made cheesecake at the Kastro Café.
One of Kefalonia’s most famous landmarks is the Drogarati Cave, a large underground chamber 37 metres below ground, lined with dripping stalagmites, some red from the iron content in the rock and some white from chalk and limestone. Experts say that this dramatic cave is 150 million years old. The creatively named Chamber of Exaltation has marvellous acoustics and is often used for concerts, accommodating an audience of up to 500.There is also a small lake within the cave complex. Drogarati Cave is in Sami.
Tucked away high in the hills above Skala you will find the ruins of Old Skala. Once a thriving agricultural community, the village was largely destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 1953. You can still see the ruined remains of houses and a church. Goats roam freely amongst the ruins. But time does not stand still even here, and new buildings are appearing amongst the rubble of the old.