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Holidays in Skala
Situated on Kefalonia’s southern tip, Skala is one of the island’s most striking resorts with its rugged, unspoilt scenery and golden coastline. The ideal base for exploring Kefalonia, Skala is close to the likes of the Temple of Apollo and the Drogarati Cave, and is wrapped in rolling hills that invite exploration. In the evenings, the taverna-lined waterfront develops a sociable buzz, where you can dig into the catch of the day and wash it down with a glass of ouzo.
June is a popular month for warm sunshine and quieter beaches.
Kefalonia International Airport (EFL).
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Make the most of Kefalonia’s gorgeous Mediterranean climate with some time on Skala Beach, a long sweep of soft sand with a superb local water sports centre. Glass bottom boat tours are popular on the island to enjoy the clear depths off the coast, and if you’re a fan of beaches, it’s worth the trip to Sami to experience Antisamos Beach’s famous good looks. While you’re there, take a tour of the breathtaking Drogarati Cave, an ancient natural formation that is one of Kefalonia’s most impressive attractions. After your day trip, it’s back to Skala’s waterfront to enjoy the catch of the day in a local taverna.
Skala’s Blue Flag beach is a Kefalonian gem, with several kilometres of soft sand and light shingle stretched before pine-filled scenery. With its natural beauty and award-winning upkeep, the beach is the perfect place to hire a lounger and enjoy a little peace and quiet by the sea. The waterfront is lined with snack bars, beachfront cafes and restaurants overlooking the coast, ideal for soaking up the sunshine over lunch or a cold drink. Kefalonia is big on water sports, and popular beach activities in Skala include parasailing, water skiing and doughnut rides. For something a little different, have a go at wakeboarding or kneeboarding.
Along with its pretty seaside charm, Skala is home to a wealth of historic sites that sightseers will love. Gazing out across the turquoise coast is one of the town’s landmarks, a Roman villa from the 3rd century with intriguing mosaic floors. Just outside the village is a magnificent 7th century Temple of Apollo, which has the remains of classical Doric columns. The town is located in a hilly and agricultural part of Kefalonia, making hiking one of the favourite things to do in Skala. When you’re ready for a rest, the resort’s waterfront is a lovely place to spend the evenings with a mix of tavernas, cafes and seafood restaurants.
Skala is around 40 minutes’ drive from one of Kefalonia’s most interesting sights, the Drogarati Cave. Believed to be around 150 million years old, this mysterious cave has cavernous chambers and thousand-year old stalactites and stalagmites. While you’re near the village of Sami, have a break at Antisamos Beach, which famously appeared in Hollywood film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Its crystalline waters and smooth white pebbles sit against a lush, green backdrop that makes it one of the prettiest parts of the island. The coast is one of the biggest attractions in Skala, and glass bottom boat trips and sailing excursions are the best way to experience it.
Couples: Peaceful and very beautiful, Skala is ideal for couples with its pretty beach, sociable nightlife and lush scenery.
Beach lovers: Skala’s beach is one of the island’s finest, and the exquisite Antisamos Beach is a must-see for beach lovers.
Sightseers: Skala is home to a wealth of historic and natural sights, from the ancient Drogarati Cave to the Temple of Apollo.
Language: The language spoken in Skala is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Skala is the Euro (€)
Local time: Skala is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Kefalonia International Airport (EFL)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Skala tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/ionian_islands/kefalonia
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Skala
Temperature: A summertime average of 26°C.
Best time to visit: June is a popular month for warm sunshine and quieter beaches.
Kefalonia experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, with long, warm summers and mild winters. Summers kick off around May, and usually stay in the mid 20s (°C) through to October. The hottest weather in Skala comes in July and August, which can peak in the 30s.
By car: Driving is the easiest way to get around in Kefalonia. The island is compact, and you can reach most attractions within an hour. The roads are easy to navigate and there are multiple car hire companies available at Kefalonia Airport.
By taxi: Taxis are plentiful in Kefalonia and are a good option for airport transfers. Taxis can be booked in advance, but are always available at the airport.
By water taxi: A fun way to make a day trip, water taxis are on hand at Skala Beach to zip you along the coast, running from Skala to nearby resorts Katelios and Poros.
Carnival: Kefalonia enthusiastically celebrates Carnival, which is traditionally held before Lent. The town of Argostoli, less than an hour’s drive from Skala, is a great place to join in with Carnival for its parades, floats and festivities.
Wine festival: The nearby town of Fragata holds an annual wine festival every August. A fantastic event for visitors interested in trying local wines, the festival is hosted by the Robola cooperative, which produces most of Kefalonia’s wine, a dry white made with the robola grape. The festival features free tasting and as well as plenty of food and music.