Skala holidays

If you’re looking for unspoilt scenery, consider the southern tip of Kefalonia for your next holiday. Holidays to Skala are ideal for relaxing, indulging in fantastic food, and exploring the many wonders that this fascinating location offers. This former fishing village has transformed into a contemporary seaside town, brimming with bustling tavernas and restaurants leading up to a three‐kilometre stretch of golden sand.

Skala also makes an excellent base for exploring Kefalonia, with a wealth of sights to see nearby; you won’t want to miss the Temple of Apollo and the Drogarati Cave. The rolling countryside is ready and waiting to be explored. Whatever you’re looking for from your getaway, discover Skala holidays today.

Things to do

If you want to top up your tan, then summer holidays to Skala Kefalonia are in order. Make the most of Kefalonia’s gorgeous Mediterranean climate over on Skala Beach; it’s a long sweep of soft sand with a great water sports centre. Here you can relax with a good book whilst sipping on a cocktail or two, or paddle in the clear waters and take in the picturesque scenery around you.

If you want a change of scenery, you could also take the short trip over to Sami to experience Antisamos Beach’s famous good looks. While you’re there, try a tour of the breathtaking Drogarati Cave. This ancient natural formation is about 150 million years old and is one of Kefalonia’s most impressive attractions. Here, you can witness the incredible rock formations, and a spectacular hall called the ‘Sala of Apotheosis’ where the natural acoustics are truly mesmerising. After your day trip, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat; the waterfront is the place to go to tuck into the catch of the day.

For a memorable day out, venture to the north-west of Kefalonia where you can explore the spectacular ruins of the Castle of Assos. This impressive structure was built in the 16th century. Visitors are free to explore the Church of Agios Markos and the Venetian High Commissioner’s house which lie inside.

And for those who like to keep active on holiday, spend a day in Assos village and walk the Venetian castle trail. Rise early in the morning and climb to the peak where you can witness beautiful views of the Assos port and beaches. Or take a walk between Poros and Old Skala’s hills over to Paleocastro where you can uncover breathtaking natural scenery and relish in the tranquil atmosphere.

Excellent beaches

Skala is a traditional seaside location with a mixture of sand and shingle beach. It offers a spot of relaxation with views of glimmering, crystal‐clear waters that stretch over the horizon. Inland views are also pleasing as the cove is surrounded by thick green agriculture. If you want a break from lounging and need a splash of excitement, there is a good selection of water sports to try, from jet skis to parasailing. Renowned for its cleanliness and organisation, Skala’s fabulous beach has been awarded the Blue Flag and is a place many people flock to in the summer.

Kaminia Beach is one of the longest beaches in Kefalonia and offers a peaceful place to kick back and unwind. Located close to Skala village, it’s home to a vast expanse of soft, white sand and glistening shallow waters that are perfect for children to paddle in. This beach is also a breeding ground for the endangered Caretta sea turtle. If you’re lucky, you might be able to witness these sea creatures hatching from their eggs here. And suppose you fancy venturing away from Kefalonia for a little while. In that case, you can always hop on one of the many boat excursions which frequently operate. Explore neighbouring islands like Zante for even more fun‐filled adventures.

Wonderful attractions

From outstanding beaches to exhilarating water sports and activities, Skala boasts a range of attractions to keep you relaxed and entertained during your holiday. When you’ve finished basking in the glorious sunshine on the soft sands, take a trip into Skala Old Town where you can explore the many historical buildings and churches. Stop for lunch at one of the garden restaurants before strolling down to Fountain Square, a popular location among locals and visitors. For those seeking exciting thrills and spills, take to the water in a speed boat or try your hand at wakeboarding, parasailing and much more. You can even hire out your own boat if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

History and culture

Skala was once a small, working fishing village that has expanded to accommodate tourism growth in the area. Today you can walk along the sand-shingle beach into the centre for fresh seafood and beautiful buildings. The resort is located around historical and natural marvels which make staying here all the more magical. Walk around Skala Old Town to gain an insight into the fascinating fishing ethos that still shapes the locals’ way of life.

And to learn more about the history of the town, head down to the edge of Skala village where you can explore the remains of a 3rd‐century Roman Villa. Witness the remarkable mosaics and gain an insight into Roman life as you stroll through the walkways and excavated rooms.

Nightlife

There’s a choice of restaurants and tavernas here, making it a perfect destination for those laid-back holidays. Captain’s Bar is a popular haunt for visitors and locals alike, thanks to its lively atmosphere and delicious cocktails. Or sit outside and shade under the straw roof of Akri’s Seaside Bar, where you can order a variety of fruity drinks and look over at the tranquil sea setting. Although a lot of bars stay open until the early hours and play music to get you dancing, there are only a few options when it comes to nightclubs. Holidays to Skala are ideal for those who like to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.

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Kefalonia International Airport (EFL).

Skala is best for...

Couples: Peaceful and beautiful, Skala is ideal for couples in search of pretty beaches, lush scenery and sociable nightlife.

Beach lovers: Skala’s glorious beach is one of the island’s finest, and the exquisite Antisamos Beach is an absolute must-visit.

Sightseers: You can expect a wealth of historic and natural sights, from the Temple of Apollo to the ancient Drogarati Cave.

Fast facts for Skala

Language: The language spoken here is Greek.

Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).

Local time: Skala is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Kefalonia International Airport. It takes 2 hours to transfer to Skala. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Skala is 3.5 hours.

Tourist information: Find out more ahead of your Skala holidays over 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 holidays to Skala Kefalonia.

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Getting around Skala

By car: Driving is the easiest way to get around Kefalonia; it’s a compact island and you can reach most attractions within an hour or so. The roads are easy to navigate, too, so why not pick up a hire car at the airport?

By taxi: You’ll find plenty of taxis in Kefalonia’s resorts and at the airport; and you can book in advance if you want to feel prepared.

By water taxi: This is a fun way to make a daytrip, they’ll zip you along the coast from Skala Beach to nearby resorts like Katelios and Poros.

Events in Skala

Carnival: Kefalonia celebrates Carnival (traditionally held before Lent) in style. The town of Argostoli, less than an hour’s drive away, is a great place to join in the fun; you’ll find parades, floats and festivities galore here.

Robola Wine Festival: The nearby village of Fragata holds an annual wine festival every August. It’s a great excuse to celebrate Kefalonia’s own Robola wine and indulge in some free samples. You can expect lots of Greek fare and dancing, too. 

Skala weather

Temperature: A summertime average of 26 (°C).

Best time to visit: June is a popular month for warm sunshine and quieter beaches.

You’ll enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate here, which means long, warm summers and mild winters. Summer kicks off around May, with the hottest weather arriving in July and August; book your Skala holidays for this time of year if you want to make the most of temperatures in the 30s (°C) and up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. It can stay in the mid-20s (°C) right through to October; this is the ideal time to visit if you’re doing some sightseeing. It’s well worth bringing a brolly too, as rain showers aren’t unheard of in autumn.

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