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If you’re looking for unspoilt scenery, then you should visit the southern tip of Kefalonia. Holidays to Skala are ideal for relaxing, indulging in fantastic food and exploring. This former fishing village has transformed into a contemporary seaside town, brimming with bustling tavernas and restaurants leading up to a 3km stretch of golden sand. Skala also makes a great 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.
June is a popular month for warm sunshine and less crowded beaches.
Kefalonia International Airport (EFL).
Experience Kefalonia’s legendary Drogarati Cave, turquoise-tipped beaches and tranquil scenery when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Skala.
What is included ?
What is included ?
What is included ?
What is included ?
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 superb water sports centre. You could also take the short trip over to Sami to experience Antisamos Beach’s famous good looks, if you want a change of scenery. While you’re there, try a tour of the breath-taking Drogarati Cave? This ancient natural formation is one of Kefalonia’s most impressive attractions. After your daytrip, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat; the waterfront is the place to go to tuck into the catch of the day.
Skala’s sand-and-shingle beach is one of the best in southern Kefalonia; it stretches for 3km along the coastline and is backed by pretty pine trees. Hire a lounger and kick back in the sunshine before taking a dip in the turquoise sea. And if you’re looking for adventure, you’ll love the array of water sports on offer here; think windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding. At the southern end of the beach, you’ll find a few caves and rocks to explore, along with some hidden coves if you really want to get away from it all. When you’re ready for refreshment, the shops and tavernas will be waiting for you one the waterfront.
As well as seaside charm, this destination is home to a wealth of historic sites that sightseers will love. Perched above the sands, gazing out across the turquoise coast, is one of a spectacular Roman villa dating back to the 3rd century. Just outside the village, you’ll discover the magnificent Temple of Apollo, which dates back to the 7th century and boasts classical Doric columns. Kefalonia’s most famous landmark is just 45 minutes away by car, and it’s well worth a daytrip. The Drogarati Cave in Sami is said to be 150 million years old, and you’ll find it 37 metres below the ground lined with stunning stalagmites.
Skala is situated in a rural part of Kefalonia, so it’s no wonder that hiking is so popular here. Head for the hills and explore the region’s natural scenery, and when you’re ready for a rest you can head back to the resort and refresh at a local tavern. The coastline is well worth exploring; families will love the glass-bottom boat trips and sailing excursions available from the beach. The nearby village of Sami is also home to the beautiful at Antisamos Beach, the breath-taking bay that featured in the hit film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Its crystal-clear waters and smooth white pebbles sit against a lush, green backdrop, making it one of the prettiest spots on the island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.