Skala -Kefalonia


Skala is a picturesque village located in the municipality of Eleios-Pronnon.

During the summer, Skala becomes a popular holiday destination.

Accommodation are plentiful, as bars, gift shops, restaurants and tavernas, you will find everything you need for a fabulous holiday

Most of the bars and shops are situated in the main street or just off it, with small children or disabled the less traipsing around the better, especially on a hot day!

Skala's 'blue flag' beach is a three kilometre stretch of sand with a shingle foreshore with a backdrop of pine trees,the beach has a very steep entry
into the sea,elderly or infirm will struggle to exit the sea..

The beach is excellent long and sandy with plenty of sun beds, umbrellas, water sports, scuba diving, with pools and bars nearby for quick refreshments.

The community of Skala is comprised of the villages of Skala, Ratzakli, Alimatas,Koytrokoy,Fanies and Spathi, Skala is the largest resort
and located in the south of the island.

The current village was built in 1956 and replaces the old village which was levelled during a devastating earthquake in August 1953, killing 36 and injuring hundreds of villagers.

The original village was located on the hill behind the present one, as many of the island's were, in order to avoid invasion from raiders and pirates during the previous centuries.

The name 'Skala' originates from the Greek word for stairs. It was given this name because when it was in its original place, the houses seemed to ascend almost as though they were a set of stairs.

On the edge of the present village is the remains of a 3rd century Roman villa with some remarkably well preserved mosaics. Visitors can visit the site free of charge to see the mosaic flooring in three rooms, which were excavated in 1957.

Three kilometres along the beach road towards Poros is the site of a 7th century Temple dedicated to the god Apollo. Here you can see the foundation stones and parts of three Doric columns

Skala was a farming community up until the onset of tourism around in 1980.

Most families had and still have fields or small holdings on which they grow summer and winter vegetables, together with their wine producing vineyards, and olive trees providing Greece's elixir of life, olive oil. Orange, lemon, walnut, almond and fig trees have been planted throughout the area.

Multi coloured beehives can be seen dotted around the fields and hillsides, producing Kefalonia's delicious thyme flavoured honey.

Buses link Skala with the island's main town Argostoli, twice in the morning during the summer months - this reduces to a single service during the winter.

Only one bus returns to Skala in the afternoon once the shops in Argostoli close at 2pm. There is also a bus connecting Skala to Poros.

Of historical interest there are well-preserved Roman mosaics at the 'Roman villa' sign posts for which can be found all over Skala. Many of the popular excursions around the island start from Skala, such as the island tour and Ithaki are well worth looking at.

Nightlife in Skala is pretty good by Kefalonian standards it's not Ibiza but then this island is primarily for families and couples.

Useful Phones :

Rent a car : "Greekstones" Skala branch tel +302671083011 mobile : +306942981891
Police Station in Poros +302674072210
Tourist Police Station in Argostoli +302671022815
Hospital in Argostoli +302671023230, +3026741024641-6
Medical Station in Skala +302671083222
Taxi in Skala +302671083111