Skala beach guide Kefalonia
At the heart of Skala is a traditional working village with a church, a school and central square. The influx of tourists in Skala has led to the growth in the number of villas and apartment but these are largely confined to the outskirts.
The main village still has plenty of character although the original village has disappeared for good. Skala is a beach to enjoy while it lasts.
Skala's huge beach is a three kilometre stretch of good sand, very deep and lined with shingle along the shore. The beach also has a steep drop into the sea so children must be watched.
Plenty of sunbeds cluster along the shore near the village but the beach is so long and deep holiday visitors will have no problem finding a quiet spot.
The modern village of Skala was built in 1956 following a devastating earthquake that levelled the old inland village. The Greek word 'Skala' means steps and refers to the steps up the hillside that led to the old village.
Skala village centre is a pleasant enough place with plenty of trees to provide shade and any number of tavernas and bars.
Skala beach is pretty spectacular — a large swathe of white sand that sweeps right around the headland in both directions.
The sand at Skala is a little gritty and the beach so big it can look quite bare even when there are plenty of visitors but this is still regarded as one of the best beaches on the island.
On the edge of Skala is the ruins of a 3rd-century three-room Roman villa which has some well preserved mosaics which was excavated in 1957.
Three kilometres along the north beach road towards Poros is the ancient site of a 7th-century temple to Apollo.
In the hills behind are the ruins for the original Skala village although sites have been snapped up by developers to build luxury homes. Nevertheless there do remain a few old churches, houses and olive presses.
Walkers on trail around Skala will not fail to notice the thousands of beehives where the famous thyme flavoured Kefalonia honey is made.
There are many walking trails on the valleys and hills that thread their way through vineyards, olive groves, citrus plantations and rows of fig, walnut and almond trees.
Kefalonia is not just a holiday island of sea and sand, it also has some very impressive monasteries that are not only in delightful settings but also house some important relics.
The word 'stunning' is often overused in the world of travel writing. Very few vistas can be described as truly stunning, but the fortress at Assos is certainly a contender.
The Castle of St George or Agios Giorgios is one of the best known and most visited historic sites on the Greek holiday island of Kefalonia with panoramic views in all directions.
At Melissani Lake cave in Kefalonia light streams through an open roof to a shimmering blue lake of almost ethereal beauty. Melissani Lake is an astonishing sight at any time.