Quick facts

  • Airport – 34.3 km/50 mins
  • Argostoli – 35.8 km/50 mins
  • Melissani Lake – 39.8 km/60 mins
  • Myrtos beach – 54.8 km/85 mins
  • Antisamos beach – 42.6 km/65 mins
  • St Gerasimos Monestary – 28.8 km/45 mins

Eammon ”There are some great bars Ammos, Akri and Waves to name a few. 
Get a boat trip booked with Captain Vangelis and visit Ithaca” 

Will San Giorgio – Great hotel stayed there many times brilliant for families and if you get a sea view it’s amazing to wake up to every day, can’t speak highly enough of the place”  

Skala (in Greek meaning staircase or ladder) is a village in the far south east of Kefalonia and is one of the largest and most popular resorts on the island. It gets its name from the dwellings of the old village in the hills above, which were positioned on the hillside and from below, could be seen to resemble a staircase. Sadly the settlement was destroyed by the massive earthquake in 1953. The journey up there is steep but the views are stunning and well worth the trek is you are able, however, we wouldn’t advise this hike in the height of summer – hire a car, take a taxi or join an organised tour. There is a taverna set high in the hills in old Skala called Kelari where you can buy refreshments from 11.30am and food is served from midday.

Modern day Skala is built much lower down the same hill, the main village is built on a slope but there is a long flat sea front and a beach that runs parallel for about 2.8 km. Not all of the beach is sandy and consists of shingle and pebbles in places. The sea depth also increases quite quickly in some areas. Water based activities are available on the beachfront.
On the main street of the village and along the sea front there is a good selection of tavernas, bars, shops, jewellers and car hire establishments. Like much of the island, Skala is not considered to be a rowdy resort but it really comes to life during the summer months and on an evening.
On the coast road between Skala and Poros there is a night club called Spileo, it is only open for around 6 weeks during July & August. If you fancy a boogie, the doors open around 1am and close at 5ish.

Ann B ”We first visited Kefalonia in 2019 and stayed just outside Skala. We love Skala, particularly the little secluded coves just outside the village, which are like Paradise, with crystal clear turquoise waters teaming with lots of different fish.  
One of the day trips we took from Skala was a boat trip with Captain Vangelis to Fiskardo, making stops at Agia Sophia, Sami and Melissani Lake on the way and Koutsoupia beach as our final swim stop, on the way back.

Anne.P ”I love staying at Paspalis in Skala because the staff are wonderful, it’s on the beachfront and the food is amazing, it’s my happy place. I also like Socrates Restaurant and Vangelis boat trips‘ 

Eamonn ”My favourite restaurant is Old Times in Skala. The location, service from Nikos Zapantis and his team is excellent. The menu is always interesting with fresh vegetables and fruit from their garden. It’s a must visit place whilst in Skala’ 

Debbie ”My favourite hotel is Regina Del Aqua in Skala, my favourite restaurants are Flamingo and The Pines. The best boat trip in the world, not just Kefalonia is cloud nine based in Poros’

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