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Destination guide

Skala – an irresistible slice of Greek island paradise

Perched on Kefalonia's shimmering south-east coast, the once-sleepy fishing village of Skala is today one of the island's best-loved visitor destinations. The big draw for most is its blissful beach – a pine-fringed expanse of soft white sand and pretty pebbles, with crystal-clear water to splash around in. The picture-postcard seafront is lined with traditional tavernas and rustic restaurants, where you can feast on traditional Greek fare like juicy stuffed vine leaves, succulent grilled octopus and moreish moussaka, or simply toast the sunset with a splash of locally-made ouzo on ice. Skala holiday rentals range from cosy studio apartments to sprawling family-size villas, so you're sure to find one that suits your needs.

Things to do

Skala attractions

Should you feel like prising yourself away from the beach, you'll find plenty of compelling attractions within easy reach of your Skala holiday rental. Located on the outskirts of town, the Roman Villa at Skala was discovered by archaeologists in the 1950s. These fascinating ruins, thought to date back to the 2nd century AD, include stunningly preserved, intricate floor mosaics depicting enthralling ancient customs and rituals. Less than an hour from Skala by car, the Drogarati Cave is Kefalonia's blockbuster natural attraction. Believed to be around 150 million years old, this dramatic underground cave is adorned with surreal stalactites and stalagmites. Nearby Antisamos beach, one of the island's most idyllic, gained worldwide recognition when it was used as a location in the major Hollywood movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Activities

Life's a beach in Skala

Throughout the sultry summer holiday season, life in Skala is all about enjoying serious downtime by the sea. Many are content to while away their days lounging around on the sand, but if you're feeling more intrepid, you could explore the rugged coastline by kayak, stand-up paddle board or motor boat. If you're thirsting for an adrenaline fix, you could try your hand at thrilling pursuits like jet skiing, wakeboarding or parasailing. Or, for a truly unforgettable experience, join a scuba diving expedition and plunge beneath the waves to explore colourful coral reefs, underwater caves and mysterious shipwrecks.

Weather

Sizzling summers in Skala

Skala holiday rentals are in particularly high demand throughout the peak summer months of June to August, when the weather is typically hot and sunny, with plenty of clear blue skies and very little rainfall. The shoulder months of May and September are great times to visit, with reliably warm temperatures, and fewer out-of-towners competing for accommodation and a prime spot on the beach. Winters are mild by European standards, but the weather is usually too fresh for sunbathing and swimming in the sea. October to February are the wettest months, so be sure to pack the waterproofs if travelling during this period.

Natural features

Mother Nature works her magic around Skala

Proximity to unspoilt nature is one of many compelling reasons to consider Skala for your next getaway. Nearby, Potamaki Beach is a pristine conservation area, where you may be lucky enough to witness rare loggerhead turtles emerging out of the sea to lay their eggs. Head inland and you'll discover verdant vineyards, tranquil olive groves and rustic farms replete with free-roaming goats and sheep. The island is also a haven for birdwatchers. Grab your binoculars and you may catch a glimpse of everything from graceful mute swans to imposing griffon vultures.

How to get there

Transport to and around Skala

Fly into Argostolion (EFL-Kefalonia Island Intl.), the closest airport, located 15.6 mi (25.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Zakynthos (ZTH-Zakynthos Intl.), which is 23.8 mi (38.3 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Skala?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 275 holiday lettings around Skala. From 164 villas to 34 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Skala?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Skala. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Tsilivi Beach: 1,373 holiday lettings
  • Skala Beach: 1,566 holiday lettings
  • Lourdas Beach: 1,417 holiday lettings
  • Alykanas Beach: 1,452 holiday lettings
  • Myrtos Beach: 1,266 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Skala listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Skala?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 164 Villas in Skala. Our other popular types of Skala holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 34 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 23 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 6 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Skala?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 179 holiday homes with pool available in Skala. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.