Some 20 years ago, or so, Skala was a quiet farming /fishing village,
until the tourist industry took a hold. It has now turned into a resort.
The ever expanding resort of modern Skala, seems to be stretching further
along the coastline year by year.
There are plenty of hotels, rooms and apartments to stay in with more
complexes being added yearly just outside of the main village area along
the coast.. The lovely gently shelving beach is Skala's main attraction.
Visitors can enjoy the most glorious 3 km long sandy and pebble beach
which has a blue flag and is flanked by fragrantly tall pine trees.
On the beach you will find plenty of sun beds, umbrellas to hire and water
sports including Paragliding & jet skis if you are feeling
As the beach is vast you do not get the impression that it is overcrowded
and you will always be able to find your 'own piece' of beach.
Not far along the coast is Potamaki Beach , this is a haven for the rare
loggerhead turtles, and has now been declared a conservation area.
Night-time 'turtle watches' are organised for those who wish to observe
the creatures without threatening their survival.
In the summer months Skala is a popular holiday destination and has an
abundance of tavernas, bars and gift shops, together with the all year
round supermarkets, bakery and pharmacy. There is also a cash point
machine. Most of these are located in the main street and the smaller
streets branching off.
There is plenty to do in this former fishing village however it has
managed to remain friendly. You can explore the narrow streets where you
will find basic fishing cottages, or stop off at one of the many cafes or
make friends with the locals over a game of cards.
Nightlife in Skala is pretty good by Kefalonian standards as there are
plenty of bars and tavernas for you to choose from.
Above in the hills and fields around you can see many beehives which
produce a lovely Thyme infused flavour honey. Herds of goats, sheep and
cows freely roam the surrounding area. Many local families have fields or
small holdings where 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.
The current village was built in 1956, replacing the original village
which was destroyed in the Earthquake of 1953. The strong series of
tremors devastated the village taking 36 lives and injuring hundreds of
On the edge of the modern village is the remains of a 3rd century Roman
villa. This was excavated in 1957. You can see beautifully preserved
mosaics. Entrance is free of charge. Do not miss this photographic chance.
Approximately 2 kms out of the village archaeologists discovered a 7th
century BC temple of Apollo, you are able to view parts of this which is
now housed in the Argostoli museum.
Tucked away high in the hills behind the new village stands the ruins of
old Skala. Here you can see ruined remains of houses, a church and an old
olive press. Goats roam freely amongst the ruins.
Until recently wandering around the old ruined village you were able to
transport yourself back in time and imagine what life was like previously
in this village, however developers have moved in and have built a variety
of new villas in among the old ruins, the new villas are plush and have
been built in a similar looking stone to that of old Skala.
The atmosphere has now changed in the old village and the eeriness and
remoteness has been replaced by the feeling that this is now just a
peaceful setting for some expensive retreats. In my personal opinion the
village has lost its old appeal.