Skala (Greek: Σκάλα)
Skala was once 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 Skala beach a 3 km long sandy and pebble beach which has a blue flag and is flanked by fragrantly tall pine trees.
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 a 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. 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 villagers.The town itself consists of a few shops and charming selection of restaurants and tavernas that offer local specialities and fresh sea food choices; or if you wish to explore outside of the town then there are a few historic sites of Roman ruins well worth a visit such as a 7th century BC Temple of Apollo just a mile away.
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, you may have to climb the fence!
Approximately 2 kms out of the village archaeologists discovered a 7th century BC temple of Apollo, and in the cave of Sakkos the remains of Stone Age tools. You are able to view findings which are 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