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 adventurous.
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.
Argostoli is the islands capital and main port. It has been the capital of the island since 1757. The town has a population of 14.000 inhabitants. Argostoli sits proudly on the Koutavos Lagoon, located on the far end of the bay of the same name and is surrounded by mountains and verdant forests. On the cobalt blue waters of the sheltered lagoon small traditional fishing boats mingle alongside a handful of smart sophisticated private yachts. Early morning you can see taverna owners and hoteliers buying fish at the fish market on the quayside
Kato Katelios is a friendly and relaxing resort with a laid back approach to life. Many people choose to revisit Katelios and it has built up a loyal following over the years.Katelios is in the south east of the island and is situated in a large, flat plain between the villages of Hionata, Mavrata, Markopoulo and Ratzakli. Katelios looks across the water to the nearby island of Zante and over to the Greek mainland and is surrounded by fertile agricultural land and rocky hills. Until recent years the village used to house just fishermen's cottages and huts, some of which are still inhabited. Development of tourist's accommodation has seen Katelios gradually grow into a holiday destination. The surrounding areas have some of the island's most dramatic beaches which attracts people wanting a largely beach based holiday.
Ano Katelios, the old village, and is where most of the small resident population live while Kato Katelios is the relaxed holiday area which has slowly developed.
It is the sort of resort you can totally escape and relax.
Fiskardo is the most northern town on the island and is a favorite not only with holiday makers but with the yachting flotillas that visit this pretty quaint village .. Pastel colored Venetian buildings sit proudly around the harbour where you can take a break and enjoy a cool drink at one of the many tavernas that overlook the water. It's a great place to people watch, or simply observe the fishermen preparing there nets for the next trip.Fiskardo has a busy waterfront and rows of boats are tied along the L shaped waterfront running parallel with the shaded restaurants that line quay all the way along.
The port serves ferry routes to the islands of Ithaca with the port of Frikes and Lefkada.
Fiskardo is also a popular port of call for the rich and famous. Madonna, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg have visited here. Recent years has seen this destination raising it's prices and does seem to be more expensive than the rest of the island, some visitors have said they do not mind paying a little extra due to the surroundings and the view.
It is a tourist trap and can become very busy in the summer months.
ust north of the beautiful beach of Myrtos lies the sleepy pretty village of Assos.
A series of hairpin bends takes you down from the cliff top road to the bottom where you will find the romantic village.
Assos has a "lost in time" feeling to it. It is almost as if once you are encased in the atmosphere of the village you simply forget the rest of the world exists.
There is a small village square with a few tavernas and restaurants, there is a small harbour where little fishing boats bob up and down and you may even catch a glimpse of a luxury yacht or two. Assos does have a small pebbly beach where you can sunbathe and the waters are clear and shallow.
The pretty coloured houses dotted around nestling into the craggy hillside all have wonderful views of the bay.
This village has a modern feel because there are no pre-earthquake buildings, Square with spring and huge tree that gives shade to a small cafe (coffee) enables you to try a little taste of authentic Greek village life. Here you will be able to enjoy the relaxed, informal atmosphere, while having a coffee.
Surrounded by fertile countryside with beautiful palm trees, cypresses, olive trees and pines, Lourdas resembles a piece of paradise. Vegetable gardens are among the restaurants and chefs can be seen from time to time the harvest of fruits and vegetables on their menus.