Skala is set on a very long golden sandy beach on the southernmost tip of the island, 37 kms from the island's capital Argostoli and is one of the most popular resorts on Kefalonia.Skala's distinguishing feature is the forest of pine trees which separates the land from the sea. Its lovely beach is a mixture of sand and shingle which stretches for miles along the coast towards the resort and port of Poros 12 kms away. You have a choice of lively beachlife with its beachside snack bars, sunbeds and beach umbrellas for hire and water sports, or you can opt for the quieter part of the beach by walking along the shoreline until you find your own secluded piece of paradise.
In the village and resort of Skala you will find a selection of taverns, restaurants, bars and supermarkets to cater for all your needs along the main street which leads down to a small square. Skala is an ideal resort for hikers who can discover an abundance of natural beauty in the surrounding countryside and wonder at the Roman mosaic floors found in the middle of a sun-lit olive grove.
Skala Temple of Apollo
Situated outside Skala about 3 kms along the coastal road towards Poros is the site of the 6th century BC Temple dedicated to the god Apollo. Here you can see the foundation stones and parts of three Doric columns. To the right of the ruins is the small chapel of Aghios Giorgios which was rebuilt after the earthquake using some of the stone from the walls of the ancient temple of Apollo A column that was used as a pedestal for the chapel's alter can now be found in the Archaeological Museum in Argostoli. Facing the church are a couple of paths leading off to the right, one of which takes you to the top of a cliff overlooking a small harbour. If you walk behind the church and temple foundations one of the paths leads down to the harbour and a shingle beach.
Roman Villa in Skala
The ruins of the Roman villa were accidentally discovered in 1944 by the owner of the land in which they were found. Excavations started in 1957. The villa belonged to a wealthy Roman in the 3rd century AD. One of the mosaic floors depicts an altar with a sacrificial bull, a ram and a boar and a man about to kill the bull. Another mosaic shows Fthonos or 'Envy' being attacked and eaten by four wild animals - a lion, a tiger, a panther and a leopard. Later, a church was built over part of the villa. What is left of the mosaic floors are today protected by glass and a walkway has been constructed around the viewing panels.
Nightlife in Skala
Nightlife is centered round the bars and taverns and you will find live entertainment on most nights. The club Spileo (Cave) is on the road towards Poros and is the local nightclub.