Style: Freeride, Slalom
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The small fishing village of Skala sits on the southern tip of Kefalonia near Mounda bay. It is known for its beautiful layout and long sandy beach. The beautiful Skala beach is bordered by dense lush hills and rocky outcrops, a unique combination that captivates many visitors. Skala gets quite crowded during the summer season but you can still find a secluded spot for some quiet moments.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Main Direction: NE, E
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft)
Main Wind Direction:
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Thermal winds almost every day after 15:00 up to 18 knots.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Deep (deepens abruptly)
Attention: Reefs, Turtles
The beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag for its cleanness and organization, something that is still famous for. Beware of reefs in the southern part of the beach. Also the beach has a steep drop into the sea so children must be watched.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
The beach of Skala is really great; one of the longest on the island, more than 2 Km long and very wide, with a large swathe of white gritty sand that sweeps right around the headland in both directions, also lined with shingle along the shore. It faces ESE. Thus, the beach is crowded, as is preferred by the guests staying here, although its large length never gives the feeling of crowding.
Behind the beach there is a beautiful pine forest refuge to stay in the shade during the hottest hours, and where the children can play in the playground dedicated to them.
Access to Skala: On the beach, you can reach by car, if you’re coming from elsewhere, or by foot, if you are staying in the village. The distance from Argostoli is 51 km and from Poros 13 km.
Access to Kefalonia:
Arrival by Airplane: The airport of Kefalonia is found at the region of Svoronata (9 km off the island’s capital, Argostoli), on the south western side of the island. There are daily flights from Athens and Thessaloniki throughout the year; the flight time from both cities is 1 hour. Also there are numerous charter flights between the island and major European cities during the summer months. Additionally, during the summer there are flights between Kefalonia and other cities in Greece. The airport can be easily accessed either by private cars or by bus and taxi.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: There are daily boat connections between Kefalonia, Peloponnese and the district of Sterea Ellada.
From Astakos: There are daily boat routes from Astakos region (Sterea Ellada) to the port of Sami in Kefalonia that last approximately 2,5 hours.
From Patras: Occasionally, but not every summer, there are boat routes from Patras to the port of Sami in Kefalonia that last approximately 3,5 hours.
From Kyllini: There are daily boat routes from Kyllini (a port town in western Peloponnese) to the port of Poros, the main port of Kefalonia, that last approximately 1,5 hour. There is also a connection between Kyllini and Lixouri - Argostoli, but only during the summer months. Kefalonia is also connected with the rest of the Ionian Islands.
From Lefkada and Ithaca: There are boat routes between Vassiliki (Lefkada) and Fiscardo, Pisaetos port (Ithaca) and Fiscardo, as well as Ithaca and Sami.
From Zakynthos: The port of Pessada in southern Kefalonia operates ferries to Shinari -Zakynthos. This connection applies only during the summer months (May to October) and takes place twice a day. The journey, that lasts approximately 1 hour, is between the port of Pessada in Kefalonia and the port of Schinari in Zakynthos.
From Corfu: You can travel between Kefalonia and Corfu with a flying dolphin.
There is also a boat connection between Argostoli and Lixouri. The boat leaves every half an hour, the trip lasts 20 minutes.
Finally, in high season (from late July until early September), the port of Sami in Kefalonia receives ferries from Brindisi Italy.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you choose to visit Kefalonia using your car, you have three choices: You can drive to Patras (Athens-Patras 211 km), Kyllini (Athens-Kyllini 288 km) or Astakos in Aitoloakarnania (Athens-Astakos 301 km). Patras, Kyllini and Astakos can be accessed via the Athens-Patras National Highway, if you are travelling from Peloponnese, Athens or east-central Greece. If you are driving from northern Greece you need to take Egnatia Highway towards Igoumenitsa and then drive southwards. If you are driving through the Athens-Patras highway and you want to take the ferry from Astakos, you need to pass the bridge of Rio-Antirio and continue through Mesolongi towards Astakos.
Once you reach Patras, Kyllini or Astakos you take the ferry to Kefalonia. The journey’s time depends on the departure point.
Arrival by Bus: There are daily departures from Athens to Kefalonia, from Kifissos Terminal Station in Athens. The bus will go from Athens to Kefalonia (through Kyllini or Patras) and will reach its final destination, Argostoli, within about 6,5 hours. Kefalonia features the ports of Sami, Poros or Argostoli.
Buses: Kefalonia’s road network is good and so is its public transportation system. The main Long Distance Bus Terminal (KTEL) is in Argostoli and from there you can get information about itineraries and prices. The bus itineraries cover almost the entire island and the tickets are not expensive. There are 4 daily rides between Argostoli and Sami and 2 between Argostoli and Fiscardo.
Taxi Servise: A taxi can be used for short or longer distances. The main taxi station is in Argostoli, on Vlavianou Square. However, you can also hail for a cab in the main streets or central places. The fares are fixed between the capital city and the most popular destinations, but you can also check before you get onboard. In the main taxi stations you will also find a board with indicative fares for every destination.
Rent a Car or a Motobike: Kefalonia is the biggest of the Ionian Islands. There are many attractions, secluded beaches and monuments waiting to be explored, thus a car or a motorbike is always the most practical and convenient way to get around. There are numerous car rental agencies on the island. However if you are planning on visiting the island during summer months, it’s better to make a reservation in advance.
The terrain of the island is mountainous, with many purely agricultural areas, which means that tractors or other vehicles might appear out of nowhere or even animals or pedestrians. Needless to say that you should be extra careful and experienced, especially if you are riding a motorcycle or a scooter.