The community of Skala is comprised of the villages of Skala,Ratzakli, Alimatas,Koytrokoy,Fanies and Spathi. Skala is the largest resort in the south of the island, and is very popular with visitors to the island. It has an excellent sandy beach surrounded by pine trees. In the summer months there are plenty of sunbeds (cost around 10 euro per day for a set) and a variety of water sports are available.There is even a dive centre Bubbles, based in the resort.Skala has many restaurants and tavernas as well as small supermarkets, giftshops, a travel agents, bars, and car rental facilities. Many of these are located along Skala's main street, but do explore the side streets as there are car hire, shops and tavernas hidden away along many of these,which are often more competatively priced.

There are lots of apartments but they tend to be block booked by the tour operators so I would not recommend arriving here without a room booked in advance, in high season. Few of the hotels or apartments have a swimming pool but there are excellent pools and bars at "the pikiona", Paspalis Hotel and the Nine Muses Hotel, all near the beach, which which are open to anyone, and serve drinks and snacks all day. The skala express train runs along the road towards Poros in the evenings.

The resort has grown rapidly over the last few years, with lots of quality new accommodation being built along the road towards poros. Many of these are a fair way outside of Skala and so car hire may be essential. It appears that there are current plans to further develop Skala with a promenade, and more shops etc being built along this coast road. There are now cash point facilities in in Skala, one machine next to CBR on the main street and the other down by the pine trees before the beach.At the time of writing only one of these was in operation though.

From personal experience and that of relatives, I would recomend The Pines, The Old Village and the archontiko to eat at.There are a number of new tavernas this season too but I have not tried them yet so can not comment.Of these The Pines is the most "upmarket" with excellent service. Prices are a little higher than elsewhere in the resort but are definitely worth it. I particularly recommend the pines special lamb with pinenuts. The old village is good for grills- particularly the chicken fillet and pork chops, they also have good freshly made pizzas.

There is also a Pines too snack bar on the beach, which has internet access available, as does BB's Bar. The loft bar and skandinavia were very popular with younger visitors to Skala looking for a livelier evening.

Kaminia beach famous for its caretta caretta sea turtle is nearby on the road towards katelios.(proceed down the track opposite the hotel Aliki) Skala is an excellent choice for couples or families looking for a relaxed atmosphere with a good range of tavernas and a selection of bars. Please be aware that parking near to the beach in Skala can be a problem with everyone trying to find a little spot of shade under the pine trees.

Katelios, a small but rapidly developing resort is definitely worth a visit for its fresh fish tavernas and nearby Mounda and kaminia beaches where the turtles nest.

It retains its laid back atmosphere, and If you want to just sit around a small harbour and relax and watch the world go by, this is the place!

There is a lot of new accomodation being built, particularly along the road leading down towards the beach. The beach itself at katelios is narrow and tends to have a lot of seagrass.However, if you walk past the harbour area along to the right, there is a small safe sandy cove which is shallow for a long way out and excellent for the little ones to swim in.

Car Hire in Skala

If you are staying in Skala or Katelios I would advise hiring a car for at least a few days, particularly if you wish to visit Assos, Fiskardo and Aghia Efimia. It takes around 1 hr 50 minutes to drive from skala to Fiskardo, if you wish to go by bus it would take a couple of hours, as you have to go to Argostoli and then change busses. We have found that it is much cheaper to book a car independently, rather than through your holiday rep. If you are staying in Skala or Katelios recommend GREEKSTONES RENTACAR for friendly and reliable service.

Greekstones have offices in Skala (opposite the Noufaro restaurant's garden) and in Svoronata (on the main street , follow the signs from the cross roads for the Irena Hotel.Please mention this site when making a booking.

Mountain bike hire is also available in Skala. They can be found toward the bottom of the village opposite the skandinavia restaurant. A word of warning though, its uphill and the roads are full of potholes!

If you are feeling particularly energetic you could walk up to the old village of Skala. This is where the village was situated before the earthquake of 1953, when it was decided to relocate nearer the coast. Its quite a trek, and only suitable for those in good health. We obtained a sketch of the route from the Thomsons Panem office in the village. Just head up the hill towards the back of the village and keep on walking, past the football field and you will eventually see the collection of ruins and olive pressing machinery that remains. The ruins themselves are not particularly impressive apart from the baths and laundry ruins but you definitely get an eerie feeeling of the past here. The view below of Skala and towards Katelios is worth all the effort though.

Angie Cunningham webdesign updated 24/08/2003