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For the most beautiful beach in Kefalonia, you can't go past the inviting turquoise waters and soft golden sands of Skala. Situated on the southern tip of the popular Ionian island and just off the coast of mainland Greece, a package holiday to Skala with Direct Holidays promises pure relaxation - gorging yourself on fresh Greek seafood and having a laugh with the friendly locals.
The beach is certainly the place to be in Skala ' the 4km Blue Flag-awarded coast is backed by shady pine trees, while the shingle sand drops sharply into the crystal clear ocean. Grab a sunbed and parasol, pull out your holiday reading and have a sun-drenched siesta. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, slap on the sunscreen and jump on a jet ski for an adventure-filled day in the Ionian Sea!
The south of Kefalonia is a famous nesting ground for the beautiful loggerhead sea turtles, with the nearby Mounda Beach the best place to spot these incredible creatures. It's a largely undeveloped beach but there are fears for the turtles as tourist numbers increase. While it is a popular attraction, please follow the guidelines to ensure the animals' safety and minimise your impact on their precious breeding grounds. There are organised tours that will take you safely around the see the sights.
12km north from Skala is Poros - a pretty port town lined with Greek tavernas and seaside bars. There are a few exceptional beaches here, all with watersports facilities and sunbeds. You can also take a ferry or cruise out to Ithaca and Zakynthos to see the famous Blue Caves. The Poros gorge and the nearby sea rocks have some fascinating myths surrounding them, the local villagers will be more than happy to share the tales!
Old ruins of Skala
The present-day village has actually been rebuilt after an earthquake in 1953 destroyed the ancient settlement. However, some of the historic ruins still remain, including a 2nd century Roman villa with incredible mosaic tiles. There are also several traditional watermills that are worth visiting.
Explore by sea
There are plenty of watersports to choose from in Skala ' jet skiing, wind surfing, snorkelling, diving, peddle boats and more. Kayak tours are also readily available where you can visit secluded little coves, beaches and caves. Take a glass bottom boat out to the shipwreck of Perseus and the strips of beaches where the turtles come to nest.
Location is everything at this picturesque hotel. Sitting 800m back from the shingle beach allows Zephyros Hotel to sit up high on the hillside, offering panoramic views of Skala and the open sea. A family-run affair, the owners have all bases covered, including a pretty little vineyard where guests can actually get involved in the harvest process and wine-making if they want (late August to early September).
Big Village Hotel
As the name suggests, the Big Village Hotel is a spacious resort, with large rooms for families. You'll be right in the thick of things ' the beach is 300m away and the resort centre just 200m down the road. The hotel also has a swimming pool, whirlpool and snack bar to keep the kids occupied.
If you've come to Skala for the beach, then Regina Dell'Acqua couldn't be any closer. The golden beach is literally a hop, skip and a jump from your doorstep, allowing you to clock up some serious time on the sand. Once you've had your fill of the sea, you can head back to the hotel pool and sun terrace, dine out at international restaurant and then hit the massage room for a luxury beauty treatment. The Skala bars and nightlife are less than a kilometre down the road.