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Old Skala

Holiday Villas in Old Skala Resort

Old Skala has a fascinating history dating back as far as the Romans. Its stunning hillside location above the Ionian Sea was initially to keep it safe from pirate raids. Today, new life is growing from the ruins of the original village following the 1953 earthquake. Our villas look down over olive groves to Mounda Bay, and across the sea over to the neighbouring island of Zante and mainland Greece. Down the hill from Old Skala is the main beach resort of Skala. The beach is a mix of sand and single and several kilometres plenty of watersports. It’s also the best place to visit for a relaxed lunch or romantic dinner as the sun sets.

Exploring Old Skala On Villa Holidays

The closest shops are in Skala where a supermarket down on the beach front will supply all your holiday essentials. On the main street there is also a choice of mini markets, a couple of bakeries and souvenir shops selling perfect gifts to take back home.

If you want a night off from cooking at your villa, choose one of the restaurants along the beachfront in Skala for a perfect alfresco dinner while watching the sun set. If you prefer, have a light meze lunch at one of the cafes which are open all day. Katelios, around a 20 minute drive away, has a broad choice of seaside restaurants, where you can stroll through the village square and indulge in a glass of wine while immersing in traditional Greek culture.

Relax on Skala Beach - a long sand and shingle stretch of coast with sunbeds and parasols available for hire. For those looking for some excitement, water sports including jet skis, kayaking and ringos are available. Just 15 minutes' away by car is the sandy Kaminia Bays, a haven for nature lovers, thanks to the Loggerhead turtles that have chosen this bay as a nesting ground. Put yourself on a night-time 'turtle watch' to see why these creatures are so special to Kefalonia. Another great choice is Katelios Beach, which doesn’t have any facilities but is a lovely sand and shingle bay.

Leisure activities are mainly beach and sea based. A wide selection of water sports such as jet skis, kayaking, and ringos are available to hire. Daily cruises and glass bottom boat trips leave from Skala, and you can either explore the coastline or the nearby islands of Zante and Ithaca.

Horse riding is available 40 minutes away near Sami and Lixouri.

Whether you love history, nature or both, Old Skala is a great resort. At the edge of Skala village there are remains of a Roman villa. The villa was constructed in the 3rd century AD and belonged to a wealthy Roman. The floor has well preserved mosaics, depicting gods and animals.

Or why not take a boat tour through the stunning Melissani Lake, a natural cave system on the east of the island, where sunlight shines through the roof of the cavern causing the water beneath to light up. It’s reachable within an hour's drive.

Mount Ainos National Park is a spectacular area of natural beauty ideal for hiking or just enjoying the views. There is a road leading all the way up to the top of the mountain at 1,628 metres above sea level and footpaths through the olive groves and pine forests. The panoramic views from the top across to Ithaca and Zante are truly unforgettable. The best time to walk is spring and autumn when the temperatures are lower. If you're lucky, you'll spot some of the rare indigenous species of flora and fauna in the forest.