Skala, Cephalonia

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Skala
Σκάλα
Location
Skala is located in Greece
Skala
Coordinates38°4′N 20°47′E / 38.067°N 20.783°E / 38.067; 20.783Coordinates: 38°4′N 20°47′E / 38.067°N 20.783°E / 38.067; 20.783
Government
Country:Greece
Administrative region:Ionian Islands
Regional unit:Cephalonia
Municipality:Cephalonia
Municipal unit:Eleios-Pronnoi
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Village
 - Population:530
Community
 - Population:700
Other
Time zone:EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
 
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Skala
Σκάλα
Location
Skala is located in Greece
Skala
Coordinates38°4′N 20°47′E / 38.067°N 20.783°E / 38.067; 20.783Coordinates: 38°4′N 20°47′E / 38.067°N 20.783°E / 38.067; 20.783
Government
Country:Greece
Administrative region:Ionian Islands
Regional unit:Cephalonia
Municipality:Cephalonia
Municipal unit:Eleios-Pronnoi
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Village
 - Population:530
Community
 - Population:700
Other
Time zone:EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)

Skala (Greek: Σκάλα) is a picturesque village located in the municipal unit of Eleios-Pronnoi, some 39 km south from the island's main town of Argostoli and 14 km SW of Poros, in the south of Cephalonia, one of the Ionian Islands of Greece.

During the summer, Skala becomes a popular holiday destination and has a growing number of apartments, hotels, tavernas, bars and gift shops, together with the all year round supermarkets, bakery and pharmacy. Additionally, there are two cash machines.

Skala's 'blue flag' beach is a three kilometre stretch of sand with a shingle foreshore with a backdrop of pine trees. It is a large sandy beach with crystal clear blue waters. It is one of the most beautiful and crowded beaches of Kefalonia. The beach has a very steep entry into the sea, elderly or infirm will struggle to exit the sea. Although the beach is equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds, there is still plenty of space to escape the crowds. There are watersports available for the energetic. Near the beach you can find many cafes, taverns and restaurants to relax and enjoy great traditional tastes.

The tourist resort of Skala offers great choices for your stay and your entertainment. You can find many hotels, apartments, bars and gift shops. It is worth exploring the whole region, as you will discover more beautiful beaches and picturesque villages.

The beach of Skala is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kefalonia with crystal turquoise waters and it is an ideal destination for swimming and relaxing in your holidays in the island.

Villages[edit]

The community of Skala consists of the following villages:

History[edit]

The current village was built in 1956 and replaces the old village which was levelled during a devastating earthquake on August 12th 1953, killing 36 and injuring hundreds of villagers. The original village was located on the hill behind the present one, as many of the island's were, in order to avoid invasion from raiders and pirates during the previous centuries.The name 'Skala' originates from the Greek word for stairs. It was given this name because when it was in its original place, the houses seemed to ascend almost as though they were a set of stairs.

On the edge of the present village is the remains of a 3rd-century Roman villa with some remarkably well preserved mosaics. Visitors can visit the site free of charge to see the mosaic flooring in three rooms, which were excavated in 1957.

Three kilometres along the beach road towards Poros is the site of a 7th-century Temple dedicated to the god Apollo. Here you can see the foundation stones and parts of three Doric columns.

Agriculture[edit]

Skala was a farming community up until the onset of tourism 20 years ago. Most families had and still have fields or small holdings on which they grow summer and winter vegetables, together with their wine producing vineyards, and olive trees providing Greece's elixir of life, olive oil. Orange, lemon, walnut, almond and fig trees have been planted throughout the area.

Herds of goats, sheep and cows freely roam the hillsides around Skala. Multi coloured beehives can be seen dotted around the fields and hillsides, producing Cephalonia's delicious thyme flavoured honey.

Transport[edit]

Buses link Skala with the island's main town Argostoli, twice in the morning during the summer months - this reduces to a single service during the winter. Only one bus returns to Skala in the afternoon once the shops in Argostoli close at 2pm. There is also a bus connecting Skala to Poros.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003.