There are enough beaches and sandy coves on Kefalonia for every taste.
From smooth sandy beaches, shelving gently into clear waters, to pebble and shingle beaches where you can hear the water gently falling away from the pebbles attracting that delicious swishing sound that makes you forget all your cares.
Skala is unlikely to disappoint any avid beach lover. Its 3km-long stretch of pale sandy beach will instantly make you want to relax. There are sunbeds for hire, most of them belonging to a hotel or bar/restaurant.
If you want something more lively check out the part of the beach closest to the main village square, just outside of Metaxa Beach Bar. Here you can hear the music playing from the bar and has a chilled out vibe.
Makis Hotel also has sunbeds on the beach and usually has music playing and around 1km further up the beach you can find the trendy Ammos Beach bar.
My favourite part of the beach is just past here, before you get to Regina D'ell Acqua Hotel. There are plenty of bars and restaurants on hand for a great choice of refreshment all day long. The watersports here are awesome and a great choice awaits. Speak to Nickie to see what is on offer here!
The reason I have only given this beach 4.5/5.0 is that it is situated on the main Skala road, with many cars parking alongside the beach. However, don’t let this put you off.
This beach really does have it all. On arrival make your way through the pine trees and head down to the beach via the concrete road/ramp (this may be unsuitable for wheelchair users but I did manage to get a pushchair up and down here however).
Once on the beach, to the left is Costa Costa Beach Bar complete with toilet facilities and the latest sounds playing. If you venture right the beach goes on and on and you can find a quieter spot. There are many sunbeds for hire along here and from the start to the end of the beach the sand just shelves gently into crystal clear water.
When I am here at this beach I feel like I never want to leave. There are numerous places where you can get refreshments and stairs lead from the restaurants down to the beach. Sunsets from here are magnificent!
You can’t go wrong with one of the most photographed beaches in Europe. To access Myrtos you really need a car, or you can take the walking path from Aghia Efemia.
For me, the best bit about this beach is the view from the platforms above. The beach itself once you are there, although beautiful, is very hot and offers little in terms of natural shade. The local laws are constantly changing about whether they can or can’t offer sunbeds here, so I would take your own parasol just in case.
The colours of the sea are very beautiful, caused by the white pebbles under the surface of the water. Dont be fooled by the appearance of the fine sand from above. The shore line is full of pebbles and can make getting in and out of the sea very difficult.
Also, check the conditions before you swim here as there is a very strong undercurrent. When the waves come crashing in they are also very strong – take caution here at all times and never underestimate the power of the sea!
This beach is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Personally I am a big fan, it has a nice chilled vibe. (Think Cafe Mambo in Ibiza.)
It generally attracts a younger crowd, but there are people of all ages that come here. There is a cafe-bar serving hot and cold food and a range of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages – the cocktails here are very good!
Further along the beach away from the bar it gets quieter. There is a small watersports station here and you can hire pedaloes, canoes, paddle-boards and a range of non-motorised watersports.
The beach itself is a mix of pebble and sand, and the horseshoe shape cove remains fairly protected from the elements. Yachts like to moor here for the day, so make sure you look closely for any famous faces. The snorkelling is pretty good as well. I have found many starfish lazing around on the sea bed.
If you are staying in Skala or Katelios, this beach is accessible by foot (around 45-60 minute walk), otherwise you would need a car (or taxi) to get here. However, its one of my favourite beaches on the island.
The crystal clear warm water stays at waist height for what seems like forever and so is really well suited to families and nervous swimmers. It is sandy all the way along, until you near the middle of the Kaminia part where there are some rock pools, and there are other rock pools at either end of the beach.
There is a sprinkling of really nice beach bars that serve light refreshments for lunch. There are no watersports, and the Mounda part of the beach (to the left) is backed by sand dunes – don’t be surprised if you spot the odd naturist here.