La Skalita

Southern Kefalonia

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  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining area (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, WiFi) with doors to poolside terrace. Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine).
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and large, part shaded balcony.
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Covered and open terraces. Private parking.
  • Private pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps.

This jewel of a property sits in a prime spot; overlooking the splendid Skala valley where verdant hills roll down to the virtually endless sandy beach and bustling seaside town of the same name. On the south west of the headland that juts into the sea is Mounda Beach (1.8km), a unique and protected stretch of unspoilt sandy coastline renowned as a centuries-old nesting site for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. Situated on the hillside just above Skala,the surrounding landscape is attractively dotted with fields, olive groves and winding country tracks.

Flanked by pretty rose bushes and tiered gardens, La Skalita is a perfect hideaway for a couple seeking a convenient holiday base. Situated on the very edge of the village itself, the house offers all the space and comfort of a much larger property plus some quite exceptional views of the glittering Ionian Sea from the terrace and balcony.

Stone clad walls lend the house interior an air of cool timelessness and provide an authentic backdrop to a décor that is both tastefully rustic yet classic in style. Of open plan design, the living area has large patio doors leading onto the pool terrace which seamlessly invites the outside, inside!

On the first floor, the double bedroom with en suite shower room boasts wooden rafters, a traditional wrought iron bedstead and a pretty balcony that looks out towards the island of Zante and delights in the sort of sunsets that come straight from a picture postcard.

Being of a size usually found in much larger properties, the private pool is a particular highlight and the adjacent terrace is also spacious with a shaded dining area that is perfect for laid back lunches relaxing to the pastoral chorus of cicadas and distant chime of sheep bells drifting on the breeze.

Considered to be one of the best on the island, Skala Beach (1.8km), is fringed by towering pine trees and offers a good choice of watersports and plenty of beachside bars while the town itself hosts an ample selection of restaurants, cafes and all amenities. Kefalonia is a wonderful combination of history and natural beauty with the Aenos Mountain range covered in quaint hamlets and settlements to explore. Equally tempting is is the nearby fishing village of Katelios (7km), a gorgeous spot for an intimate fish supper in one of the waterside tavernas.

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Great Things to Do Near La Skalita

Preparing Your Own Ouzo Meze

There are many different brands of ouzo, the most popularones are made on the island of Lesvos. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes so we suggest that you buy the one that you like the look of best, as the tastes are all similar. As for the meze part, traditionally, this is a small platter that is made up from bits and pieces that are either left over from a previous meal, or small pieces 'stolen' whilst cooking a meal for someone else!

If the Weather is too Hot or too Wet...

...then seek refuge in the Caves of Drogarati. Thesewonderful caves can be found a couple of kilometres south of Sami, and the stalagmites and stalactites here are truly amazing. The cave is actually quite big, and makes for some wonderful photographs - take a jacket though, as it can be quite cool down there

Try Kefalonia Meat Pie

The Greeks love their pies, and the Kefalonians have taken it onestep further in producing this nourishing dish. Everyone has their own 'secret' recipe, so we are unable to tell you exactly what's in it, but it is filo pastry stuffed with minced pork meat and rice - along with an undisclosed mixture of spices and sauce. Delicious!

Dine in Style in Agia Efimia

in what many people describe as the best taverna on the island,Paradise. Yes, that's the name of the taverna. You'll find it as you leave Agia Efimia, keeping the sea on your right hand side - just beyond the Gonatas Hotel.

Walk Across the Drapano Bridge

and watch the fishermen catch their lunch. You'll berewarded with beautiful views of Argostoli on the way back. Stop off at the new trendy eaterie Lathokolla, just off the main square, which serves up cheap and cheerful meat dishes like souvlaki, kebabs, and delicious kotosouvli, a Kefalonian speciality, served on brown paper tablecloths!

Read Captain Corelli's Mandolin

And then try to visit all the places mentioned within thissplendid Louis de Bernieres novel.

Take a Trip

to the aquamarine waters of Melissani Cave. We should entitle this 'not to be missed'. Melissani Cave with its lake is simply stunning: the colours and eerie atmosphere is something you will never forget.

Walk up to the Venetian castle in Assos

as the sun goes down. A very romantic experience, but please be aware that it is a fairly rigorous walk up. The views and the atmosphere at sunset are something that you will want to witness again and again.

Spend the afternoon at Myrtos beach

We suggest afternoon, because this is when the sun isshining fully on the beach, and you'll enjoy the amazing experience of bathing at one of the most glorious beaches. Myrtos has regularly been voted amongst the top 5 beaches in Europe over the past few years, and we are sure that you will endorse this bold claim.

Visit another island for the day - Lefkas

Well, not exactly an island, although many localssay that it is (it's attached to the mainland by a very narrow thread of land). This is serious windsurfing territory, those of you that have heard of Club Vass will find their paradise here, but if you are not the windsurfing type, then there are plenty of other attractions to seek out on this mountainous and beautiful 'island'!

Argostoli back streets - explore a little...

For retail therapy, the pedestrian Lithostrato offers a wonderful selection of shops offering everything from local produce to stylish leather shoes. Plenty of local cafes for refreshment and the Orthodox church of St. Spiridon and Catholic church always have their doors open. ( Make it Tuesday, Thursday or Fridays in the evenings when all the shops are open!)

Island-Hop for the Day - Zakynthos

Another island, not so far away from Kefalonia, but it could be at the other end of the world, such is the contrast between these beautiful islands. Take the daily ferry over from the port of Pessada for the 90 minute crossing to Skinari, in the north of Zakynthos, and from there you could take another boat trip to the amazing ship-wreck beach, or go for a sightseeing tour before catching the evening ferry back.

Wine-Lovers rejoice!

With 8 different wineries to choose from, Kefalonia is a wine conossieurs delight. Metaxas winery is 12 kms from the villa in Mavrata, so close enough to spend an afternoon stocking up for the holiday and then deciding which ones to take home! Compare them with the other famous wineries such as Gentilini and Robola Co-operative!

Aim for the Top!

Drive up to St George's castle above the village of Peratata, in the middle of the island as the views are magnificent, and the little taverna up there is highly recommended. The question is how did they get the building materials up there so high? The taverna is open until 3pm daily.

A bit of a mouthful in both senses!

Visit any Zaxaroplastio for a sweet pastry! This complicated word denotes popular pastry shops that have a large array of tiny, sticky, confections, using filo pastry, nuts, honey, figs and raisins, some cakes ooze chocolate - naughty but nice…!

Marvel at ancient Tetris: the Cyclopean Walls

Dating from 1,500BC, this ramshackle wall stretches from Argostoli harbour 5km away, and is comprised of incredibly huge stones hoisted neatly together like a three-dimensional game of Tetris played by a giant. The evocative name springs from the fact that when later generations came across the immense wall, they believed it had been built by the one-eyed giants, the Cyclops.

To the ends of the world?

The Monastery of Kipouria (Moni Kipoureon) on the Paliki peninsula, near Lixouri (15km) has unforgettable sunsets. The magnificent position of the monastery itself is located at the western side of the island of Kefalonia, overhanging a cliff that crashes into the Ionian, and makes you feel as if the end of the world was beneath your feet. Founded in 1750, it is also known as the veranda of the Ionian. There is a tour given by a solitary monk who still lives there, an unforgettable experience

Heading: Climb the black mountain: Mount Ainos

More intrepid adventurers can drive to the gates of Mount Ainos national park, and then hike to the peak for a picnic. Despite being the third highest mountain in Greece at 1632 metres, this is an easy climb with a comfortable track and lots of footpaths in good condition thanks to the shepherds who walk with their flocks over the mountain. It takes about three hours to make the ascent, and you're likely to see some of the 20 or so rare wild horses that roam the countryside here. Keen wildlife spotters will also see raptors such as buzzards and owls, the vast rare Griffon vultures, and various types of falcon. In fact, over 50% of Greek bird species favour this mountaintop, great for bird-spotters or just nature lovers you'll also be able to enjoy views over the whole island on clear days

Spook yourself out at the Mazarakata tombs

Between the villages of Lakythra and Metaxata visit the eerie Mazarakata tombs and wander among the ancient graves where wildflowers bloom in colourful abundance. Excavated mainly by Kefalonian archaeologist Panayotis Kavvadias in 1908, the burial chambers had been filled with decorative clay pots, tiles, glassware and gold plates, which are now housed in the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli. Today all that remains are the tombs themselves, where you can clamber and explore as you choose. It's a remarkably tranquil area, and the ideal place to spend a few hours with a sketchpad imagining the ancient civilisation that created it.

Sea kayaking

Discover the beauty of the seascapes around the island on a sea-kayak, with one of the many tours available. Follow the coastline and travel through unique caves and rock formations, past limestone cliffs and remote beaches, whilst enjoying a relaxing glide in the crystal-clear waters

Nearby

Towns

Argostoli 50 mins

Beaches

Skala Beach 5 mins
Mounda beach 10 mins
Katelios beach 15 mins

Airports

Kefalonia 50 mins
Times are approximate

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