We've just returned from two glorious weeks at the Porto Skala Hotel. Place was very clean, staff were more than helpful, food was very good. Although some might think it's location is a bit far out (2.5/3 km from Skala centre) it was never a great problem. My four year old daughter cried when she had to leave Vladi the Barman, and I cried when I had to say goodbye to Stella (sorry Boris).
On the whole an excellent place to stay in Skala - one downside, the general prices in the bars and restaurants had increased quite a bit this year, but that's the Euro for you.
Can't wait to go back.
We hired a Suzuki Jimny for 7 days. Service was excellent from Makis Pefanis and the chap from Bradford (sorry didn't get his name). The price was right, the attitude was right and the package was excellent. Pick-up and drop off back to Porto Skala, by a young guy who remembered me from seven years before.
I've hired cars and bikes from Makis over the last ten years and never had a problem with him.
Well what can I say. After a twenty year break what a disappointment the caves were. They had totally caved (sorry) in to tourism and had the 'ship them in ship them out' mentality. Gone were most of the 'tights, either vandalised or cut off to avoid the compensation culture. A flat concrete path had been bulldozed around the caves instead of letting you meander through the rocks, and the centre completely removed to allow concerts to play. I also remember a few more natural phenomena the last time I went but I think they too were removed so as to fit in more people.
The cafes and the pool area, again pandering to the tourist - just leave it alone, I don't want a plastic ciggy lighter with a naff logo on the side.
Lourdas is one of the best beaches on Kefalonia, not too sandy, but the pebbles are smoother here than at Skala, so don't hurt your feet as much. Had three concecutive days here, two extemely calm one a bit choppy, but still the warmest water I've ever swam in.
The backdrop to the beach is spectacular. Dark Pined covered mountains and the odd pastel covered villa dotted around. Plenty of tavernas, but one of the best is the grape vine covered one by the vegetable gardens and mini-mart.
The previous comment was about how to turn a fantastic natural phenomena twenty years ago, into a high turnover tourist attraction in the persent day.
If you liked it now - it would have blown your socks off twenty years ago.
The new restaurant is called 'SYMPOSIUM'.
The Aeolos is a very pleasant place to have a meal, be it at lunchtime or in the evening. The staff, led by Christos, are all very attentive and polite. We ate here three times this year and everytime was just perfect.
Screwed up the ratings on the previous post!
We stayed for the third year running at the Poto Skala in August of this year. For a family with two kids it is probably one of the best places to stay in Skala. You would be hard pressed to find anywhere else with the size of pool, secure grounds at night, and some of the most pleasant staff in the whole of Kefalonia.
Third year running with a visit to Klimatis. Yana remembered us (always a nice touch) and gave us a hug the day we left. The food was as good as ever and the service excellent.
We arrived in Skala at 12.30 pm one Sunday night in July. The supermarkets were closed but we knew we could get something to eat at the Marabou. They did us proud with omelettes all round wine and beer, when we left the waitress gave us a big bottle of water to take back with us.
We ate here three nights out of fourteen. You can't fault the service or the presentation, my only critisism would be that they are trying to be too European with the menu. Great setting and very attentive staff, Kostas, Andreas and the owner Gabriel were very pleasant. Not at all expensive compared to some!
Excellent welcome from Tolos and Yianni. Food was very good quality, choice of baked potato or salad with your meal not the mandatory chips. Swordfish was excellent, souvelaki and special lamb chops also.
Hello Napolean, Dina and Mum,
The Zebra is one of the friendliest places to go in Skala. Nickie and Katie are the nicest two barmaids around. It is very nicely set out and furnished. This year they have had two live groups late on. Sean Middleton - a solo performer and Mamacocco - a sort of Jazz, Soul, Fusion band.
We ate here three times this year and to be honest they were the best meals we has all holiday. The surroundings have been described as 'goldfish bowl like' but this is quite frankly untrue.
We went here only one night of our stay this year. While the staff are friendly and the welcome is pleasant the service was abysmal. We waited nearly an hour and a half for three pizzas and pasta.
The main man would not admit that he had forgotton to place our order even after several reminders.
Super Duper, friendly, great host.
We satyed with Rita for the third time in August 2008. The previous times had been in the early 90's and she hadn't changed a bit. Same old welcome and very pleasant with it. This time we went with our two kids 12 and 9. She remembered us from 1995 when our son was a baby and she had bought a cot and toys for his pleasure.
Great restaurant for basic well cooked food.
We stayed at the Paradise in mid August.