The one big dissapointment for us of our two week stay in Scala , was the standard of the beach,(.I was not expecting a golden sand stone free beach) but the mixture of large stones ,shingle and gritty sand with some litter amongst the weeds near the roadside was annoying , it was also very tricky getting in and out of the steeply shelving sea even with shoes on (an absolute must ). Non swimmers and children must be aware . Parasol and two beds were 7 euros a day . Although the beach was just about ten metres away we only went there three times ,but spent four days on superb Anti samos beach instead .
Spent first two weeks of June 2007 staying in Scala Kefalonia , Had one nearly full day of rain in first week otherwise weather was great, although swimming pool and sea were chilly at first things soon warmed up, maybe last two weeks of June would have been a better choice, But saying that bars and beaches were nice and quiet ,and almost child and football shirt free, and many of the colourful plants were in full bloom
Have just spent two weeks in the clean ,tidy and very well run hotel Paspalis in Scala .Its just across the quiet road from the beach and just five minutes walk to the shops and restaurants in the centre of Scala . Our room was plenty big enough (for two ) with balcony, fridge with small freezer compartment, telly and a nice powerful shower.No tea making facilities unfortunately ,safebox in wardrobe at extra cost . There was a large swimming pool with a small bit sectioned off for smaller children.The bar and restaurant were superb, friendly staff and a wonderful panoramic view of the ocean (see photo ) We met lots of people from other hotels moaning about this and that , but after a tour of the island we were more than satisfied with our choice of hotel and resort .
Thanks to this website we headed of to Greekstones as soon as we arrived in Scala (June 2007 ) and we were so glad we did. These two blokes are really helpful , friendly and jovial (they will probably tell you about the ejector seat ,red button ), I think we paid about 220 euros for a very newish looking hyundai assos (1000 cc ) with air conditioning, no problems at all . We were a bit worried about the roads but the traffic was extremely light , sometimes we would travel for miles without seeing another vehicle .
June 2007 , Although we only ate here the once (which we thoroughly enjoyed ) we always made a visit to see Makis (we called him mikey ) in his circular outside garden bar,he always made us feel welcome and spoke very good English .A nice cosy spot with English music and low profile big screen telly for those that wanted it .It was a bit like being at a barbie around your friends house . And I am sure he always undercharged me,
possibly scalas liveliest bar , good choice of beers and nice spot to people watch
Simple ,plain, good value food ,with nice friendly owner, a back to basics restaurant ,dont expect anything fancy here , as soon as we had eaten a free bottle of beer arrived for me, unbelievable , totaly laid back atmosphere, superb chicken on the spit , (only one toilet )
June 2007 , Ate at the Sciroco 3 or 4 times during our two week stay in Scala ,service could be a little bit slow when busy, but food was as good as any restaurant in the village, get there early and grab a seat by the road (which is closed to through traffic during the evening) and do a bit of people watching. The head waiter speaks very good English and has a very dry sense of humour.
June 2007 Probably the best restaurant that we ate at in Scala , super food and very swift service .
June 2007 Ate here just the once during our two week stay . Both of us deciding to have the daily special which was swordfish steak ,and very delicious it was ,washed down by a can of diet coke each the bill came to twenty six euros. As the swordfish was only eight euros we thought that five euros for a coke was a little over the top so we never went back .
june 2007 Reccomended to us by the chaps at Greekstones car hire , this really was one of the best value restaurants in the village , nice selection of dishes , very good service and a nice cheap bill at the end of it .
quite possibly the only restaurant in Scala to serve fresh warm rolls, super tidy and well run establishment with excellent varied menu
Most mornings from our hotel (Paspalis ) in Scala we watched the boarding (by step ladder) of the glass bottom boat, which normally looked quite crowded. Then one day we drove to Sami (about one hour )where we caught the Sami Star (a much larger boat with four toilets and a bar/cafe on board ) with about 25 people to Ithica. We set of at nine stopping at Vathy and Kioni for about 2 hours each ,then on the way home stopped at a cute bay for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the med arriving back at Sami at five. superb value for 25 euros
Stayed at Scala for two weeks but visited Anti Samos four times ,prefering it to Myrtos.On our way we would stop at the superb little bakery in Sami for some freshly made up rolls and cool drinks .The beach is set in a natural cove with a wonderful background of greenery, which was never busy during our visits.Plastic or rubber shoes are a must as this is a pebble beach where the sea shelves very deep , it is not really suitable for non swimmers and children . but it is superb for snorkelling (take some bread with you to attract the fish )
Very scenic when viewed from look out on cliff top , then scary drive down to sheltered natural cove, another sand and pebble beach where you need plastic /rubber shoes .Really quite stunning. Spoilt my visit by using the awful toilet .
We have just got back after staying for two weeks in Scala. Had a drive around the island to see if we had chosen wisely ,and from what we saw were perfectly happy with our choice of resort . Scala is just a small seaside village with a large beach, and a mainstreet which contains a bakery ,car hire places, a dozen or so restaurants,3 or 4 supermarkets , four or five bars,and a few touristy shops. More or less everything needed for a quiet sunny seaside holiday.
Sami is a nice little habourside town with around 15 to 30 shops . Most of its restaurants (about 10) are all in a line on the quayside, its a lovely spot to dine and look at the ferry boats etc.It also has a very nice bakery on the road in from the Poros direction .Anti samos beach is just ten minutes drive from here .Also found a tourist information office ,very handy for some free advice .
so glad we stopped here and had a nice lunch overlooking the small harbour accross the bay from the castle , super little spot
No complaints from us about Thomson ,. Took our own fresh rolls and drink on superb flights ( glad we did looking around) . Nice air conditioned coach transfer with toilet (took about one hour from airport to Scala ). Saw the Thomson reps a few times but didnt need to bother them ,as our hotel and holiday were just about perfection . Also found out from meeting people who went with other tour operators that Thomsons rates were very competitive.