Skala Eresos is the perfect holiday location for families and friends, young and old. From the sun worshipping beach lover to the sports enthusiast, from the peace and quiet book lover to the off road cyclist and from the late night party lover to the early morning rambler, Skala has something to offer for everyone.
As well as managing to avoid the commercialism that has destroyed many islands in the Mediteranean Skala Eresos has managed to find a balance between the diverse demands of the tourists it attracts and conservation of its traditions and culture. How you enjoy your holiday in Skala is up to you, quiet and peaceful, sporty and energetic or partying through the night, in Eresos you have the choice!
For the more energetic there is plenty to do
Rambling and walking either with friends or in one of the walking groups organised by locals. Depending on the time of year you can collect fruits and herbs while you walk.
Cycling around the valley and, if you have the stamina and the legs for it over the hills to one of the nearby villages
Watersports for fun and courses for the more serious
Volleyball games - normally late afternoons on the beach
Each month has its own beauty and something different to offer. Easter is a special time in Greece and this year it falls in April and is late enough for you to enjoy and sunshine and experience the traditions and atmosphere of the most important holiday in the greek calendar. There are many ceremonies during easter week and you dont have to be a christian to take part and enjoy them. Processions take place from the village churches on Easter Friday carrying the 'Epitaphios' to the village square where everyone joins together and sings Easter psalms. The ceremony of light takes place on the night of Easter Saturday when most people will attend church for the resurrection mass and at midnight every one will light a candle of 'holy light'. After the ceremony you will see people walking home with their candle still burning and don't be surprised if you see people driving home with lighted candles in the car. It is traditional for the red eggs and traditional breads made for easter weekend to be prepared during the week and after 40 days of fasting Easter Sunday is a day of celebration and the traditional roasting of the lamb on an open fire. Families and friends will come together to eat, drink and celebrate together and everyone is welcome. For more information see http://www.greecetravel.com/easter/
May is a great time to visit as spring is in full swing and the valley is covered in colour with wild flowers and blossom everywhere. A walk through the valley will reward you with fresh almonds, wild herbs and vistas that will stay in your memory for ever. Many migrating birds are also passing through on their way north to escape the hot summers of southern Europe and Africa. May is perfect for those who like to ramble, enjoy bird-spotting, love nature and want to avoid the heat of July and August.
Also in May the Sappho Spring Festival takes place. Originally inspired by the much missed Sappho Garden Theatre Bar and organised by Marleen from Travel Women the festival has gone from strength to strength. With an emphasis on group events and having fun together, the Spring Festival is great for those travelling alone and wanting to make friends. With two weeks of organised dinners, beach events and fun sports events, as well as nature walks, moped tours and evening dance parties there is plenty to do and whether you join in is up to you. The 2014 festival takes place between 16th and 31st May
As spring comes to an end and summer slowly takes over, the temperatures start rise and the days grow longer.
July arrives and the tourists numbers start to increase. Skala Eressos is a small village with limited accommodation so it is never going to be as busy as popular resorts but this is one of its main attractions. Busy enough to have a good time and make new friends but quiet enough to get away from it all. During the display the village celebrates is patron saint St Andrew with a dace night in the village square with a live band and traditional dance displays. Always popular the music plays on until the early hours of the morning.
August is popular with families due to the school holidays and is the time when most greeks and italians take their holidays.
September is a great time to visit for those who want to avoid the heat, with the village winding down from the busy August period and the locals finding time to come out and join in the fun.
September is also the time when the well known and popular International Womens Festival takes place. Attracting women from all over the world, some of the highlights include live performances by a variety of artists, film screenings, workshops, art exhibitions, international DJ's with parties in the various bars as well as on the beach. If your looking for a holiday where its easy to meet to meet other women and make friends this is a good time to come.