Holidays in Calabria are perfect for those who want to get away to an idyllic resort for some adventure and fun time and relax in the lap of nature.
Calabria is the hidden gem of Italy, with its mesmerizing scenery and breathtaking landscape. With a mix of lush green mountains, hidden monasteries, rugged coastline, ancient forests, and transparent turquoise and inviting sea, Calabria is a great region to explore and unravel the mystery of nature and local history of the region.
Here are a few must-see places to visit in Calabria:
Amantea is one of the most charming towns on the Tyrrhenian coast, offering the perfect atmosphere for relaxation and rejuvenation, with a remarkable sea front, wide-spreading beaches, numerous shopping arcades, plenty of eateries, and serene spots to stroll around in the evenings.
Tropea is a popular seaside resort, thanks to its vibrant and lively atmosphere that has turned it into a tourist hub. The monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola is the highlight of the town, as it is built on a promontory with a serene beach on one side and steep rocks on the other three sides. A must-visit destination during holidays in Calabria, Tropea boasts white sandy beaches – extending from Pizzo for 35 kms to Capo Vaticano – that are inviting and welcoming for tourists and locals alike. The first thing you notice when you land in Tropea are the off the motorway artesian stands that sell local vegetables, including the local delight - the red onions of Tropea – a proud culinary contribution to the world.
Pizzo, lying on the Calabrain coast, is surrounded by facades of houses that have been witnessing visitors who come to admire the beauty of this majestic town.
Cosanza and Reggio Calabria are known for their rich historical legacy, interspersed with some of the best known Greek and Roman ruins. As a history buff, you can find many artifacts on display in the archaeological museums here, with the National Museum in Reggio Calabria being the most popular. You will also find here some of the most important collections of Byzantine art, Iron Age tombs, bronze relics, and the world renowned Bronzes of Riace dating back to the fifth century BC.
Belmonte Calabro, lying a few miles from Amantea, is a quaint little old town sitting in the mountains, with majestic twists and turns and panoramic views of the turquoise sea. The marina part of the village is extremely relaxing and peaceful.
The towns of Scalea, Diamante, and Paola, lying north of Amantea, have a plethora of smaller villages to explore. Reggio Calabria is the southernmost tip of the toe, with plenty of interesting archaeological museums.
Most of the visitors to Calabria fall in love with the holiday resorts. Calabria holidays give you the opportunity to explore its majestic coastline, which overlooks the Ionian Sea on one side and Tyrrhenian Sea on the other, with plenty of quaint and lively towns and places of interest to marvel. For an adventure lover, skiing is a favorite activity in the majestic National Pollino Park and rustic Sila Mountains. You can ski in these beautiful mountains during the winter months and snorkel or scuba dive along the coast while the kids play in the rocky pools.
Undoubtedly, holidays in Calabria promise to enthrall and captivate you in this bewitching southernmost tip of the peninsula, with its warm weather, beautiful beaches, abundant sunshine, scrumptious food, rustic coast, and towering mountains – all of which make it an attractive holiday destination!