Any wish can be fulfilled if you decide to visit Calabria.
For those who prefer dive into a crystal- clear sea and get tanned on the sun can choose from the many awesome localities along the long Tyrrhenian (Riviera dei Cedri, Costa degli Dei, Costa Viola) and Ionian Coast.
On the other hand those who love nature, its mysteries and scents, can explore the hinterland of Calabria, discovering pure and unpolluted sceneries, almost wild, where huge green sweeps alternate with blue lakes, waterfalls and canyon.
The wonder of “Costa degli Dei” (The Coast of the Gods)
Also known as the Costa Bella for its vicinity to the Aeolian Islands, the Costa degli Dei is 34.2 miles long and spans the length of the Province of Vibo Valentia on the southern Tyrhennian. Tropea, Capo Vaticano, San Domenico and Parghelia are the most famous white sand beaches on the Tyrrhenian coast whose main features is the crystal clear water.
They are set in beautiful coves and surrounded by rocks. Here you can find various water sport equipment including speed and paddle boats. Tropea in particular is the most breathtaking place on the Calabrian coastline: in spite of its crystalline waters and Carribean-like sands, it’s well known for the awesome vista that includes the Aeolian Island. Tropea essence also stands on its products such as its oily fish and red onion for which an annual fair is held
Prized for its gastronomy (especially for its truffle) and for its position overlooking the lovely Gulf of Sant’Eufemia, Pizzo Calabro is a little fishing village suspended precipitously over the sea.
Ever further south, opposite the mythic Stromboli, is the Promontory of Capo Vaticano, considered to be one of the world’s best beaches.
The seabed, rich with life, and the bays, like that of Grotticella, are nature’s gifts to Capo Vaticano, and to those that seek it out.
Sila National Park, Calabria’s wild spirit
We suggest visiting Sila National Park a high plateau in the northern part of Calabria which covers the provinces of Catanzaro, Cosenza, and Crotone. You will be surprised by the exciting landscapes stretching out towards Pollino, Aspromonte, Etna, the sunny side of the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea on which, with the clean air, you will be amazed while observing the imposing presence of the Aeolian Islands.
The rural landscapes of the region are made of vast forests of Corsican pine, cedar, beech and European silver firs. From the 1928 Botte Donato, the highest summit on the plateau, down to the lower altitudes, animal life has diversified in order to adapt to the different climates and vegetation. You can find there wolves, deer, squirrels, owls, salamanders, and vipers all hidden away in this area, which has been protected since 1968.
Those who love a good challenge should not miss a rafting experience along the Lao River or through the Sila gorges and a day trip along Sersale Valli Cupe Canyon.
Calabria’s cultural aspect
Calabria has also a deep cultural and artistic heritage, it was the cradle of Magna Grecia, a land of ancient settlements, full of splendid churches, monasteries, castles, places and town where age old traditions still survive. Art lovers will not want to miss the occasion to visit the famous Riace Bronzes at the National Museum of Reggio Calabria.
The Riace bronzes are representative surviving examples of ancient Greek sculpture. They belong to a transitional period from archaic Greek sculpture to the early Classical style, disguising their idealized geometry and impossible anatomy under a distracting and alluring “realistic” surface.
Keen to discover the hidden treasure of Calabria? It doesn’t matter if you prefer sea, nature or culture… You’ll find what you’ll never expect!