Calabria: beautiful beaches at Italy’s southernmost point
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Calabria in brief

 

Visit Calabria for underground caves, medieval castles, scuba diving, interesting museums, super sandy beaches, spicy sausage and excellent local wines.

 

Location:

Southern Italy

Nearest airport:

Reggio Calabria

Key resorts & areas:

Capo Vaticano, Sibari, Isola di Capo Rizzuto

Major sights & activities:

Sightseeing in Reggio Calabria, Castello Aragonese in Le Castella, Chiesa di Piedigrotta underground caves, diving, windsurfing, rafting

Best time to go

April to September; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

Around 90% of Calabria’s landscape is made up of hills and mountains - perfect for keen hill walkers!

 

Beach holidays in Calabria

Often referred to as the toe of the boot of Italy, Calabria is a picturesque part of the country that is more laidback in many ways compared with other beach destinations along the western coast.

The landscape here is particularly hilly, but the coastline still has its fair share of beaches ideal for a relaxing getaway. Like most tourist hotspots in Italy, the beaches can get crowded in July and August, so it’s worth looking at visiting Calabria in the spring or autumn to escape the hordes.

Some of the main beach destinations to consider include:

 

Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano has previously been called one of the best beaches in the world, and for good reason. This long tree-lined stretch of ultra-fine sand occupies an idyllic setting and is lapped by the clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which are incidentally perfect for a spot of scuba diving.

Food and wine lovers will be in their element in Capo Vaticano thanks to the number of vineyards to visit and the profusion of local specialities such as the spicy Nduja sausage, which has a festival dedicated to it each August.

 

Sibari

Sibari on the Ionian coast is another popular beach perfect for those more interested in scenery than partying. The beach is unspoilt and and therefore ideal for families in particular.

The area is home to a number of historical attractions that are well worth visiting, including the Sybaris archaeological park and the nearby Sibaritide National Archaeological Museum, which houses artefacts dating as far back as the 11th century BC.

 

Isola di Capo Rizzuto

Located in Crotone on the Ionian coast, Isola di Capo Rizzuto is characterised by cliff-backed sandy beaches and a maritime reserve that protects the broad diversity of the marine life in the area.

Holidaymakers can go on several excursions from the area. One popular destination is the 16th century Aragonese castle in Le Castella, which is thought to have originally been started in the 4th century BC.

 

Jasmine Coast

The Jasmine Coast is the southernmost riviera in Calabria and is also spectacularly rugged. Jasmine plants are in profusion everywhere you go, while the hills are covered in olive groves and citrus orchards.

There are dozens of small beaches and resorts to choose from here, including Riace Marina, Roccella Ionica and Marina di Gioiosa Ionica. The beaches tend to be more rocky than sandy here, although that doesn’t detract from their aesthetic appeal.

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