14 must-see beaches in Calabria

The tip of the Italian boot has the beautiful appearance of Calabria, a kind of peninsula in the peninsula, washed by two different seas and kissed by a territory rich with few equals, mostly mountainous, but best known for 780 kilometers of coastline.

Given the great territorial vastness, Calabria can be recommended to a diverse audience: young people looking for fun, especially in the summer months of July and August, those seeking peace and unspoiled corners. For those who can, and does not like crowds Agostini, the advice is to experience the Calabria in the months of June and September.

Summer during which, if you can, it would be even better to avoid using the motorway Salerno – Reggio Calabria, for decades wrath of every Italian motorist broken face south. Better, then, opt for the train or plane aiming at the airports of Reggio Calabria, Crotone and Lamezia Terme.

Let’s see in more detail some locations of the long coast of Calabria.

Tropea – Vibo Valentia

Coordinates 38°41′00″N 15°54′00″E


It is one of the most famous seaside resorts of Italy. The merit of the clear blue sea and the wide beaches and white, combined with a particular territory that sees the country dominate the territory from a rocky outcrop surrounded by beaches that can be reached through steep streets and long stairways. In summer it is overrun by tourists, especially young people who are in the many venues at every opportunity to give vent to their desire for fun.
Discover the most beautiful beaches of Tropea.

Capo Vaticano, Ricadi – Vibo Valentia

Coordinates 38°37′19″N 15°49′56″E


A place of rare beauty, is dominated by a rocky outcrop of granite. The beaches (almost all of white sand) are not extensive and the rocks just behind. The scenery is really impressive and the sea is an amazing clarity. Despite Capo Vaticano there is not a real country, there are several beaches, also with entertainment. Not very large, the summer are particularly crowded.

Photo: Giada

Caminia, Stalettì – Catanzaro

Coordinates 38°44′48″N 16°33′09″E


Not far from Catanzaro (about 12 km), it is a very wide beach situated between two large panoramic cliffs. The white sand, clear water and sloping seabed (though in a rather rapid) make the town also excellent for families with children. For the most part it’s free beach, but there are also two public beaches for those who prefer the coasts equipped. The nearby cliffs are full of fascinating caves and ancient archaeological finds.

Photo: Sara Tavano

Zambrone – Vibo Valentia

Coordinates 38°42′00″N 15°59′00″E


Close to Tropea, offering a succession of different scenarios: stretches of rugged coastline alternate with small coves and more extensive areas of fine sand. Everything always bathed by the crystal blue sea. chaotic less than Tropea, it’s still a well-equipped place where there is no lack of excellent quality accommodation, very often directly overlooking the sea and equipped with equipped beaches.

Photo: Giada

San Nicola Arcella – Cosenza

Coordinates 39°51′00″N 15°48′00″E


If Praia a Mare on the one hand and on the other Scalea are undoubtedly the most famous places, among them, San Nicola Arcella stands as a wonderful brackets a little ‘wilder. The stretch of coastline is long and wide, with its gray sand. Behind, the Pollino massif is a sight for the eyes and a natural shelter from the wind. The sea is clear and the seabed slopes gently, inviting children and adults to swim. The beaches are equipped, but there are more secluded coves. Spectacular Great Arch Beach (photo), a beautiful rocky natural arch that leads to a small and quaint hidden beach.

Photo: Giovanni Carnevale

Santa Domenica di Ricadi – Vibo Valentia

Coordinates 38°37′34″N 15°51′56″E


The portion from which part of the staircase that leads down to the beach of Scalea Ricadi. The coastline is rather steep and rocky, but interspersed with short sandy stretches and very white. Beautiful sea, always clean, crystal clear and never too crowded even in the summer months. It was once a very wild area; Today they different services for tourists are developed, although the scenery still offers impressive nature of feelings.

Photo: Robyn Hood

Marina Grande di Scilla – Reggio Calabria

Coordinates 38°15′00″N 15°43′00″E


Place from mythological charm, looks like a big bay nestled between two rocky ridges on which they are located, on the one hand, the old Castle Ruffo, on the other the famous Belvedere Morselli which opens towards the nearby Reggio Calabria.
Between these ends, the coast is about one kilometer long, made up of fine gravel. Very fast to reach by the Reggio Calabria.

Photo: Gino Russo

Tonnara di Palmi – Reggio Calabria

Coordinates 38°22′00″N 15°51′00″E


In the province of Reggio Calabria, near the popular resort of Palmi, it opens a long coastline of about 2 km, characterized by fine white sand. The sea is clear and inviting, with a particularly rich backdrop that lends itself to pleasant diving. There are plenty of facilities for tourists, both in terms of hotels, both for its nightlife. At both ends of the beach stand high cliffs on which climbs a spectacular coastal road.

Photo: Alessia

Praia a Mare – Cosenza

Coordinates 39°55′00″N 15°46′00″E


One of the most popular seaside resorts in the region, the traditional summer tourism destination. The beach is very wide, with fine gravel mixed with sand that goes into a gradually sloping sea, perfect for children. The surrounding landscape is very striking with, to dominate, the Dino Island (pictured), within swimming distance of the beach. The seabed is rich in vegetation and the island base, limestone, hides beautiful ravines as the Blue Grotto and the Lion of Pediment.

Photo: Corrado Tripicchio

Capo Rizzuto – Crotone

Coordinates 38°58′00″N 17°06′00″E


Leaning on the Ionian Sea, in the eastern part of Calabria, Capo Rizzuto is a marine reserve that has kept the old splendor. Easily accessible by road, is not, however, a destination for mass tourism, making it perfect for those looking for a bit ‘more of tranquility and an extraordinary sea, ideal for those who love diving, both for its natural beauty, for both Greek ruins that can be found in the nearby resort of Capo Colonna. Also beautiful Le Castella (pictured) fraction of Capo Rizzuto, dominated by the Aragonese castle.

Photo: Beppe

Soverato – Catanzaro

Coordinates 38°41′00″N 16°33′00″E


In the province of Catanzaro, in the extreme south of the Gulf of Squillace, it is one of the most famous resorts of the Ionian Sea. The coast is wide, characterized by fine white sand. Rich in hotels and tourist attractions, it becomes a bit ‘busy during the summer, but the sea does not lose in beauty and clarity. Very nice also the city’s waterfront, always busy on summer evenings, from walkers.

Photo: Mikuzz

Diamante & Isola di Cirella – Cosenza

Coordinates 39°41′00″N 15°49′00″E


Located in the charming Riviera of the Cedars, Diamond is located at the western north of Calabria. More than tourism, however remarkable, the fame of these places is linked to the history, as evidenced by the many ancient remains that can be visited in the surroundings. Among these, the most striking is the watch tower in the Isle of Cirella, right on the coast. The rugged coastline of the islet are very frequented by divers.

Photo: Andrea Crisci

Copanello di Stalettì – Catanzaro

Coordinates 38°45′59″N 16°34′02″E


In the Gulf of Squillace, not far from Catanzaro, it is one of the most famous places in the so called Coast of the Oranges. The particular shape, with the long stretch of sand that is interrupted from the cliff on which is situated the country. In summer, the area comes alive thanks to the many tourist facilities suitable for families and young people looking for fun. The sea is clear and clean with sandy bottoms; the cliff area, however, is suitable for snorkeling.

Photo: francesco gigliotti

Roccella Jonica – Reggio Calabria

Coordinates 38°19′00″N 16°24′00″E


Roccella Jonica is one of the municipalities that are followed for the long stretch of coastline known as the Jasmine Coast. In this area, the ground is composed of pebbles and sand and extends for kilometers almost without interruption, if not for the rocky stretch on which there are the evocative remains of the Castello di Roccella. Even in the busiest months, the space is so large that there is room for everyone.

Photo: Silvana niutta

Calabria, from north to south

In a virtual tour that starts from the Tyrrhenian coast, Calabria is with magnificent beaches surrounded by lush countryside full of forests and glades. To Lamezia Terme, the terrain becomes more level and reaches the sea appears with spacious sandy beaches. A few kilometers further south, in the Coast of the Gods, the landscape is transformed into a succession of coves and bays, interspersed with small white beaches. Continuing, returns the sand near the plain of Gioia Tauro, where the huge port seems to guard towards the narrow strait beyond the age that saw the Sicilian coast.

To the south of Reggio Calabria you arrive at the point where the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea meet. The coast, at this point, dates back to the north to meet new wonderful beaches, from the Gulf of Squillace the big spur of the province of Crotone and, again, the plane extended from Cosenza.




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