Located in the extreme south of Italy, this region is touched by the clear and warm waters of the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Sea. From rocky coasts to sandy beaches, from wild nature to historical vestiges, they all make for this being a fabulous holiday destination in both summer and winter.
Calabria is made of five provinces: Cosenza, Crotone, Catanzaro, Vibo Valentia and Reggio Calabria. Catanzaro is the capital city of the region, and it hosts Europe’s tallest bridges as well as the remains of a Norman-era castle. Beautiful churches, castles and monasteries, palaces and old towns pay tribute to great history of this place. In the National Museum of Reggio Calabria for example you will find the Riace Bronzes, which are a most important vestige of Magna Graecia. The town of Stilo hosts a 9th century Byzantine church, and the mountains of the region host some medieval villages that are totally worth exploring from a holiday home in Calabria.
There are numerous cultures from around the Mediterranean that have left their mark on the region's culture and history. The artistic heritage of this region reflects the historical phases that Calabria went to, and the first artistic evidence in this area dates back to the Paleolithic era. From the Magna Graecia civilization that has left its mark here in places such as Sibari and Crotone known for their vase production, and Reggio Calabria with its handicrafts, to the vestiges from the Roman period, they can all be admired from a holiday villa in Calabria. Remains of Roman cities and burial places are to be found here, as well as religious architecture of the Byzantines such as the one in Cattolica di Stilo. Abbeys such as the San Marco Argentano, Sant'Eufemia di Nicastro, Mileto, as well as the renowned Cathedral of Grace are very impressive, and among the castles here the Rocca Imperiale and Roseto Capo Spulico are surely worth a visit. Festivals and celebrations, processions and various events take place in Calabria throughout the year, and the beach towns are ideal places for spending a summer holiday here.
The region's 800 km of coastline have a lot to do with the reasons why many people choose to spend a holiday in Calabria. Sunny beaches that dot the coastline here are perfect for relaxing and sunbathing, swimming and other alike. Capo Vaticano, in the province of Vibo Valentia is said to be among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. Great beach towns are Tropea, Scilla, Squillance, Scalea, Paola and others. Then you can also venture out from a holiday apartment in Calabria to visit the National Parks of Sila, Serre, Aspromonte and Pollino, with extensive forests, plateaus, a rich flora and fauna.
The region hosts numerous wellness centers, very well accessorized, multifunctional, offering all sorts of pampering and beauty treatments, various services. Capovaticano Resort Thalasso and Spa for example offers an incredible view of the Stromboli Volcano and of the Aeolian Islands as well, while the Sibarite Baths in Cassano Ionian are said to cure many disease. All in all, besides the impeccable nature and the fabulous coastline, a wellness weekend in Calabria comes as a most perfect “extra mile”.
When one thinks of renting a holiday villa in Calabria they most likely envision pristine beaches and a clear blue sea... and they are not wrong at all. Though there is much more to the region than its coastline, you can start your holiday in Calabria with some swimming, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, scuba-diving. The National Parks are a heaven for nature lovers, and there are even ski resorts that are equipped with artificial slopes to be used at any time of the year. Rafting along the Lao River or through the gorges of Sila, or maybe canyoning here, should not be excluded either. And when you're ready for some “head in the clouds” experiences, just ask for a paragliding instructor that will have you flying over the stunning landscape here.
A family holiday in Calabria? Just perfect. Perfectly suited for creating great new memories with your loved ones, wither by the sea, or in the nature parks here, either with practicing water sports or why not?... winter sports. A family group accommodation in Calabria is the ideal base for enjoying a perfect time in the south of Italy. Dine in a nice restaurant by the sea, go swimming in the Ionian Sea at beaches such as Pietragrande, Caminia and Giovino, then head across the peninsula and take a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at beaches such as Tropea, Diamante and Scilla. Visit the popular medieval villages offering stunning views and unique traditions, and on a Sunday, head to the mountains for a family lunch.
Calabria is a land of intense... intense beauty, intense emotions, and of course, the food also stands by this description pattern. To this effect, produce such as the 'Nduja (spicy sausage), or the Cipolla rossa di Tropea (a type of onion), Caciocavallo (a type of cheese) are very popular here. Of course, we cannot forget the olive oil, the licorice and the local wines either. Stockfish is also traditional to the area, cooked in many ways, and swordfish is a local specialty that you should definitely try, besides of course, the pasta, the seafood, and all the others.
Spending a holiday with a pet in Calabria is a wonderful way to unwind and not be homesick for Scooby while you're on a summer holiday by the sea for example. In Catanzaro for example you can totally enjoy spending time with your pet, book a pet friendly holiday home in Calabria and also get to the beach with your Pooch, check out tourist resorts like Tropea, Capo Rizzuto, Lamezia Terme. Enjoy the "dolce vita" together with your pet buddy this year!
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A holiday in Calabria is one that ideally combines the "art" of doing nothing but laying on a beach and enjoying the sand and the sea, with lots of fun and also with historical and cultural venues that are simply unique. A place that you will never forget!
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