Calabria; for your perfect Italian Adventure!
Calabria is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Along the coastline you are never far from a beach. A railway runs the length of the Ionian sea coastline so you need to look for bridges or underpasses to cross the railway line to get to the coast. But once you do the beaches are magnificent many of which are very quiet even in the height of the season. There are also beaches where you can hire sunbeds and that have beach bars, restaurants and lifeguards.
Inland Calabria is mountainous and you can even ski here in the winter season. Drive to one of Calabria's three national parks to walk in the cooler evening air.
Villages and towns
The hillside towns of southern Italy are a must for ever holiday maker. Join the locals having a coffee or a gelato in the village plaza. Most villages and towns will also have a beautiful church that is worth looking at.
Art lovers will not want to miss the occasion to see the famous Riace Bronzes, on display in the National Museum of Reggio Calabria. The bronzes are an important vestige of Magna Graecia and are a rare example of classical Greek sculpture.
Italian markets are a delight to visit and all the towns and villages have a market selling seafood, meat and cheese as well as household goods and souvenirs.
More active excursions include a visit to ‘the Cascades' or hiring a motor boat from one of the beachside restaurants at San Andreas Marina.
Why not dive down to the toe of Italy and get the ferry across the Messina strait and explore a little bit of Sicily.
Things you need to know
Southern Italian infrastructure is still developing and you will find many unfinished roads and buildings. However this has a certain charm as it lends itself to a very relaxed pace of life. Many shops and restaurants still observe siesta and close in the afternoons, Sundays and bank holidays.
Local fruit and veg can be bought at road side stalls, whilst not quite looking as perfect as our supermarket produce – the taste is wonderful.
The cooler evening air is perfect for getting the whole family out. The Italians don’t generally eat until late in the evening so you will find many restaurants don’t open until 8.00 or even 9.00. If you are holidaying with young children try a siesta in the afternoon (it’s a good idea to get out of the hot sun) and then they will be able to come out with you in the evening and may even enjoy a trip to the park or a walk along the promenade during the evening.
Looking after you
Our representative in Italy is Sam Whyte and she will do everything she can to make your holiday a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Sam has lived in Italy for many years and speaks fluent Italian. She will meet you when you arrive and explain everything you need to know about staying in the property. She can also arrange a transfer from the airport and for any excursions whilst you are out there. If you would like a welcome pack on arrival let us know.