The 10 Most Beautiful Beaches of Calabria, Italy
800 kilometers of coastline washed by two different seas, give rise to a series of beaches that differ from each other. White beaches, steep cliffs – Calabria boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. If you make a trip to Calabria this summer, here’s a selection of the 10 most beautiful beaches where you can swim or bask in the sun.
1. le Cannella, the island of Capo Rizzuto
Just 20 minutes from the famous tourist resort of Le Castella, Le Cannella is a wild beach devoid of all services, completely immersed in nature, so much so that it is away from roads and can be reached on foot on a dirt path . Red sand, rocks, dense Mediterranean vegetation all around, which alternates with clay walls from which you can rub yourself with natural mud, and finally the beautiful seabed, rich in marine fauna, which can be observed during the many excursions offered by a boat with a transparent bottom.
1. le Cannella, the island of Capo Rizzuto
– Where to go: west of Isola di Capo Rizzuto, about 30 minutes from Crotone by car on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria freeway – Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling and diving. – Type: sand of special red color – Where to stay: hotels and b & b from 50,00 euros per room.
2. Soverato, Catanzaro
Soverato is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern Italy. Its success lies precisely in the beauty of its beaches, which offer tourists all kinds of comforts, entertainment and spectacular views. As in all reputable tourist destinations, the coast is dotted with beaches that are paid for and which are almost invisible in summer. Nightlife is the most popular in the entire region and is centered around some historic structures such as Margot and Rebus, which after sunset turn into real open-air venues.
2. Soverato, Catanzaro
– Where is it located: in the province of Catanzaro. You can get there by car from Catanzaro via the Salerno freeway in about 30 minutes. – Ideal for: relaxation, nightlife. – Type: white sand – Where to stay: hotels and pensions from 44,00 euros per room.
3. Roseto Capo Spulico, Cosenza
The Roseto Capo Spulico beach is characterized by a long coastline with a “wild” landscape consisting of extensive pine forests alternating with citrus and olive groves. Thanks to the rocky seabed, the waters are particularly clear and it is possible to observe the fauna living there even when standing on the shore. The beach of Roseto Capo Spulico, which has been awarded the Blue Flag several times for the beauty of its waters, has an additional element that gives it “points of fascination”: the area where the waves break against the medieval castle of Roseto, which towers above the sea with its tall lace towers.
3. Roseto Capo Spulico, Cosenza
– Where is it located: Roseto Capo Spulico in the province of Cosenza. The area can be reached by Ionian National Road 106, then exit to Roseto about 1 hour from Taranto – Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling, diving. – Type: pebble and gravel – Where to stay: hotels and B&Bs from 60,00 euros per room.
4. Cellia Marina, Catanzaro
The beach of Sellia Marina is particularly charming, given its characteristic unpolluted nature: the 14 km of coastline is surrounded by pine forests where you can find shelter in the hottest hours of the day and from here you have a breathtaking view of the Sila Piccola mountains. Washed by a deep blue sea, frequented by families and young people alike, the beach is mostly free, but there are also bathing establishments where you can rent everything you need to spend the day.
4. Sellia Marina, Catanzaro
– Where is it: reached by car on Statale 10 6, just over 15 minutes from Catanzaro – Ideal for: relaxation – Type: white sand with a tendency to gray – Where to stay: hotels and B&Bs from 40 euros per room.
5. Bay of Caminia and Pietrgrande, Staletti
Caminia Bay is one of the most famous seaside resorts in the Catanzaro area, located along the Squillace Gulf. It is a white sandy beach, along which rocks and caves alternate, with crystal clear water and seabed providing a fantastic snorkeling and diving experience, and lush vegetation all around. There are several restaurants and nightclubs nearby. Also a 15 minute walk along the beach is Pietragrande, a huge rock in the middle of the sea, again in the context of white sand and crystal clear sea, thought-provoking and always a great attraction for visitors.
5. Caminia and Pietrgrande Bay, Staletti
– Location: in the province of Catanzaro belonging to the town of Staletti, it can be reached by car from the exit Salerno – Reggio Calabria, Lamezia Terme and then continue along highway 106 until Catanzaro Lido – Ideal for: relaxation, diving, snorkeling, aperitifs on the beaches. – Type: golden sand – Where to stay: hotels and pensions from 59,00 euros per room.
6. Tropea, Vibo Valentia
Tropea is the most popular and sought-after summer destination: thanks to the beauty of the sea, the beaches and the nightlife that distinguishes it. The promenade of Tropea is extensive and includes a number of beaches, from classic beaches to more “wild” ones. Among them we cannot fail to mention Cannone beach, a small part of paradise hidden between the tourist port and the rock of San Lorenzo, and Rotonda beach, with its breathtaking view of the cliff overlooking the sea.
6. Tropea, Vibo Valentia
– Where is it located: between the bays of Gioia and Sant’Eufemia . It can be reached by car on the highway A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria, take the Pizzo Calabro exit, then follow the signs – Ideal for: relaxation, nightlife, sports. – Type: golden sand – Where to stay: hotels and pensions from 49,00 euro/room
7. Praia a Mare and the Island of Dino, Cosenza
Located on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea and featuring a long sandy shore, Praia a Mare beach is washed by a deep blue sea with a sloping bottom suitable for children. The northernmost end of the beach is the most interesting in terms of scenery, overlooking Fiuzzi Castle and the island of Dino.
Praia-a-Mare’s well-equipped and organized beach offers a wide range of services, including water sports, while nearby bars and clubs provide one of the most popular nightlife scenes in the region.
7. Praia a Mare and Dino Island, Cosenza
Dino Island is a tiny island belonging to Praia a Mare in the province of Cosenza. Without beaches, the coast of the island is characterized by beautiful cliffs, pierced here and there by a series of remarkable caves created by the action of water and wind. Among them, some of the most beautiful are certainly the Grotta del Monaco, a place where the features of the rocks seem almost human, and Grotta delle Cascate, where the roar of water equals the noise of a waterfall.
– Where is it: Praia a Mare. It can be reached by car through the Salerno-Reggio-Calabria Lagonegro Nord exit, about 25 minutes from Maratea . Dino Island is opposite Praia a Mare and is so close that you can reach it in a few minutes swimming – Ideal for: relaxation, nightlife, sports. – Type: gray sand with added gravel – Where to stay: hotels and pensions from 53,00 euros per room.
8. Diamante, Cosenza.
Located in the center of the Riviera dei Cedri, Diamante is especially famous for its “shimmering” sea. The peculiarity of the town is the existence of two promenades: the new promenade, which crosses at the entrance from the north, with large pebble and stone beaches where you can find both equipped bathing facilities and free beaches; the old promenade, in contrast, is located in the old part of town and is best known among tourists for the beauty of its scenery. There are some of the most famous bars and pizzerias in the area.
8. Diamante, Cosenza
– Where is it: in the province of Cosenza, it can be reached by highway Salerno-Reggio Calabria, exit Lagonegro North if driving from the North and Falerna if driving from the South – Ideal for: relaxation, nightlife – Type: white sand, pebbles, gravel – Where to stay: hotels and pensions from 44,00 euros per room.
9. Capo Vaticano, Riccardi
The beaches of Capo Vaticano are one of the most popular holiday destinations in Calabria, given the beauty of the scenery on offer: when there is no fog, from the beach you can see the Aeolian Islands and the Stromboli volcano.
Among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world there are the beautiful Petri-et-Mulino beach, so called because in the past they made mill wheels from the stones of this beach, and Riachi beach.
9. Capo Vaticano, Ricardi
– Where to go: near Ricardi, in the province of Vibo Valentia, it can be reached by car from the north along the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, exit Pizzo Calabro and from the south along the S.Onofrio highway, exit Vibo Valentia – Ideal for: relaxation, sports – Type: white sand – Where to stay: hotels and pensions from 47.00 euro per room
10. San Nicola Archella Beach, San Nicola Archella
San Nicola Archella is a small seaside resort town located in the province of Cosenza on a stretch of coast called the Riviera dei Cedri. Its beach is completely natural, white sand, surrounded by rocks overlooking the sea and washed by crystal clear water. It became famous and popular because of the cave of Arcomagno, which also received the Blue Flag. It is a small cove enclosed in a large natural rock structure in the shape of an arch, through which a beam of light passes, creating fantastic reflections on the water.
10. The beach of San Nicola Archella, San Nicola Archella
– Where is it: near the town of San Nicola Archella, between Praia a Mare and Scalea, in northern Calabria. You can reach it via Salerno-Reggio-Calabria, taking the Mormanno exit – Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling. – Type: rocks and sand – Where to stay: hotels and pensions from 65,00 euros per room.
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Calabria, a land loved by the sun and washed by two seas that form 800 km of coastline, is in itself a small paradise with a great artistic and cultural heritage enriched by food and wine-making traditions, craft traditions, characteristic folklore events and, above all, the beauty of the coastline. Calabria offers days at the beach, excursions to various parks, forests and mountain plateaus, provided that you have your own transport: many inland areas are poorly connected to the railway line and in general you can not rely on public transport.
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The airports are Lamezia Terme and Reggio Calabria (average flight cost €100.00 in high season, €50.00 in the off-season), the region can also be reached by train and Flixbus. However, the best choice is still a car, especially if you plan to move between different places, as the local public transport is not very functional. Finally, the cost of accommodation varies from place to place, but if you need to save money, it is best to stay in a guesthouse or farmhouse, where the prices are very good.
Top 10 beaches in Calabria
If you remember the geographical shape of the Apennine Peninsula, the “boot” occupied by Italy, the region of Calabria falls on its “tip”. This is the southernmost region of the peninsula of Italy, which is often called the “Caribbean of Europe” because of its climate and the popularity of beach holidays.
It has everything to seduce the traveler, thirsty for new experiences: bright colors, amazing cuisine, friendly locals, breathtaking scenery, the cleanest sea with good beaches. We present you the most beautiful beaches of Calabria, which are worth seeing with your own eyes and, of course, to relax here with your family or loved one.
The most beautiful beaches in Calabria:
- Praia a Mare
- Capo Vaticano
- Roseto Capo Spulico
- Isola Capo Rizzuto
- Tonnara di Palmi
Praia a Mare
Praia-a-Mare (photo: @ljube58)
The beach at Praia-a-Mare has a long shoreline of gray sand mixed with gravel. It is washed by a dazzling blue sea, and the bottom here is ideal for snorkeling.
Tropea (photo: @dunjic_p)
The Italian town of Tropea once topped the list of the 20 most beautiful beaches in Europe. It has a beautiful sea with sandy beaches, beautiful cliffs and an interesting historic center.
Capo Vaticano (photo: @marrow_two)
Capo Vaticano has many coastal coves that form small sandy beaches with picturesque cliffs. There are also wild beaches that can only be reached by boat.
Caminia (photo: @giuseppebrusco78)
If you want to enjoy your beach vacation the way the locals do, then go to the town of Kaminia, which is not so spoiled by tourists. The beach of Kaminia is located on the coast of the Ionian Sea. The beach is quite wild and pebbly, but beautiful, thanks to its surroundings of picturesque cliffs. Kaminia is one of the most picturesque and unspoiled parts of the Calabrian coast, so it is worth coming here for those who crave an idyllic vacation.
Soverato (photo: @mecearabaci)
Soverato is called the jewel of the Ionian Sea because of its sandy coastline and waters so clear that the seabed can be seen even at considerable depths. The beach is well equipped and offers many activities and standard tourist services.
Roseto Capo Spulico
Roseto Capo Spulico (photo: @djstore87)
In Roseto Capo Spulico, you will have a spectacular view in front of you. In addition to the beach there is the fortified stone castle Castrum Petrae Roseti, dating back to the Norman period. It is one of the main historical monuments of Calabria.
Diamante (photo: @angelo.cerrone)
Diamante is called the Italian city of mural paintings, so go here if you want to combine a beach holiday with sightseeing and walks in the surrounding area. Diamante’s beaches are famous for their white sand, which shimmers in the sun like a scattering of diamonds, hence the commune’s name.
Isola Capo Rizzuto
Isola Capo Rizzuto (photo: @viasilsilvia)
The Capo Rizzuto area is one of the most beautiful protected natural areas in the Mediterranean. It combines excellent opportunities for beach vacations with the close proximity of interesting historical sites such as Capo Colonna and Le Castella.
Shilla (photo: @ago__luci)
The beach of Shilla (Scilla) boasts a clear sea and the beauty of the seabed. It is a very popular tourist spot, so the coast is full of hotels, cafes and restaurants for all tastes.
The most visited place in Shilla after the beach is Ruffo Castle. The castle is built on a high cliff, with a stunning view of the azure waters. It was originally built for military purposes, but was later converted into a residential property in 1532. Visitors to the castle can enjoy a beautiful view of the Sicilian coast and the Liparian Islands.
Tonnara di Palmi
Tonnara di Palmi (photo: @mariellamoretti)
The coastline of Palmi is mostly rocky, but there are sandy areas as well, and the sea is stunningly clear. The name Tonnara di Palmi is reminiscent of the area’s past. Once there was a tuna fishery, of which there is no trace today.