Popular Accommodations in Calabria
- Finest sandy beaches
- Hiking in the mountains
- Forts of Nicotera
- Grotta del Romito
- Pizza and pasta
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Vacation rentals in Calabria
In Calabria there are a number of idyllically situated holiday accommodations along the coast, just a few steps from the beach. In this Italian region, however, you can also reside in the middle of a pretty village, where the buildings date back to a bygone era. Hikers will find a holiday apartment not far from the Parco Nazionale della Sila the perfect starting point for extensive excursions in nature.Best equipment for relaxing holidays
Most apartments in Calabria are equipped with a shaded terrace from where you can enjoy the view of the coast and the sea. In addition to the cottages there is a garden and sometimes also a pool. Some landlords also offer an extra service, such as breakfast or pick up from the airport.
Holidays in Calabria
Location and orientation
Calabria is a region in the southernmost part of mainland Italy. The region consists of the provinces of Cosenza, Crotone, Vibo Valentia and Reggio di Calabria as well as the province and capital Catanzaro. Other important cities in the region are Castrovillari, Sant' Andrea Apostolo dello Jonio and Scalea.Varied natural landscapes to discover
Calabria is characterized by mountains, the coast of the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas and the land plain in between. The mountains of the region include the southern foothills of the Pollino, the mountain ranges of the Catena Costiera and the Sila. In Calabria you will also find the "Strait of Messina", a strait that connects the mainland with the island of Sicily.
Travelers and Activities
Along the Calabrian coast there are countless sections with beautiful sandy beaches. These sections are interrupted by cliffs that drop steeply into the sea. This also results in many smaller bathing bays where you can enjoy a lot of privacy. The larger beaches offer water sports such as surfing and diving.Hiking over mountainous landscapes
Use the unique location of your holiday destination to get to know the region in its most original form. Through the national park areas, especially those of the Sila mountains, there are numerous signposted paths available for walks and mountain hikes. Also along the coast lonely paths invite you to hike and enjoy the view.
Born in Taverna in 1613, the painter and knight of the Order of Mattia Preti of Malta is one of the most famous Calabrian artists, famous for his Baroque frescoes.
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The remains of ancient buildings can be found mainly at the excavation sites of Sybaris and Lokroi. Special finds are exhibited in the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria. The church buildings in Stilo, Rossano and Gerace date from the Byzantine period. Calabria also has a number of fortifications built under Norman rule, such as the forts of Nicotera, Crotone, Cosenza and Vibo Valentia.2. Marvel at sacred uniqueness in the Diözesanmuseum
The Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra in Rossano presents you, in addition to many religious art treasures, the oldest, richly decorated Greek gospel, painted with silver ink on purple parchment. This valuable Syrian manuscript dates from the 6th century and was brought to Calabria by Orthodox monks in the 7th century.3. Visit ancient animal pictures in the grotto
The Grotta del Romito, in Papasidero the "hermit's cave", houses among other things an over 11,000 year old animal picture, which was carved into a rock. It shows an aurochs and a Stone Age man. In addition, you can view some more engravings and graves here as part of a sightseeing tour.4. Experience customs and folk art
Religious holidays, such as Easter, Christmas and the patron saint's days, are among the most important in Calabria. On the occasion of these holidays, elaborate processions take place in many villages of the region, which are often crowned with fireworks. In the interior of the country, handicrafts such as weaving and wood carving, but also the production of ceramics and basket weaving still have a long tradition. Of course, you can also buy these artistically manufactured products and bring them home as souvenirs.5. Eat really well
In general, Calabrian cuisine is considered to be hot, as is the case with the sausage spread N´duja . Typical dishes on the coast are culinary creations made from tuna or swordfish. In the mountains, however, wild boar, chestnuts and mushrooms are often eaten. In fact, the pizza comes from southern Italy, where it is still traditionally baked in stone ovens. Calabria also has a large variety of pasta specialities.