Excursions on the Ionian coast of Calabria

The Ionian coast of Calabria is a treasure of interesting places and its beaches are particularly attractive. Crossing Calabria and heading towards Catanzaro, a few kilometers north we reach the promontory of Isola Capo Rizzuto, a Marine Protected Area with beaches of fine. red sand. Here the soil is rich in clay, so that clay pools form where you can swim or where you can daub on the beneficial mud. The San Paolo beach, red and sandy, and Fratte beach are two typical examples of this stretch of the Ionian coast. It is characterized by the clear sea and wide, sandy beaches so that even in high season it’s not difficult to find one’s own little corner of paradise.

An outing not to be missed is the Aragonese castle of Le Castella, the remains of a very old settlement that extended into the sea and served as an outpost of protection against attacks from the sea. And once you’ve enjoyed a taste of histroy, we suggest a visit to the nearby resort at Sovereto, which has a backdrop of thick pine forest, called the Bosco Sovereto. Here you can enjoy unspoiled nature from the coastal vegetation to the inviting Mediterranean waters. Sovereto beach is halfway between Punta Le Castella and Capo Piccolo.

Le Castella - photo by flickr user lorraine

Le Castella – photo by flickr user lorraine

Continuing south along the Ionian coast of Calabria, you’ll be spoiled for choice in selecting where to stop and admire crystal clear seas and beautiful beaches If traveling with your family let the children play on the beach in Botricello, or go on to to Lido di Pietragrande, where in addition to a swim in the clear waters you can find child entertainment facilities. Here, the beauty and variety of the seabed is such that we strongly recommend an underwater immersion. Two other resorts near Pietragrande are also worth a visit: Copanello beach, with the high cliff on which stands the town that stretches to the sea, andCaminia, with its long beach nestled between the rocks. And on a final note, the nearby ruins of the Cassiodoro Tanks where the ancient Romans bred moray eels are of archaeological interest.

Further south you reach the “pearl of the Ionian Sea” – Soverato. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, well organised tourist facilities offer the visitor many ways to have fun, especially for the younger age group. The pleasant climate and fine pebble beaches make up the rest and confirm Soverato as a favorite with tourists from around the world who appreciate both the heritage of the ancient past and the vibrancy of the present, all in the context of good accommodation, recreation and culture.

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