Calabria Holidays

Rugged mountains, untouched coastlines and medieval villages - Calabria is a region like no other in Italy.

Perched in the ‘toe’ of Italy’s ‘boot’, the sleepy region has remained untouched by tourism. Visit here and you can explore stunning landscapes of national parks that are home to rare birds and delicate wild flora. Or drive along the coastal roads that hug the cliff side and offer sensational views over the crystal-clear waters towards the Aeolian Islands.

If rest and relaxation are on the agenda, then Calabria won’t disappoint with plenty of sandy beaches framed by crystalline waters and sleepy fishing villages where you can stop for an authentic lunch. Seaside towns like Tropea are ideal for an afternoon stroll to stretch your legs or perhaps indulge in an afternoon prosecco in a local café. And Capo Vaticano boasts some of the most stunning coastlines of Calabria, perhaps even Italy itself.

Inghams operates a telephone Rep service in Calabria.

  • from£457pp
  • 87 rooms
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Villaggio Baia d’Ercole is right on one of the most stunning coastlines in Calabria - expect sandy beaches and incredible clear water. They've got a lovely pool and great restaurant with panoramic sea views. It's a nice escape here with simple, traditional rooms and a real authentic feel.

  • from£604pp
  • 123 rooms
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This hotel is perfect for a relaxing, beachfront holiday. We can't enough of the sea views here, you can even see the Aeolian Islands in the distance. There's a big pool that looks out over the beach with plenty of loungers so you'll always be able to find some quiet space. The sandy beach is a great place to chill out and the clear sea water is very inviting. 

  • from£470pp
  • 43 rooms
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This is a boutique hotel with a fantastic location just 700 metres from Tropea’s historic centre. Enjoy modern guest rooms, a charming restaurant and a swimming pool with panoramic views. There's a nearby beach club you can use too with an onsite restaurant.

Excursions

Tropea & Capo Vaticano (half day)

This half day excursion combines the beautiful town of Tropea with the coast of Capo Vaticano. Begin by exploring the old town of Tropea with it's dramatic cliff top location and its iconic promontory, topped by the Church of Saint Mary 'dell'Isola. Visit the Cathedral built in the Norman times and see how it's evolved over the centuries. Next you'll head along the coast to Capo Vaticano. It's hard not to be impressed by the white granite rock formations and beautiful sandy beaches, set against the clear blue sea. Spend some time relaxing or exploring the coast that looks out over the Straits off Messina - so on a clear day you'll have great views of the volcanic Aeolian Islands.

Departs: Mondays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £30pp, entrance fees are not included 

Pizzo Calabro (3 hours)

Narrow lanes, small piazzas, churches and local treats at every corner. This little fishing village has kept its traditional charm. On this excursion you'll learn the legends of the church of Piedigrotta, a sea grotto excavated from the volcanic tufa stone, filled with moss covered sculptures. Next you'll visit the Aragonese Castle, which not only has a fascinating history, but great views back over the coast and village of Pizzo. You'll also have time for a bit of shopping. Your visit won't be complete until you've tasted the local Tartufo ice cream, layered hazelnut and chocolate ice cream. 

Departs: Sundays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £30pp, entrance fees are not included 

Taormina (full day)

Leave the Calabrian coast behind for the day by crossing the Messina Straits to Taormina, on the island of Sicily. High on the hillside, the town is a constant hive of activity. There's a cable car that links the beaches of Isola Bella in Taormina Mare to the old town of Taormina. Visit the beautiful ancient Greek theater and stroll along the bustling Corso Umberto - the main street which is lined by restaurants, bars and shops selling local trinkets and souvenirs. When you reach Piazza IX Aprile you'll have some of the best views of the bay of Giradini Naxos and you might even be able to see the volcanic Mount Etna in the distance. Here you'll see street artists at work and may be lucky enough to listen to Sicilian folk music being played. Seek out a shady spot in the pretty landscaped gardens of Villa Comunale, brefore making your way back across to Calabria.

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £57pp, entrance fees are not included 

Reggio Calabria & Scilla (full day)

On this excursion you'll be taken through the mountainous scenery of the Costa Viola, until you reach Scilla and the little fishing village of Chianalea. Take a wander along the narrow streets to the coast, where the houses are built right up to the sea and boats and dinghy's bob in the water. Next you'll visit the Ruffo Castle and Church of St Rocco that overlook the village. After you'll visit Reggio Calabria, where you'll find the National Archaeological Museum where you'll be able to see some of the best collections of Magna Grecia finds here. Take a peaceful promenade along the waterfront, beside Liberty style buildings before visiting the Roman Baths, the Greek walls and the Cathedral.  

Departs: Wednesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: from £39pp, entrance fees are not included 

Walking Tour of Comerconi and Spilinga (5 hours)

Grab your walking boots and get ready to try some of Calabria's tastiest local foods. On this guided walking tour you'll be led from village to village snacking as you go. Begin in Old Comerconi, a village known for its wine, olive oil and black truffles. You'll take a path through Calabrias beautiful natural landscape getting a real feel for the area and you'll see some spectacular views as you go. Spot and smell the fragrances of Mediterranean flowers and herbs like laurel, merytle, fennel and oregano. You'll stop off at a small family run bakery and see how the local bread and sweet biscuits are made. Hike through the Monte Poro plateau, with views of the Costa Viola, known as 'the coast of the gods'. You'll understand why when you see it. Walk beside the stream to the honeycomb cave, past an old watermill and the 14 marble depictions of stations of the cross until you reach the cave of the Madonna delle Fonti in Spilinga. End your walk with a small food tasting and even try the spicy Nudja sausage, famous in the region.

Distance: 12 kilometres / approx. 3 hours 30 mins of walking 

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

Price: £39pp, entrance fees are not included 

Walking tour of Tropea and Monte Poro (full day)

Get off the beaten track on this walking tour into the rural landscapes of Tropea. The walks not too demanding and you'll be led by an experienced local guide. Begin in Caria at the beautiful Toralfo family castle. You'll be told the tales of the countryside as you cross into the Barone area and walk beside the Burmaria stream. You'll pass by the grotto that was inhabited until about 30 years ago. Walk down past the old watermill until you reach Tropea. You'll have time to cool off in the bay and relax on the beach or head up to the old town to explore. 

Distance: approx. 14 kilometres / approx. 5 hours of walking 

Departs: Mondays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

This walking tour is bookable in resort only.

Walking tour from Coccorino to Joppolo (full day)

Begin your day of walking through the beautiful Calabrian landscape in Coccorinello. It's the village that connects the 'coast of the gods' with the plateau of Monte Poro. On the hike your guide will take you to the top of Poros hill, which is one of the best places to get panoramic views over the Tyrrhenian sea. You'll continue on to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine of Monte Poro. Get you're energy levels back up, tasting some local produced food with a glass of wine, before heading on to the small town of Caroniti - the birthplace of Sait Gennaro. The final leg of your journey will take you along an ancient mule track to Joppolo. 

Distance: approx. 14 kilometres / approx. 4 hours 30 minutes of walking 

Departs: Fridays from 01 May - 31 Oct 

This walking tour is bookable in resort only.

 

Things To Do

Try the local digestivo

Italy is famed for its digestivo (after dinner drink) and Capo Vaticano, a lovely town on the Tyrrhenian coast, has its very own called Vecchio Amaro del Capo. The amber-coloured liqueur is unique to Calabria and is infused with local aniseed, liquorice, peppermint, and other herbs. 

Taste the pepperoncino

The horn shaped red chilli pepper has become Calabria's unofficial symbol. Other than being a spicy addition to many local dishes, it is also thought to ward off malocchio (the evil eye). 

Head to the bustling markets

Most towns have a weekly market where your likely to find locally grown and produced foods such as fresh fruits, cured olives, local honey and tasty baked goods.

Hit the beach

The region is famed for its beautiful coast line. Spend days exploring sandy stretches, secluded coves and admiring impressive rock formations. Om most beaches you can pay locally to rent umbrellas and sun loungers.

Explore the national parks

Over 91% of Calabria is covered by mountains and forests, most of which are protected in the many national parks. pen days exploring forests, canyons, streams and waterfalls. The parks can be seen on foot, by bike or by car.

  • from£649pp
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This self-guided tour itinerary will lead you to see some of Calabria's top sights. Spend your days exploring ancient towns and villages, strolling beside beautiful coast lines and tasting the culinary delights the region has to offer. 

  • from£619pp
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Those looking for beautiful untouched beaches, ancient towns and an experience that is off the tourist trail will love this self-guided tour of Calabria.

Good to know

  • Try fresh local foods at the indoor food market close to Tropea train station
  • Check out the walking or bike trails through Calabrias National Parks
  • Come for the beautiful beaches, coves and rocky coastlines
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