If you plan to tour Europe to enjoy a variety of different travel experiences, choose your destination with an eye toward getting the most bang for your buck; a suitable place is Calabria in Italy. It is located far to the southwest in the “toe” of Italy’s boot and is bounded by the crystal blue waters of both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.
Calabria is a popular holiday destination with the Italians, and you will discover why when you choose to spend time touring the area. Relax on the warm sandy beaches of this Italian peninsula or explore the sections of rocky, mountainous coastline interspersed among the beaches. Calabria has almost 500 miles of coastline, and Capo Vaticano, in the province of Vibo Valentia, has been widely lauded as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world.
For the adventurous traveler, sporting activities can be found any time of the year. Water sports abound, with windsurfing, kite-surfing, and scuba diving readily available. Calabria is also home to four different mountain ranges and has some of the highest peaks in Italy. There are many ski resorts dotted throughout, and even summer visitors will enjoy hiking, climbing, and horseback riding in the more mountainous inland region.
Visit the regional capital of Catanzaro or travel to Reggio Calabria to see the famous Riace Bronzes displayed in the National Museum. Immerse yourself in the wilderness of the Calabrian national parks or explore the region’s history by visiting the many ancient settlements, churches, castles, and monasteries located throughout the area. Cross the narrow Strait of Messina for a day-trip to the nearby island of Sicily. No matter what your holiday plans entail relaxation or action, history or culture Calabria is an ideal vacation destination.
Accommodations in Calabria range from luxury rentals to cheap sleeps. Therefore, regardless of your budget, you are sure to find a suitable place to stay during your fun, relaxing visit to this local holiday hotspot.