Costa degli Dei is the Calabrian sea paradise
If any divinity really wanted to go down on Earth to dive, he would probably take a trip in Costa degli Dei in Calabria (province of Vibo Valentia), top sea destination for European and American tourists.
The best place to take a swim.
Visit Tropea and Capo Vaticano
Tropea and Capo Vaticano have been the privileged choice of millions of tourists for decades, a destination especially selected for true swimmers and divers.
Costa degli Dei is also a popular destination for sailors and sea crossing lovers. The possibility of mooring and leaving for a holiday in the nearby Aeolian Islands is an evergreen tourist attraction.
Tropea triumphed in the 2021 TV edition of Il Borgo dei Borghi. Through television images and storytelling, it has also managed to communicate its important architectural and cultural heritage to the public, going beyond the immense “gold reserve” of the coast.
A little further south, Capo Vaticano, the westernmost Calabrian tip on Tyrrhenian Sea, is the postcard of the seaside vacation in Calabria.
The most beautiful sea, in almost 800 km of the Calabrian coast.
Spilinga the capital of ‘nduja
In Spilinga you are in the capital of ‘nduja, a very Calabrian sausage – it is made with a strong chili pepper! – perfect for spicy addicted and in general for local food lovers.
Pork meat is combined with Calabrian pepper in the right doses. Pepper is able to give an added value to the mixture of bacon, lard, and other finely chopped up pork parts. After aging and after a light smoking, ‘nduja is ready to combine with pasta, pizza, bruschetta, meatballs, rice balls and a lot of dishes.
Discovering Zungri, the stone village
On the plateau of mount Poro there is a rock site that attracts many tourists: Zungri. Dozens of caves dating back to the Middle Ages are an example of acute adaptative intelligence to the conditions set by Nature.
A monastery and a weapon factory in the middle of the Serre wood
From the A2 motorway junction an exciting journey begins in the hinterland, landscape characterized by wooded mountains – Serre Vibonesi (or Calabresi).
Your goal has got to be a magic place full of mysteries: the Certosa di Serra San Bruno.
It is surrounded by a woodland magical environment, a paradise of meditation and silence. The story of saint Bruno from Cologne still fascinates scholars and religious all over the world.
Close to Serra San Bruno, in the territory of Mongiana there is the museum of the Borbone Royal Ironworks. It is a site of industrial archeology, which is evidence of the productive power (arms factory) of the former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
Typical biscuits in Soriano Calabro
Coming back to the coastline, don’t miss a visit to Soriano Calabro, a pretty village rich in history and religiosity, famous for its sweets based on honey and flour called mostaccioli or mastazzoli, known in numerous variations including anthropomorphic and zoomorphic.
Pizzo, the Tartufo ice cream and the small church of Piedigrotta
Then, a very happy end of the Calabrian west coast trip can be planned in Pizzo Calabro. Here a delicious stop to taste the ice cream known as Tartufo (Truffle), the pastry making masterpiece that “gluttons” must eat! It’s a Calabrian sweet idea 🤤.
In Pizzo Calabro you must visit the small church of Piedigrotta, a few kilometers before entering the town, with access from a staircase that reaches the beach. Yes, because the church was built inside the rock!