A long sweep of sand facing east, reflected in some of the Mediterranean’s most gorgeous crystalline waters. This is the Ionian coastline which runs between the provinces of Catanzaro and Crotone. Here headlands and bays alternate to form wide beaches and delightful little coves, all framed by picturesque natural surroundings and punctuated by the fluttering of blue flags on the famous beaches ofSoverato and Cirò Marina. Fortified towns like Cariati and Medieval villages like Santa Severina dominate this landscape, the scene of ceaseless arrivals and dominations, from Magna Grecia to the Arab incursions. The marks of history live on in the Arabic designs of artisan textiles to be found in the workshops of Crucoli.
Then there are the cities: Crotone – the centre of Magna Grecia, where the genius of Pythagoras flourished – and Catanzaro, birthplace of the celebrated artist Mimmo Rotella.
The land that produces Cirò, Calabria’s leading wine and the ideal accompaniment to the spicy flavours from land and sea which blend and beguile to make your holiday here all the more alluring.
Drink a glass of Cirò, one of southern Italy’s great wines
Visit the archaeological sites of Magna Grecia at Capo Colonna
Let your hair down in Soverato, one of the most renowned spots for fabulous sea and great nightlife
Go snorkelling among the reefs of Copanello
Photograph the impressive Aragonese fortress of Le Castella, against the blue of the Ionian Sea
Visit the centre of Catanzaro and take a selfie with the famous statue of the Quarryman
Wander among the narrow streets of Norman villages like Badolato
Admire the impressive ruins of a Roman colony at the Scolacium Archaeological Park, with its theatre, pavements and bath complexes
Go trekking in the Valli Cupe canyon near Sersale
Explore the protected natural area of Capo Rizzuto and the Soverato Marine Park, with its two endangered species of sea horse