Itinerary: Praia a Mare, Scalea, Cetraro, Paola, San Lucido, Amantea
Scenic drive road along the Tyrrhenian coast in Calabria
Calabria is a beautiful region located in the southern part of Italy, surrounded by the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Seas. Sea lovers will fall in love with its enchanting coastlines, beautiful beaches, and crystal-clear sea waters!
This time, you will discover a part of the Tyrrhenian coastline, so, let's start with Praia a Mare (pic n°1). It is definitely one of the most charming villages on the Calabrian coast. The beautiful isle called Isola di Dino lies just opposite this town and it is a must-go place. Here, you will enjoy the beautiful, uncontaminated nature and the many grottos and caves that the erosions have shaped over time. You should especially visit: Grotta Azzurra, Grotta del Leone, Grotta del Monaco, and Grotta delle Sardine.
Leaving Praia a Mare and Dino Isle you can stop at San Nicola Arcella where the wild beauty of its caves is worth a visit, while the village of Diamante, a bit more than 20 kilometers from here, is considered as the capital of the Calabrian chili, but it is also known as the "city of murals", since its historic center is like a real open-air museum.
From now on, many small and picturesque villages will follow each other along the coast:
Cetraro (pic n°3) with its charming old town and picturesque marina;
Paola (pic n°4) with the sanctuary of San Francesco di Paola overlooking the coast scattered with well-equipped beaches for tourists;
San Lucido (pic n°5) with a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea;
Fiumefreddo Bruzio with the Norman castle that hosts many works of art.
Going a bit south, there is the village of Amantea (pic n°6), a beautiful small town that features a fascinating old part on a rocky hill, and a lively seaside center that boasts around 10 kilometers of well-equipped beaches and lots of hotels and accommodations.
Nearby there are many breathtaking natural formations, such as "La Grotta" (a big, natural cave), the "Oasi Blu dell'Isca" (with a dream seafloor), or the "Scogliera di Oreca".
Exploring and discovering the villages on the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria is a not-to-be-missed experience. Each village has a story to tell: only if you go there and learn it in person you can find out the many facets of this land.
Departure: Praia a Mare
Length: Km 104
Some pictures about the Calabrian coastline:
Praia a Mare (pic n°1); (pic n°2); Cetraro (pic n°3); Paola (pic n°4); San Lucido(pic n°5); Amantea (pic n°6)