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With 780 km of coast and two seas, I can assure you that in Calabria you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.
The variety of beaches will blow your mind; you can choose between white beaches of thin sand or steep cliffs dropping down the sea.
But which are the most beautiful beaches in Calabria? In this article, you'll find a guide to the most beautiful beaches divided between the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian coast.
The best 9 beaches of Calabria
Thanks to two different seas, the coast of Calabria changes continually and gives breathtaking sceneries, characterized by cliffs, ravines, secluded or long stretches of beaches, perfect for who have children.
Along the Tyrrhenian coast, you will find a succession of inlets, caves, and cliffs, while along the Ionian Coast you'll get a crystal blue sea.
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Best Beaches Of Calabria
The whole Calabrian coast is littered with fabulous beaches, some with white sand and others mixed with pebbles, and the water has turquoise tones.
Some little beaches are reachable only by sea, by boat.
The most beautiful beaches of the Calabrian Coast begin on the Tyrrhenian coast with Praia a Mare and the beaches of Pizzo Calabro, it continues with the marvelous Tropea (see the video), up to the far south of the boot (in the province of Reggio Calabria) with the beaches of the so-called Costa Viola (the coast in front of the Strait of Messina.)
The Ionian Coast is more touristic around the Costa Degli Aranci, but becomes extremely wild in the north, in the so-called Costa dei Gelsomini.
Beaches Of the Ionian Calabria
The northern section of the Ionian Coast of Calabria (in the province of Cosenza) is one of the less touristic. In this zone the coast is wild, the waterfront is not built, and the atmosphere is purely Mediterranean.
While south of Catanzaro begins the extensive beaches of the Costa Degli Aranci, with more touristic beaches and bathing establishments.
In the far south of Calabria, there are some of the most incredible beaches of the Mediterranean; this is the Costa dei Gelsomini.
The beach of Caminia on the Ionian coast is located between Catanzaro and Soverato, in the Gulf of Squillace, set among two cliffs full of ravines and caves.
Not far away there is the beach of Copanello di Staletti, in the Costa Degli Aranci, not too far from Soverato: big, white and gilded, alternated by cliffs that make it the perfect destination for who is looking for relax and nature.
Reach the Castle that overhangs the beach of Roseto Capo Spulico in the province of Cosenza. Here, once, were cultivated the roses used to fill mattresses and pillows of the ancient Greece.
Don't miss a visit to one of the more interesting and protected sea zones of the whole Mediterranean, Capo Rizzuto, where, besides the spectacular sea, you can visit Capo Colonna and Le Castella.
Here a selection of the most beautiful beaches of the Ionian Coast of Calabria:
Capo Rizzuto (Crotone)
Cirò Marina (Crotone)
Spiaggia di Punta Alice (Crotone)
Cariati Marina (Cosenza)
Lido Sant'Angelo (Cosenza)
Roseto Capo Spiluco (Cosenza)
Rocca Imperiale Marina (Cosenza)
Condofuri (Reggio Calabria)
Bova (Reggio Calabria)
COSTA DEI GELSOMINI BEACHES
The Costa dei Gelsomini is called this way because in this zone were cultivated the flowers of jasmine exported in France for the preparation of the perfumes.
Now this commerce is no more flourishing, but the name, the beauty, and the perfume of the jasmines remain.
Here you won't find touristic villages but spectacular beaches interrupted by beautiful cliffs.
Riace Marina, Roccella Ionica and Marina di Gioiosa Ionica are the villages to visit the northern zone, while in south region Siderno and Locri deserve a visit.
Capo Spartivento is the last beach of the Coast of the Jasmines with Africo, Bianco, Brancaleone Marina, and Capo Ferruzzano.
COSTA DEGLI ARANCI BEACHES
The Costa Degli Aranci is located along the Gulf of Squillace and has marvelous beaches with low seabed and cliffs of white granite.
Among the beaches of the Coast of the Orange Tree, there are the beaches of Caminia and Soverato. The beach of Pietragrande is located nearby to a cliff on the sea famous for climbing and diving.
While the beach of Marina Badolato is known for the white sand and the unbelievable water.
Don't miss a visit to the medieval village with reminiscences of the Byzantine period.
The Tyrrhenian beaches of Calabria
The Tyrrhenian side of Calabria is more touristic in the northern part, but it is the south region that has the most beautiful pearls of the Calabrian coast.
The first part that goes from Praia a Mare to Pizzo Calabro has beaches of gravel; it is a touristic zone thanks to the well-maintained structures.
This line of coast that goes from Praia a Mare to Paola is known as the Coast of the Cedars (Costa dei Cedri.) The beach of Praia a Mare is wide, made of grey sand mixed to gravel, bathed by blue waters. Not too far from the beach, there is the Island of Dino, reachable afoot or by boat.
The beach of Diamante, ample and gilded, is located in the middle of the Coast dei Cedri. Make a stop here to taste the typical cedar's liqueur.
While if you look for an intimate and wild atmosphere, reach the small calcareous Island of Cirella (see above image). It is easily reachable from the beach or the dock of Diamante. On the island, you can see the remains of the towers, and go to the discovery of caves, ravines, and inlets.
South of Pizzo Calabro there is the spectacular Tropea beach where the sand is made of minuscule white granules that resemble grains of couscous.
But if you don't love the crowd, my suggestion is to make a visit to the beach of Cannone, one of the smallest and less frequented, concealed by the Rock-cliff of St. Leonardo, even if the beach more photographed of Tropea is the beach of Spiaggia della Linguata.
Going toward the south, begin the beaches of the Violet Coast, in the Province of Reggio Calabria.
Known also as the Spiaggia delle Sirene (Beach of the Mermaids,) the Beach of Marina Grande di Scilla is very long and is located between the Castle Ruffo and the rocks of Punta Paci.
The beach is always crowded, and it is protected from two great beaches of pebbles separated by a cliff.
The Costa Viola is the line of coast of the province of Reggio Calabria that it is in front of the Strait of Messina. It includes the villages of Chianalea di Scilla and Palmi that boast some of the most beautiful beaches in Calabria.
Other beautiful beaches of this coast are the beach of Tonnara di Palmi, the little beach of Rovaglioso and the beach of Taureana and Porelli.
HIDDEN BEACHES OF CALABRIA
One of the most beautiful and amazing things about the Calabrian coast is that there are many little-known beaches.
Not too far from Crotone, there is the beach of Capo Colonna, famous for its red sand; it takes the name from the last column still standing of an ancient Greek temple.
Among the other little known and incredibly beautiful beaches, there are the beaches of Palizzi Marina and the Roccella Jonica (both on the Coast of the Jasmines).
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AREAS OF CALABRIA
Calabria is an underestimated region with innumerable treasures waiting to be unveiled. An example? At Pizzo Calabro there is a church built on the beach and dug in a cave, that absolutely deserves a visit: the church of Piedigrotta.
In the province of Reggio, at Stilo, there is a dwarfish Byzantine church on a peak overlooking the valley.
The Pollino National Park is a place where you can enjoy skiing, walking, trekking, and rafting.
If you want to visit Calabria, don't miss the valley of the river Lao, the throats of the Raganello, and the valley of the river Argentino.
Calabria is also known for its many archaeological sites. Like the archaeological area of Locri.
CALABRIA BEACHES FOR THE CHILDREN
The Green Flags are assigned to the beaches that guarantee proper services for the children, low seabeds and clean waters with appropriate structures to entertain the families.
Bova Marino, Bovalino, Capo Vaticano, Cariati, Cirò Marina, Isola di Capo Rizzuto, Locri, Torre Melissa, Nicotera, Palmi, Praia a mare, Siderno, Roccella Jonica, and Soverato are all marked with the green flag and considered the best beaches for the children in Calabria.
BLUE FLAG BEACHES
In 2018 the sea of Calabria had been awarded with 9 Blue Flags, two more of the previous year, among them the beaches of Cirò Marina, Litorale Torre Melissa (Soverato,) Sellia Marina and Roccella Jonica.
CALABRIA BEACHES FOR DOGS
In Calabria, there are some beaches for your dogs like the beach of Torre Melissa (in the province of Crotone). Here some other beaches where to bring the dogs in Calabria:
Lido Calypso Ye Ye
Lido La Praia
Hang Loose Beach