Tropea is situated on one of the most stunning coastlines, no wonder this coast is called “La Costa degli Dei”, the Coast of the Gods. Many regard Tropea as Calabria’s jewel, the most picturesque of its towns. Tropea pulls off a rare trick by managing to be both unspoilt and fashionable, becoming one of the most sought-after places in Calabria
The city dating back to the 17th century is perched on a natural rock formation cliff 50 metres above sea level, overlooking the turquoise waters. The old town is the architectural and historical centre of this region with impressive churches, mansions, town houses and the church of Santa Maria dell’Isola built on a crag of land jutting out to sea. Wandering along the narrow streets and piazzas you will find typical Italian pizzerias, little restaurants, pavement cafés and shops. At dusk soak up the atmosphere in one of the cafes in the central piazza – the main evening gathering place during holidays in Tropea.
Most people who come here are attracted like a magnet to the beach with its shimmering seas, white sands and spectacular views over the Aeolian islands. It’s an inspiring place to polish your tan and was named by the Sunday Times as its top beach holiday destination ahead of more famous locations in Ibiza, France and Sardinia.
The beachfront and nearby marina hosts many pizzerias and seafood restaurants, rental boats, organised boat trips and a diving school. In high season, Tropea seems to have a festival every week, and celebrates everything from Blues and Jazz to the locally grown red onions ! As in all Italy, music, the Arts and food figure prominently in Tropean life and the concerts and restaurants are for all to enjoy.
Marasusa is located on the hillside in the village of Parghelia, which joins on to Tropea. Famous for its fishing, Paraghelia has its own beautiful beach (beach Michelino) which in 2018 was recognised by the international travel website SkyScanner as the third most beautiful beach in the whole of Italy. There is a small village atmosphere with restaurants, bars, little shops, small supermarkets, post office and bank. There is a coastal train service that stops at Parghelia and will take you to other resorts. In the summer from Tropea Marina there are ferries to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands – including Stromboli.
When you stay somewhere like Marasusa you’ll have an excellent base for a great family beach holiday or a romantic get away.
It was Italy as I’d imagined it would be but free from the more tourist tainted areas that I’ve visited in the past.Mr and Mrs S - London