Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy and our main focus is on the west coast; the provinces of Cosenza and Catanzaro from Lamezia to Scalea. Within this stretch of coastline lies Falerna, Amantea, Belmonte Calabro, San Lucido, Paola, and Belvedere Marittimo to name but a few of the simply enchanting towns and villages that boast both sandy and pebbly beaches, coves and crystal-clear sea set against a backdrop of green, fertile mountains giving way to blue lakes and waterfalls.
In contrast, Calabria, the cradle of Magna Graecia and land of ancient settlements, is full of splendid churches, monasteries, castles, palaces and quaint hilltop villages where age-old traditions still survive. Paola is the birthplace of San Francesco di Paola and houses the Catholic sanctuary dedicated to the saint.
For the foodies among you The Calabresi are incredibly proud of their local cuisine with fish being a speciality together with a variety of salami, cheeses, porcini mushrooms and spicing it up with the local pepperoncino. Many food festivals and markets are hosted throughout the year to tempt the taste buds and local fresh produce is plentiful. To accompany this abundance of flavours are many local, quality wines produced at wineries that offer tastings.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO?
The warm climate, which extends for about 10 months of the year, offers many possibilities to include basking in the warm rays of sunshine or partaking in activities such as kitesurfing, scuba diving and sailing. Any wish can be realised – nature lovers can explore the unpolluted scenery and inhale the heady scents of the National Parks and partake of activities such as orienteering, trekking, quad bikes, rafting and skiing in the winter.
With so much to see and do in answer to the question why Calabria? Why not
If this has tempted you to purchase your own small corner of paradise with a holiday home, renovation project or permanent family home, Calabria Property Services can help! Living and operating in Calabria, and with15 years of experience in the property market, we have a vast knowledge of the complexities of working around Italy’s purchasing protocol and speaking Italian we can guide each client carefully through the entire purchase process and beyond!!