Where is it and why there?
”The legend says that it was Hercules who, returning from Spain stood on the Coast of Gods and made Tropea one of his ports.”
Tropea is a seaside resort with impressive scenery in the region of Calabria, in the south of Italy. This picturesque harbor town is a combination of ancient cultures, white beaches and crystal waters. The city is positioned on rocks and this gives it this dramatic look. Tropea is interesting and varied. The city is a maze of small cobblestone streets and squares with old buildings. There you will find countless restaurants offering a variety of traditional Italian cuisine at affordable prices.
How to get there?
The nearest airport to Tropea is at Lamezia Terme. From the airport, you can catch a bus or take a taxi to Lamezia Terme station. The train journey to Tropea takes an hour and costs around €3. In August you can find a free bus from the airport – check the airport website for the latest news.
Flights can be found here
What to do and see?
Culture – Tropea is also one of the best preserved and most beautiful historical centres to be found in this southern region of Italy. So, here you have a stunning, historical town with endless little cobbled streets and beautiful old buildings. It is built onto and in a high, craggy rocky hill which looks down over unforgettable views of azure blue sea. A must see are:
- Franciscan monastery
- Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola
- 12th century Norman cathedral
- Tropea Castle, which was destroyed in 1876
Eating, drinking and shopping – Tropea is famous for its red onions. They have became a welcome gift to take home. Many dishes are a mix of fresh ingredients, preserved vegetables, and meats and fish with oil and spices. Tropea is full of bars, cafes, pizzarias and small and affordable restaurants serving traditional local meals.
The narrow streets and squares of Tropea are home to a good number of shops selling local produce and foodstuffs. The shopkeepers are friendly and are proud of their produce, they will even let you try their goods.
Beaches – The most famous of the Calabrian beaches is Tropea, home to one of Italy’s most spectacular white sand beaches, turquoise-blue water, and a stunning coastline to be rivaled by Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.
Follow the twisting Via Grotticelle near Capo Vaticano’s lighthouse for a selection of beaches tucked into the curves of the Tyrrhenian coast, the final one reached by wading between the rocks. There’s a decent combination of public beaches and commercial ones, with sun loungers for hire.
Where to stay?
You can choose from boutique hotel to a bed in a hostel. Check out deals here.