The coast from Pizzo Calabro to Tropea and Capo Vaticano is called “Costa degli Dei” (the coast of the gods), a strip of land on the Tyrrhenian Sea, where the blue sea, golden beaches and nature preserve the secret of a story from ancient history.
The old port of Pizzo Calabro was, until the mid-1800s, the only link between this area and the ports of Naples, Genoa and Palermo. Trade from here was rich in spices, silks, fish, olive oil and wine.
Here you can visit one of Italy’s most picturesque churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary; a small cave on a beach, where the stalagmites have been carved and transformed by fishermen and local artists into statues representing the Nativity, St. George and the dragon, the Madonna of Pompeii and other biblical scenes. Or you can sit at one of the bars in the marina or in the square and enjoy one of their ice creams.
The waterfront of Vibo Marina is an ideal place for a stroll, and in the evening you can experience the fish auction with all of its noise and rituals. The port can berth about 450 boats and offers an excellent service to passing travellers.
The port of Tropea can accommodate up to 600 boats, is 3 to 5 meters deep and can berth boats over 50 meters long. The coastline is rugged and here you can go hiking and swimming, from the Bay of Riace to Formicoli, Capo Vaticano, Grotticelle and Santa Maria, until you get to the salt flats of Joppolo, where the rocky cliffs fall steeply into the deep blue sea.
The beaches are of fine white sand, and divers come here hunting for octopus, moray eels, sea bass and grouper. On the coast of Briatico you can see the Rocchetta, a tower dating from the thirteenth century. The beach is a haven for the boats of local fishermen.
Hotel Villaggio Lido San Giuseppe has a private beach that is particularly beautiful. It is large and exposed to the sun all day long. It has a lido with beach umbrellas, deck chairs, lounges, canoes and boats. It is ideal for sea lovers and those who live in close contact with nature. Two thousand years ago, in front of the cove of San Giuseppe, there was already a port, near the Galea rock, where tuna was farmed and salted.