Camping in Calabria
10 campsites in Italy, Calabria
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Villaggio Camping Lungomare is a small, family-run site close to the town of Cropani Marina. There are 100 marked pitches that are well laid out...
This site is in an ideal location, being directly across the road from the beach and a short distance from the town. The pitches, all...
This is a traditional site with a good pool. There are about 250 pitches, all under tall, shady poplar and eucalyptus trees; cars are parked...
This tiny campsite of just 50 clean, level pitches has remarkable features for its size plus an attractive Italian ambience. This is a great site...
Camping Villaggio Calabrisella is perfectly located within a beautiful pine forest, overlooking the sea, in the pristine Gulf of Squillace, between Catanzaro Lido and Soverato...
The superb, irregularly shaped pool with its bar and gelateria are the hub of Vascellero. Signora Franca and her family aim to please their guests...
Camping Calypso is a simple family run site, situated beside the Ionian Sea and with direct access to long, sandy beaches. There are 96 pitches...
Calabria was immortalised in the drawings of Edward Lear who, travelling on a donkey in 1847, was transfixed by the landscape. Camping Pineta di Sibari...
Campeggio Naturista Pizzo Greco is a wooded naturist site a short stroll from the beach and five kilometres from Isola di Capo Rizzuto on the...
Mare Blu is a large site with lots of watersports activities and an open feel to the site, and is aimed at Italian families spending...
The toe of the Italian ‘boot’, Calabria, like its neighbouring region, is a sparsely populated region with unspoilt countryside. The coastline boasts fine, sandy beaches, while the interior features the rugged Aspromonte and Sila mountains, which dominate the landscape.
One of the main towns in the region is Cosenza, which is completely enclosed by mountains – the Sila to the east, the Catena Costiera to the west, separating it from the sea. The Sila massif is divided into three parts: the Sila Greca, Sila Grande and the Sila Piccola. Lying in the Sila Greca are the villages of Santa Sofia, San Sosmo and Vaccarizzo, which come alive during annual festivals held throughout the year. There are ski slopes in the Sila Granda plus numerous lakes, ideal for fishing. Camigliatello is one of the best known resorts here offering winter sports, riding and hiking.
Lastly, Sila Piccola is the region’s most densely forested section, which has been designated National Park status. South of Cosenza along the Tyrrhenian coast is Tropea, whose old town clings to the cliffside, offering superb views of the sea and beaches. There are more sandy beaches nearby at Capo Vaticano, while across on the Ionian coast is the popular resort of Rossano Scalo. Just inland from here is the attractive hilltown of Rossano while further south are the vineyards of Cirò. To the north of Rossano is Sibari, home to the world’s largest archaeological site, covering 1,000 hectares; excavations have revealed evidence of ancient Greek and Roman civilisations.
There are five provinces in Calabria: Catanzaro, Cosenza, Crotone, Reggio Di Calabria and Vibo Valentia.
Places of interest
Aspromonte: Scenic mountainous region in the southernmost tip of Italy’s boot.
Capo Colanna: Greek ruins, nearby beaches.
Gerace: Impressive cathedral, ruined castle.
Locri: Greek ruins.
Pizzo: Picturesque town with small castle and beaches.
Reggio di Calabria: National museum.
Soverato: Popular resort with good beaches.
Stilo: Home to the 10th-century, five-domed Cattolica.
CUISINE OF THE REGION
Food is largely influenced by Greek cuisine – aubergines, swordfish and sweets made with figs, almonds and honey. Many biscuits and cakes are made in honour of a religious festival or saint’s day; they can be deep fried in oil, soaked in honey or encrusted with almonds. Pasta is popular as are pork and cheeses such as mozzarella and pecorino. Locally produced wines include the Greco di Bianco, a sweet white wine, and those from Cirò. One of the most famous Calabrian ingredients is 'nduja, a spicy spreadable sausage made from pork, chili peppers, and other spices.
Pasta alla 'nduja:, A simple dish of pasta tossed with 'nduja sauce and grated cheese.
Laghane e ceci: A pasta dish made with chickpeas and rosemary.
Fileja alla tropeana: A pasta dish made with Tropea onions, swordfish, and tomatoes.
Melanzane ripiene alla calabrese: Stuffed eggplants with a filling of bread crumbs, cheese, and spices.
Pescespada alla griglia: Grilled swordfish.
Pignolata,: A honey-drenched dessert made with fried dough balls.