Scalea is a picturesque historical town situated in Calabria in Southern Italy, on the sunny Tyrrhenian coast, surrounded by bright blue warm sea and lush high mountains. Around every corner is a new panoramic view. Scalea is on the Cedar Riviera and one of the most visited resorts in Italy. The climate here is amongst the best in the Mediterranean with long soft hot summers and very short mild winters.
If you are interested in the 'Real' Italy, then this region is for you because you will see real culture and Italian life, enjoy delicious Italian food and wine. Italians have been having great holidays here. This town has everything going for. It is very busy here, with parties, discos, bars and nightclubs, markets and great local festivals.
The name of Scalea is also synonymous of culture, history and folklore which was gradually enriched with monuments and works of art, most of which can still be admired today. Well worth a visit are the famous Old Town with attractive stairway that begins in piazza De Palma: it is a natural amphitheatre, 13th century Palazzo of the Spinelli Princes, the Norman Castle, the Palazzo Palamolla, of Renaissance inspiration and the Torre Cimalonga, Aragonese style building, now the seat of the 'Antiquarium'
Things to do.
A few suggestions of things to do in and around Scalea (all information and booking from any hotel on the coast).
Isola Dino you can take a boat trip out to the caves and grotto.
Pollino national Park nature mountains lakes etc... located 25min drive from Scalea- Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Bird Watching etc. Aquapark In Praia a Mare on the beach. Aquafan is the biggest water park in Italy (a few miles away by train or car). Paragliding in Praia a Mare.
Other outdoor activities.
Scuba Diving at DinoSub - Praia a mare.
The dive centre is on the beach at Praia a Mare (2 miles from Scalea) between the 15th of June and the 15 of September. Snorkelling - lots of interesting sites in Scalea and up the coast.
Canoeing and Water Rafting are very popular activities on the famous white waters of Fiume Lao (office located on Via Lauro and Via Sauro).
Horse Riding centre is located 2 miles south of Scalea on the Strada for Verbicaro and Marcelluna. La Bruca Riding Centre. Information at the Hotel Talao. Also horse trekking in San Dominica Taloa.
Places of Interest nearby (km distance from apartment)
Orsomarso National park entrance, waterfall and hiking, 15km.
San Nicola Arcella- Caves, picturesque seaside village, 5km.
Maratea – marina and nice port, old world charm, lovely secluded beach, known as 'Jewel of Basilicata', 20km.
Praia a mare- Aqua park, Isola Dino, shopping, tree lined promenade, long sandy beach, fishing, 10km.
Diamante- promenade, beach and pretty old town famous for chillies and wall murals, 20km.
Cirella- very quiet beach while other beaches are busy, 15km.
San Domenica Taloa- hill town, fabulous views over coast, 8km.
Rivello, Aieta, Tortora -hill towns with windy cobblestone roads and a giant step into the past, 30km,20km, 18km
La Sila Mountains- National park, Lakes, Pine trees, Mountains and all the breath taking scenery that goes with those, 2hr drive.
Papasidero- hilltown, cave paintings from bronze age, white water rafting, canoeing, 35km.
Cosenza, local city 1hr 15min drive, pretty old town.
Sicily is a 3hr drive south with a short 25min ferry crossing.