One-bedroomed property with private beach; easy access to Aspromonte National Park.
Lucy and David Leigh
- english, french, german
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lovely relaxing break
It is absolutely the best place if you don't want a touristy area, are self sufficient and happy to get on with things. Two weeks here will gladden your soul and set you up for the daily grind at home. The apartment has everything you need and overlooks the beach and pending on time of year/weather the sea is to die for swimming wise. We love it so much we have been twice and will go back again but southern Italy is not for the faint hearted. Driving is tricksy and some basic Italian helps. Brancaleone has a train station which takes you up to Reggio the main city and that is really a must for a fabulous day out at the museum, shops and restaurants.
Beautiful house right in front of the Ionian sea.
The flat is really fully equipped with washing machine, dish washer, air cond, etc.
High standard of finishing. When we got in the oven had not been used yet.
The beach is right in front of the house so when we arrived we placed sun-beds, chairs and umbrellas (everything provided by the owner) and we never moved them till when we left.
We really suggest the house for families with kids.
Also the flat is within a complex of other flats and we met very interesting people coming from all over the world.
Resuming: we think we will go back there soon and we really suggest this place to everybody
Holiday of alifetime
This really was a holiday of a lifetime, great apartment, warm local people and view of the sea everyday.
Thank you very much for your great review. David and I are delighted that you both enjoyed your stay so much - and that you are returning next year!
Cream of Galati
We spent a wonderful week in Galati. Mornings and late afternoons were spent swimming in the lovely sea and on what was effectively a a private beach. The apartment with its rooftop patio and kitchen balcony was ideal for reading, relaxing and bird watching (feathered kind) courtesy of a house martin's nest on the balcony.
Galati itself supplied bakery,butchers, bar and a choice of good,reasonably priced restaurants. The nearby village of Palazzi has a lovely patisserie/bar just up from a supermarket. Brancaleone, in the opposite direction has a good range of supermarkets and vegetable shops as well as restaurants and cafe/bars and very important a bank machine! Marie is very helpful and will tell you about markets etc. We stayed 8 nights and felt ready to take on the world again when we were leaving. We really enjoyed our sojourn in Galati.
We found the apartment very comfortable, well equipped and really clean. It is so close to the sea that you can actually hear the waves! The roof terrace was one of our favourite spots. With a huge parasol, it's a perfect place to read books or have lunch or coffee. We watched the sun rise a few times from there and the view was absolutely breathtaking!
Galati is a very small village with one shop where you can buy bread, milk,fruit and other essentials. The shop owners are terribly nice and will help you get what you want even if you don't speak a word of Italian. There is also a butcher and another shop with newspapers and what-nots (I managed to get a varnish remover there!). There are one or two places to eat in Galati - very basic, but the food is fresh, home made and very reasonably priced.
We had a car rented and did a few trips here and there and bigger shopping in the supermarket in Brancaleone, c. 15 min drive. If you are planning on renting a car beware of Italian drivers. They seem to treat the road signs as non-obligatory indicators!
We spent two weeks in Galati and loved every minute of it (in fact we have already booked the place for Sep 2014!). There were days when we had the whole beach to ourselves! Galati is a very quiet, low key place - exactly what we were looking for. It is a place where people still don't lock cars or houses, where you can buy things in a shop and pay the next day if you happened to forget your purse, where they will round the bill down for you in a restaurant! It is an oasis for people who want to escape the crowds (we live in London), slow down, forget about the clocks, schedules etc. and just BE.
Far away in Italy
We spent two relaxing weeks in very nice place. This year (2014) we will go there again. There is a real Italy, where live flows very slowly and gives you chance to forgot about a daily problems. If you like silent, sandy beach in front of you apartment and you don't like crowds this is a best palce (especially in the end of summer). The apartment is nice, good equipped (two bathrooms) with big roof tarrace. The Galati is very small village with a best small pizzeria (very good and cheap). To Brancaleone only few minutes (depending how you drive, like Italians or like non Italian, then few minutes more) by car where you can find more restaurants, shops and supermarkets and car is only one thing which you should bring with you to this palce (unless you want to stay whole time in Galati), everything for good vacation you will find there, good accomodation, sun, sea, good food, relax and nice people.
Thank you Pawe? and El?bieta for your kind words. We are delighted that you like the spot as much as we do and hope that your return trip will be as enjoyable as your first!
With best wishes, David and Lucy Leigh
The property is located in the hamlet of Galati which, although small, has a butcher, baker, café / gelataria, basic shop and several very good restaurants.
There is also a very good selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as a bank (near the railway station) in neaby Brancaleone, just 4 km away.