Last week I wrote about three of my favorite Tyrrhenian Sea beach towns and since I live on the Ionian, I couldn’t forget about my neighbors, now could I? Calabria’s Ionian coast is much less developed than its Tyrrhenian counterpart, so choosing three coastal towns that meet the criteria-exciting beaches, positive vibes, contagious energy, strong infrastructure-was a bit more challenging.
But challenge, smallenge. I’m up for it.
Today I’m presenting to you three bustling beach towns on Calabria’s Ionian Coast.
Soverato is just 15 minutes-in off season-from our bed and breakfast in Catanzaro and is one of the trendiest beach resorts on the Ionian. Besides the dramatic views and turquoise seas, people from the all of the province head to Soverato for the nightlife. The lungomare is one of the nicest on the coast and you can easily spend the day shopping along the main street, lunching at a local trattoria, relaxing on the beaches or partying with the natives in one of the local clubs.
If you are a regular reader of this blog or have a good knowledge of Calabrian castles, then you already know that Le Castella tops my list of towns to visit in Calabria. That’s right … towns.
In addition to being an Argonese hideaway, Le Castella is also the name of a village that sits on the Isola di Capo Rizzuto in the province of Crotone. Besides its namesake castle and sapphire blue waters, Le Castella has a plethora of good seafood restaurants, shops and gelaterias.
Cariati, a tiny seaside village on the northern Ionian coast, is set to become one of Calabria’s next big beach resort towns. Like other parts of Calabria, Cariati is known for being home to some of the cheapest holidays and over the last six months I’ve heard more and more about this Cosentino village. The locals there tell me they boast not only an award-winning gelateria, but also the best pizzeria in the bel paese.
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