When it comes to destinations in Calabria, Tropea is without a doubt one of the most popular and well-known seaside towns. Situated on the “Coast of the Gods”, it’s no surprise that this magnificent place as captured the interest of travelers from all over the world. You can’t help but fall in love with its sparkling blue-green waters, dramatic views and charming historical center that seems to grow right out of the rocky sandstone cliffs on which its built.
Tropea is always a great place to visit when in Calabria. Here are some things you’ll definitely want to do when in Tropea.
Wander the Old Town
Tropea’s historical center is perfection, with its winding cobblestone streets and jaw-dropping views. As you make your way through the maze of narrow streets, you will instantly be taken by the many ancient residences with intricate portals and balconies overlooking the sea. Within the historic center, you’ll find beautiful piazze (squares), many of which overlook the sea. It’s a perfect place to sit with a gelato and enjoy the magnificent view.
Catch Sunsets and People-Watch in Piazza del Cannone
One of the most important squares in the town is the Piazza del Cannone, which you’ll instantly know thanks to the canon that sits on the edge of the square. What makes this square extra special, is the fact that it’s a prime location to admire a gorgeous sunset.
Enjoy the Beaches and Harbor
Tropea also has a beautiful beach which you can access from the historic center. From Largo Duomo you can take the steps (many steps!) down to the beach. There are many places you can choose from along the coastline – depending on the time of year the main beach can get busy. However, if you follow the coastline you’ll find smaller harbors that aren’t as busy and you can even take in the local fishermen in action.
Visit the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola
This ancient church dates back to the 4th century and was originally of Basilian origin, it was rebuilt in the Gothic era and was a refuge for hermits and sailors. Once upon a time it was completely surrounded by water but now it’s accessible from the mainland and can be reached by climbing a steep staircase that’s carved out of the rock the church is built on. As you climb the steps and make your way to the top, you are completely taken aback by the gorgeous panoramic view of this coastline. Inside, the church is quite simple but still worth a visit.
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