One of the most beautiful beaches in Calabria is surrounded by nature that offers us peace and tranquility. The white sands and the sea water, look like a painting and attract our body and soul! Today we are going to Capo Vaticano. So, let’s do it! Here at Your Travel to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? Looking for a hotel? Click here and discover best accommodation options in Calabria!
A little more about Capo Vaticano
Capo Vaticano is a place in the Mediterranean Sea to be discovered; a true native paradise overlooking the Calabrian coast of Tyrrhenian Sea with crystal clear water, fauna and flora ready to be explored. A promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, of the Apennines of Calabria, extends to the sea and separates the Gulf of Santa Eufemia by Gioia Tauro. Small sandy bays, often only reachable from the sea or through paths, fine white sands with living and intense colors of the sea, which change from green turquoise to deep blue. It is not surprising that this is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.
A legend says that in ancient times, a oracle lived in the Promontorio and before leaving to the sea, sailors would pay him a visit, in the cave where he lived, located under a rock called, Mantineo which means “to communicate divine will”.
Before the tourism boom, Capo Vaticano was a small fishing village. What Are The Ten Places You Must See In Calabria?
Attractions in Capo Vaticano
Following the purity of its sea and the exciting landscapes offered by its coastline, it has always attracted more visitors. Capo Vaticano, even today, presents itself as an uncontaminated resort that has extraordinary beauty: in just seven kilometers of crystal clear waters that are tinted with all shades of colors ranging from turquoise to deep blue, there are panoramas of a beauty of indescribable charm. The sea that surrounds Capo Vaticano is the ideal place for a swim, where you can discover the depths inhabited by the population of numerous and varied fish, all thanks to a set of currents from the two gulfs: from Sant’Eufemia, to the north, and Gioia, to the south. Let us not forget the sunset on the nearby wind islands: it is difficult to describe it in words. You need to experience it in person! Read also: Calabria Itinerary: 12 Days In Paradise!
Immersed in the nature…
Most of Capo Vaticano’s beaches are protected by wild vegetation which makes the environment even more exciting. Some of the most famous beaches in Capo Vaticano are Tono, Santa Maria, Torre Ruffa, Fuoco, Formicoli, Riaci and Petri i Mulinu. On the promontory there is a lighthouse in the shape of a cylindrical tower from 1870, the so-called Capo Vaticano Lighthouse. In addition, from the lookout overlooking the Capo Vaticano promontory, you can admire the dozens of coves with their Caribbean transparency and, in days without fog, the Aeolian Islands are also visible from there.
You cannot forget the charm of the two Capo Vaticano views; they form the Mediterranean in its purest form. The first is the famous Belvedere del Faro. Here, taking the first entrance adjacent to the lighthouse (an old wooden structure) and going down a steep, narrow road, you arrive in alleys carved in the rock and squares overlooking the sea, where you can admire one of the most picturesque scenic stretches of the coast. Behind the Lighthouse, in front, the view can go from Etna to the Strait; from the coast of Reggio to Stromboli, you can delight in the beauty of the blue-green tones of the clear and deep sea of Capo Vaticano, the famous Mantineo rock and the unmistakable scent of Mediterranean vegetation.
More attractions in Capo Vaticano…
Along the way it is essential to stop at some of the local produce store where you can buy delicacies with unique colors and smells. This place is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of the coast of Calabria, a scenario that can be fully appreciated ‘drawing the coast’ by boat, which remains one of the best ways to experience this part of the coast of Calabria and to venture into the caves or in the streams making a stop at the dream beaches, which are inaccessible by canoe or with a simple pedal boat.
A tourist destination for thousands of tourists Capo Vaticano is a true paradise for nature lovers. A popular destination, nationally and internationally, loved by families. Today it has become a very popular tourist destination and there are hundreds of tourist accommodation facilities including hotels, residences, villages and private apartments, which each year offer holiday deals in Capo Vaticano at very competitive prices.
How to get there?
1) How to get there? BY PLANE
You can reach Capo Vaticano from Lamezia Terme Airport, which is 65 km away, or from Reggio Calabria Airport.
2) How to get there? BY TRAIN
Capo Vaticano receives several train lines. The main stations are Vibo / Pizzo or Lamezia Terme. There are trains from both Eurostar and Freccia Argento, in addition to trains from the Calabria Railway, Ricadi station (1.5 km) or Tropea (9 km).
3) How to get there? BY CAR
To reach Capo Vaticano take the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria motorway and access the Pizzo Calabro exit; continue to Tropea, towards Capo Vaticano.
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Capo Vaticano is a beautiful Belvedere, a corner of paradise on the coast of Calabria ‘of the gods’. Always along the coast, far away, you can see Mount Sant’Elia and the purple coast that can’t be missed. Only an aerial view of the crystal clear sea is worth a thousand written words. Capo Vaticano is a paradisiacal and uncontaminated place to live and discover.
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