Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods) or Costa Bella (Beautiful Coast), is the name given to the stretch of Calabria’s southern Tyrrhenian coastline that extends from Nicotera to Pizzo Calabro. The entire Costa degli Dei is located within the province of Vibo Valentia whose coastal region is renowned for its series of bays, headlands, white beaches and transparent sea. Long white beaches alternate with jagged rocky areas dotted with small coves that can only be reached on foot or by boat. The scenic views and the proximity of the Aeolian Islands contribute to this dreamlike location that is adorned by white beaches, clear seas and a seabed teeming with life. For divers, there is nothing more appealing than being surrounded by the coast’s exceptionally beautiful underwater flora and fauna.
Pizzo, one of the most picturesque towns on the Costa degli Dei, stands perched on the slope of a cliff overlooking the sea. Its appearance is that of a typical fishing village, which is characterised by a maze of narrow and charming cobbled alleyways that you wouldn’t mind getting lost in.
The castle of Joachim Murat can be found In the upper part of the city, perched on the promontory. Inside you can learn more about the last few days of this sovereign’s life before he was shot inside this castle that bears his name.
Another of Pizzo Calabro’s treasures is the little church of Piedigrotta which was built inside a cave and decorated with statues of saints and Madonnas carved directly into the rock.
The internationally renowned town of Tropea is immensely popular among tourists and is characterised by its white beaches overlooked by the rock face. The town is divided into an upper part consisting of the village itself that overlooks the sea, and the lower part, known as La Marina, which is just a stone’s throw from the port and the sea.
In addition to the breath-taking beauty of the crystal clear sea, the Church dell’Isola is sure to pique the interest of visiting tourists. The church stands on a promontory completely surrounded by the sea and houses many beautiful works of art. Tropea is also the home of the delicious Red Onion of Tropea which has obtained a quality mark thanks to its very sweet and unmistakable taste.
Capo Vaticano is an expansive seaside resort in the municipality of Ricàdi. Interestingly, the promontory that takes its name is made of a special granite whose peculiar geological features are studied all over the world. The picturesque beaches and the crystal clear sea teeming with fish make Capo Vaticano a must-visit attraction for both Italian and foreign divers and tourists.
This entire stretch of coastline alternates between sheer cliffs, sandy shores, caves and secluded, natural and unspoilt beaches. However, one thing that remains constant along the coastline is its flourishing natural environment that creates simply enchanting landscapes. The promontory is the site of a cylindrical lighthouse installed in 1870 which overlooks the entire coast and provides the perfect vantage point from which to take in the unique panorama.
Zambrone, also referred to as Paradiso dei Sub (Diver's paradise), is one of the Costa degli Dei’s most popular tourist resorts thanks to its tropical-looking beaches. Its coastline alternates between white sandy beaches and more rocky stretches, not to mention the numerous coves with crystalline sea water.
Parghelia is another popular destination on the Costa degli Dei. It is famous for the stretch of beach known as la Pizzuta which is dotted with pinnacles of granite rock that emerge from a sea surrounded by white sandy beaches and rocky cliffs.
In addition to its natural beauty, Costa degli Dei is renowned for its gastronomy and is home to some of Calabria’s most delicious traditional dishes.
The Red Onion of Tropea, the 'Nduja of Spilìnga and the Pecorino cheese of Monte Poro should be on every foodie’s must-try list.