Soak up the sun, explore mysterious caves and visit ancient archaeological sites in this village perched on the hills of the Riviera dei Cedri.
Famous for its natural and architectural beauties, San Nicola Arcella is located on the hills that precede the rugged Calabrian mountains, with a splendid view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its historic center has maintained the discreet and relaxed charm of the typical towns of southern Italy. Its winding streets lead to panoramic points that make holidays in San Nicola Arcella unforgettable, with sandy beaches, caves and cool, shady ravines from which to contemplate the turquoise sea.
The tree-lined streets of the old city are pleasant for a relaxing stroll. Among the places of architectural interest there is the Church of San Nicola da Tolentino, from the 19th century, with a simple white facade and twin bell towers. Walking up to the Belvedere di San Nicola you will be amazed by the wide view that opens onto the sea and the surrounding mountains. Another interesting walk takes you to the Palazzo dei Principi di Lanza di Trabia, once the summer residence of the lords of Scalea.
For a well-deserved break during your trip to San Nicola Arcella, stop for lunch in one of the many pizzerias, trattorias or wine bars in the area. Regional specialties inspired by traditional peasant dishes dominate the local menus, so you will be spoiled for choice, for example, between ricotta, sausage and spinach ravioli and spicy tomato fusilli.
The beach of San Nicola Arcella follows the profile of a picturesque bay protected by rocky promontories on both sides. In summer, the beach is mostly occupied by beach clubs and their restaurants, where you can hire sunbeds, parasols and water sports equipment. A path leads from the southern end of the inlet to the Crawford Tower lookout point and further on to Dino Tower.
On the opposite side of the northern promontory is the Spiaggia dell'Arcomagno, a splendid cave of crystal clear water and marvelous rock formations. Access to the beach is through the Grotta dell'Arcomagno, a majestic rock that forms an imposing arch. You can reach this place along the path on the cliff or rent a pedal boat and arrive by sea from the beach of San Nicola Arcella. In the itinerary of the holiday packages in San Nicola Arcella, a stop in Praia A Mare, located further north and one of the most popular seaside resorts in Calabria, cannot be missed.
You can reach San Nicola Arcella by car, to explore the province of Cosenza in complete freedom. Alternatively, take a train to nearby Scalea and continue by taxi to your destination.