Nestled between the sea and the Calabrian hills, this town will win you over with its splendid architecture, beaches and lush nature reserve. Wandering around its streets dotted with stairs, you will discover where the name of Scalea derives from.
Wonderful beaches, an incomparable medieval quarter and lush green countryside make holidays in Scalea the best choice if you want to get to know the Riviera dei Cedri. Scalea is enclosed between the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the promontory of Capo Scalea to the north and owes its name to its layout on several levels, connected to each other by steep roads and stairways.
The old city is surrounded by the ancient defensive walls and, with its compact spaces, has maintained the atmosphere of the past, with typical shops and trattorias. Walking among its period buildings, it is not uncommon to still come across the locals who, during the summer, sit outdoors along the streets to chat and enjoy the fresh air. As in many other settlements of medieval origin in the province of Cosenza, here too there are the ruins of a Norman castle. From above you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the roofs of the houses below, of the gentle mountains and of the sea not far away.
In the Palazzo dei Principi Spinelli, dating back to the 13th century, you can admire the valuable frescoes from the 1600s, while in the Cimalonga Tower, once part of the city walls, you will find an interesting museum. In the Church of Santa Maria d'Episcopio a painting by Paolo de Matteis is exhibited while in the Church of San Nicola di Platea you will see the tomb of the philosopher Gregorio Caloprese and the sarcophagus of the admiral Ademaro Romano.
The promenade is dominated by the Talao Tower. Built as a watchtower on a promontory in the 17th century, it was later used as a military garrison and as a meeting place for local artists. Along the Corso Mediterraneo, arranged parallel to the coast, you will find shops and clubs, bakeries, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Scalea beach is the perfect destination to indulge in fun water activities, relax in the sun with a delicious drink or try the many seaside restaurants serving fish-based menus and Calabrian specialities. If you plan your trip to Scalea during the months of July and August, keep in mind that in the high season the city and its beaches are very popular with both locals and tourists.
This renowned seaside destination is located along the railway line that connects the main towns of the Calabrian coast, including Diamante, Fuscaldo, Paola and Praia a Mare. Given the short distance that separates the coast from the old city, visiting Scalea on foot is particularly pleasant. Take advantage of the holiday packages in Scalea to go on day trips to the Argentino River Valley Nature Reserve and to the quiet village of Santa Domenica Talao, located on top of a nearby hill.