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Calabria tirrenica

The Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria stretches from the municipality of Tortora (CS) to the city of Reggio Calabria, a real "watershed" on the Strait. From north to south, very different scenarios alternate, grouped according to the peculiarities of the area.

For those arriving from the north, the Riviera dei Cedri welcomes you. It owes its name to the cultivation of an indigenous citrus fruit, unique in the world: the Calabria citron, the protagonist every year of the Jewish festival of Sukkot, on the occasion of which rabbis from all over the world turn to Calabria for the precious harvest of the fruit. Dino Island (Municipality of Praia a Mare), a protected paradise of marine flora and fauna, belongs to this stretch of coast. Among the natural attractions not to be missed are the Arcomagno Beach (San Nicola Arcella) and the Scogli d'Isca (Amantea), a WWF "Blue Oasis" Marine Park. This stretch of sea has 5 Blue Flags - Tortora, Praia a Mare, San Nicola Arcella, Santa Maria del Cedro and Diamante - the Green Flag of Praia a Mare (sea suitable for families with children) - and the Orange Flag of Fiumefreddo Bruzio (one of the 15 Most Beautiful Villages of Italy in Calabria). 

Continuing southwards, we come to the Costa degli Dei, the stretch of sea closest to the Aeolian Islands, from which to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and unique phenomena, such as the so-called "Kiss of the Sun at Stromboli". At 55 km long, this coastline falls entirely within the province of Vibo Valentia, alternating long stretches of unspoilt beach, with the Green Flag in Nicotera, fine sandy coves, Paradiso del Sub (Zambrone) and Spiaggia di Parghelia, right up to the craggy Green Flag cliffs of Capo Vaticano (Ricadi). Among the villages not to be missed are Pizzo Calabro, famous for the Pizzo Truffle PGI (the only ice cream brand in the world) and Tropea, "The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea", Blue Flag and Orange Flag (Village of Villages 2021), home of the Tropea Red Onion PGI.

Finally, the Costa Viola, the southernmost part of the Calabrian Tyrrhenian Sea, in the province of Reggio Calabria. Here the sea is open and deep and the water, at certain times of day, takes on a characteristic purple colour. It is the sea of legends and of the optical illusion known as the "Fata Morgana Effect", which seems to unite the two shores of the Strait. From the Green Flag of Marinella and the Taurian Archaeological Park (Palmi), to the fishing village of Chianalea (Scilla), also known as "The Venice of the South" among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy (Orange Flag), the beaches are varied and the folkloristic and culinary traditions are strongly linked to swordfish fishing (Bagnara Calabra and Scilla).

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