Check in then chill out – holidays to Parghelia are all about switching off on the sands.

Good enough to eat

Italy's Parghelia is waiting to help you unwind, with sandy shores and gentle waves at the ready. The tiny Calabrian town is all about tranquillity, so if your ideal holiday's made of peace, quiet and ocean air, it's a winner. Tuck in to buttery spaghetti with clams as you soak up the atmosphere.

Oh so quiet

With a seafront that could be plucked from a postcard, the star attraction of Parghelia's sightseeing list is the shoreline itself. Michelino Beach feels like a remote world of its own – easy to forget that it's just a short walk from family-run restaurants and shops.

Mini metropolis

If you're missing the buzz of urban life, whizz across to the town of Tropea – a five-minute drive. Taste hand-thrown pizzas and sculpted pasta shells before wandering around ancient churches. Tropea's home to Italy's famous red onions, bursting with a characteristically sweet flavour.

At a Glance

  • Kick back and relax on a postcard-perfect beach
  • Feast on freshly caught seafood at an oceanfront restaurant
  • Stroll the winding lanes to discover tiny churches and hidden bars