Holidays to Tropea give you all the beachy goodness of Calabria, with crystal-clear waters and a dose of old Italian charm.

The best of the boot

Nestled on the edge of Italy's big toe in the scenic Calabria region, aptly known as Coast of the Gods, Tropea's a world of beaches, piazzas and quaint little churches. It's got wisteria-covered balconies, pastel-painted facades and – most importantly – unforgettable sea views.

Sparkling shores

Beach lovers be warned, Tropea's bays are so picture-perfect you'll find it hard to leave. Wander down the hillside to reach a fairy tale sight – beaches with sands so white they could've been plucked from The Caribbean. Not to mention the sparkling turquoise waves that lap at the shore.

Special gems

Santa Maria dell'Isola Monastery sits on the peak of a rocky sea outcrop like a mighty crown jewel – a photo-op must. Down in the town, be sure to try Tropea's edible attraction – its signature onion and cuttlefish gelato.

At a Glance

  • Taste the town's famous sweet onion recipes
  • Snorkel in some of the clearest waters in Calabria
  • Check out a magical old monastery by the sea