Capo Vaticano beach

Serene family recreation

Capo Vaticano is a massive rock protruding deep into the sea, with the same-name resort village on its top, is situated on the southern edge of the Apennine peninsula. At its foot and along the Coast of Gods (Costa degli Dei), the excellent beaches of Capo Vaticano stretch from Tropea.

Beach description

Grotticelle is a central beach of Capo Vaticano, covered with soft white sand mixed with smooth fine pebbles. Sharp rocky cliffs rarely occur on the even surface.

The slightly sloping bottom is a wide stone plate covered with sand. Through the transparent blue, all details are well-seen: shelves, fissures, and depressions. Buoys are located 150 m away from the beach. Wonderful views of underwater flora and fauna, highly appreciated by scuba-diving and diving fans, open in the depth.

To the north from Grotticelle, the sand and rocky beach Praia Focu is situared in a small rocky bay. You can get there from Grotticelle and Santa Maria beaches only by sea, by boat or catamaran. Praia Focu is in the top of picturesque secret beaches uniting places with complicated access, secluded, unseen from the sea or the coast.

Santa Maria, located close to Grotticelle, has much in common with it — sand and pebbles, picturesque rocks with rich vegetation, transparent water not hiding the sand and rocky bottom, and a long sand shoal over the stone slab.

The following beaches of Capo Vaticano are no less picturesque and comfortable for recreation:

  • Coccorino;
  • Tono;
  • Тorre-Ruffa;
  • Torre-Marino;
  • Formicoli;
  • Tonicello.

Beaches have a developed infrastructure. You can rent deck chairs, umbrellas, sling chairs. Guests are offered shower cabins and water closets. Capo Vaticano is not overcrowded even in high season, so you can relax and enjoy your rest with small kids. Due to wide slightly sloping descent, this place is much safer than other beach areas.

The beaches of Capo Vaticano are especially popular among Italians, so they form the main cohort of beach-goers here. Favorable amosphere and wonderful views of the south of Italy attract numerous tourists from France, Germany and Great Britain but there are few Russians there.

When is it better to go

In terms of climate, the period from May to October is the most favorable for visiting Italy. The air and water temperature becomes ideal for a classic beach holiday, followed by a trip to the coast of Italy. However, it is necessary to remember that a long summer with the scorching sun, warm sea and pleasant sea breeze attracts crowds of tourists.

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Capo Vaticano and neighboring villages, stretching along the Coast of Gods, have everything for tourists — hotels, guest houses, rental apartments and houses, restaurants, cafes, souvenir stores, tourist offices. It is better to choose and book rooms in hotels in advance, a couple of months before the season start.

restaurants, taverns, trattorias, cafes, diners of Capo Vaticano with the prevailing Calabrian cuisine, are mainly specialized in seafood and fish. Dishes from vegetables, meat, smoked meat products and cheese are also made. bars where you can make a light meal and quench your thirst are open on the beaches.

Capo Vaticano is extremely picturesque. Narrow streets with small beautiful houses mantled with blooming plants are the favorite place for tourists to walk. In the neighborhood, there are many hiking and bicycle routes, and you have a possibility to ride a horse. There are few sights in the village, although each stone here breathes with the past - myths and legends. The list of local "celebrities" includes:

  • the ancient lighthouse of Belvedere del Faro on a high cliff, from which Stromboli volcano is seen, 
  • Peasants' Museum with the exposition of old agricultural tools and mechanisms.

The village tour agencies organize yacht tours to Lipari islands, to Tropea, Amantea, Diamante, Crotone, Reggio di Calabria and to other interesting places of the province.

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Villaggio Il Gabbiano
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Baia Del Sole Resort
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Hotel Villaggio Cala Di Volpe
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How to get to Capo Vaticano

You can get to Capo Vaticano with comfort and at a rather low price from Lamezia Terme International Airport by train, taxi, or rented car. There are other ways of traveling to Capo Vaticano — from Rome, Milano, Naples, and other cities but they will be more expensive, and take more time.

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