Praia a Mare (Praia a Mare-Tortora – Località Santo Stefano), a quiet town, is part of the “Riviera dei Cedri” (the “cedar coast”), which is around 50 km long, and welcomes its visitors with beaches of white sand, but also rugged shores or private lidos displaying all kinds of amenities. For the tourist, there is a wide choice of outdoor activities: diving and snorkelling, boating, windsurfing, rafting, horse-riding on the beach, parachuting, paragliding, quad-biking, but also classical sports like tennis and golf.
Praia’s key attraction is the island of Dino, which majestically rises from the waters just south of the residential area. This island deserves a visit for its numerous caves, in which stalactites and stalagmites have shaped unique natural monuments. For our young visitors there are lots of fun games and events on offer in the AquaFans theme park; and they will be held spell-bound by the primeval fascination of dinosaur’s island.
To relax, a stroll along Praia’s seafront offers beautiful panoramic views, attractive restaurants that invite you to taste the typical dishes of the region. In the evenings, night spots and public events entertain the tourist who may do some shopping or just simply look at the beautiful starry sky above.
Scalea is a historical city, full of ancient buildings and archaeological sites with Greek and Roman ruins. It is renowned for its numerous towers, for its old city centre, for its many different shops, bars and restaurants, displaying a traditional, but also lively and easy-going atmosphere.
Maratea, a typical Calabrese town with its narrow alleys and small traditional restaurants and artisan’s shops is a fascinating place for every visitor. From the hill, where the statue of Christ the redeemer stands, a wide panoramic view can be enjoyed.
In the city of Paola, just across the hills, one finds the sanctuary of Saint Francis of Paola, built in the 16th century, housing the garments of the saint.
The town of Diamante with its waterfront, its Murales (wall paintings) and its Chilli Pepper Festival will certainly be another pleasure trip.
The best season in Calabria begins at the end of April / beginning of May and reigns supreme until mid October. All through the year you may book our language courses, or enjoy our spa and wellness packages, or just get impressed by numerous guided tours to the region’s places of historical, archaeological or religious interest.
Genuine and exquisite scents and flavours, generous vineyards, large sways of century-old olive plantations, a crystal-clear sea, secluded bays and beaches, caves and cliffs, lakes and silvery rivers, splendid mountains, traditional warm-heartedness and hospitality – all that will assure that Calabria is going to find its place in each visitor’s heart.
How to get there
By plane: Lamezia Terme or Naples airport
The transfer two-ways organized by us:
From Lamezia Terme to Praia a Mare € 250.-
From Naples to Praia a Mare € 350.-
By train: up to the railway station of Scalea by night-train or with the “Freccia Rosa” / “Italo” trains as far as Salerno, transfer from / to the railway station organized by us:
From Salerno to Praia a Mare € 250.-
From Naples to Praia a Mare € 350.-
From Scalea/Praia a Mare to villa Armonia included in the price
By car: Follow the A3 motorway to Reggio Calabria up to the exit “Lagonegro Nord”. Take this exit to leave the motorway and continue in the direction of Praia a Mare. Leave the main road by taking the exit “Praia a Mare Ospedale”, then turn left at the next junction. Enter the small road to the right after a couple of meters. There is a sign VILLA ARMONIA at the roadside. The last house on the left is Villa Armonia. The exact location is called “Santo Stefano di Tortora”.
Railway station (Praia a Mare)
30 km (Lagonegro Nord)
Airport Lamezia Terme
Hospital and pharmacy
Work in progress
Market and shops
Market: 1 km
Shops: 2 km
Tennis and riding school
Lake and golf