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Mild in winter with hot summers make Calabria one of the best places to stay any time of the year. Calabria certainly has stunning, pristine beaches, rustic charms, a friendly atmosphere and some uniquely spectacular countryside. Calabria also has some impressive Greek and Byzantine ruins and charming hilltop towns and fishing villages. Calabria is relatively quiet and inexpensive when it comes to visitors, so you’ll probably be surprised how reasonably priced the best places to stay in Calabria are.
Relatively undeveloped tourist infrastructure here probably has a lot to do with recent earthquakes, the region’s Mafia connections and its history of poverty but don't let that put you off visting this wonderful region.
Things not to miss:
- This is a very traditional, uncensored place with fairly unkempt, work-a-day cities, but its Tyrrhenian coastline is beyond picturesque, with a number of very lovely little ports and towns, some photo-perfect islands and idyllic, white-sandy beaches.
- Impressive museums stuffed with local finds, including ancient Greek and Byzantine artefacts and some serious hauls from ancient shipwrecks.
Calabria’s interior is largely under the umbrella of three relatively unexplored national parks. So this is a great option if you want to visit somewhere which feels a bit edgy, but you don’t want to leave Europe.
The summer months will be busier however, so if you want to book into one of the best places to stay in Calabria, get organised and plan ahead.
For a rustic vibe
- The Agriturismo Contrada Guido near Catanzaro is a charming hotel set amongst acres of farmland. There are 13 stylish rooms filled with upcycled antiques, and nice original details. Plus there’s a pool, a private beach and excellent Mediterranean restaurant, an orchard of citrus and olive trees and a chapel.
- At the other end of the scale you’ll find Praia Art Resort, a five star beach resort with luxurious, modern amenities, yet still many traditional features. The Art Hotel also has a private beach and a pool with spectacular views.
For a private apartment or villa
- For those looking for something a little more private, explore the options at our online partner Booking.com.
- The Calabria region is serviced by three airports: Reggio Calabria, Lamenzia Terme and Crotone.
- To explore the region on four wheels, visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.
- If your in search of sun, the summer months are best for you. To escape the summer crowds, we recommend September and Ocotber when the weather is still warm and landscape looks incredible.
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Best Hotels in Calabria
Al Castello 4 rooms from £105Reggio Calabria RC
Excellent contemporary hotel in the heart of Reggio Calabria featuring smart rooms that offer plenty of space and light. The hotel is ideally placed for exploring the Calabria's capital.Sights nearby - Two minutes walk from the Aragonese Castle of Calabria.
Suite 70 4 rooms from £96Reggio Calabria RC
Stylish hotel in central Reggio Calabria overlooking the beach. This excellent B&B features smart, comfortable rooms and is in an excellent location for accessing the city's main sights and sounds.Sights nearby - Ten minutes walk from the Aragonese Castle.Views - Great views from hotel
Casa Gemma 3 rooms from £44Lamezia Terme, Calabria
Casa Gemma is charming B&B overlooking Lamezia Terme. The lovely rooms are light, spacious and have terraces that offer magnificent views out over the Calabrian landscape. Quiet and secluded, it's a great place to relax and unwind.Great walks - Take lovely walks along the nearby river Canne.Local markets - Browse the local markets in Lamenzia Terme.Outstanding locationRomantic - Good for couples.
Palazzo del Capo 13 rooms from £120Cittadella del Capo, Calabria
Overlooking the Mediterranean, Palazzo del Capo is an impressive historic property turned five-star hotel featuring excellent traditional rooms and suites and a stellar restaurant. Relaxing spa, direct beach access and mature gardens with pool and sun terrace. A charming stay on the Calabrian coastSurfing - The coast of Calabria has some great spots for surfing.Great walks - Excellent walking trails along the Calabrian coastline.Local markets - Browse the local market in Cittadella del Capo.Views - Great views from hotel
Villa Paola 11 rooms from £210Tropea
Stunning hotel set in a beautiful 16th century former convent. Villa Paolo features classy rooms, stupendous views and a lovely terraced garden that's great for relaxing in. Ideally located for exploring the rich heritage and charm of Tropea.Sights nearby - Explore the stunning rocky crags around that town that house the Norman Cathedral and Santa Maria dell’Isola Church.Great walks - Walk up to the stunning Capo Vaticano Lighthouse with its fantastic views.Local markets - Browse the bustling Tropea market.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Rocca della Sena 15 rooms from £130Tropea
Hotel Rocca della Sena focuses on doing the simple things well with stunning views, excellent rooms and a great restaurant. With spa facilities to boot, this place is made for a relaxing holiday.Sights nearby - Explore Tropea’s rocky crags above the sea that are the sight of a Norman Cathedral and the Santa Maria dell’Isola Church.Diving - Diving trips can be organised by the hotel.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Views - Great views from hotel
Piccolo Grand Hotel 17 rooms from £125Pizzo, Calabria
Overlooking the Tyrrhenian and just a few minutes from the beach, Piccolo Grand Hotel is a great place to relax. Blending a modern aesthetic with the traditional charms of Calabrian hospitality, the hotel offers smart rooms, a snazzy cocktail bar and magnificent views.Sailing - Pizzo is a great stopping point for a sailing trip on the Tyrrhenian Sea.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby sights such as Murat Castle and Piedigrotta Church.Great walks - Go walking around the beautiful lake of Chiesa di Piedigrotta.Local markets - Browse the bustling Mercato Settimanale del Giovedi.
Agriturismo Contrada Guido 13 rooms from £79Catanzaro, Calabria
A charming hotel set in acres of farmland. Rooms are stylish and simple, filled with renovated furniture and exposed beams. Chapel, outdoor pool, private beach and gardens filled with citrus and olive trees. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine. An ideal choice for families or groups.Families - Plenty for families to enjoy from the private beach, playground, local markets, gardens and adventure park nearbyGroups - Entire property can be rented and facilities enjoyed: outdoor pool, gardens and private beachGreat walks - Valli Cupe, a natural sight filled with gorges, waterfalls and ravines is nearbySights nearby - Sellia Marina and Catanzaro, Museo Archelogico, Museo Marca
Praia Art Resort 13 rooms from £289Le Castella, Calabria
A five star beach resort on Calabria's Ionian coast, where fresh modern style meets rustic Italian tradition. Exposed beams and four poster beds complemented by luxury bathrooms and modern amenities. All backing onto a private beach to create an idyllic setting for a break in Southern Italy.Sights nearby - Historic towns, a marine reserve, national park and the 'greatest canyons of Europe' are all close byViews - Spectacular views along the coastlineSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Tablet, Sawdays