With over eighty kilometres of coastline, which extend wild and unspoilt along the lower Jonio, Locride represents one of the major tourist and cultural attractions in Calabria.
With scattered ancient vestiges of Magna Graecia – here, the poleis of Locri Epizefiri and Kaulon stood - Locride, with its forty-two municipalities, offers the travellers multiple possibilities to make one’s stay a unique experience.
Whether it is visiting the remains of the ancient temple on the Monasterace marina, attending one of the international concerts of Roccella Jazz or the folk music of the Kaulonia Taranta Festival, wherever you find yourself in this territory, the combination of nature, art, and history, and the sense of hospitality, turns out to be the key to immersing yourself in the discovery of a region that has ancient roots.
If the Costa dei Gelsomini is the main centre for those who love beaches and the crystal-clear sea, the rugged mountain hinterland offers new opportunities to discover.
Polsi and its Sanctuary dedicated to Madonna della Montagna, the Byzantine itineraries of Staiti, the ancient systems of control and communication of the dozens of towers and castles, the Cathedral of Gerace, an early medieval jewel studied all over the world, are just some of the example of the treasures waiting to be discovered.
The offering of food and wine worthily completes the riches that the area has to offer, from the Greco di Bianco wine, to cured meats and cheeses, such as the Caciocavallo di Ciminà, a type of cheese, still produced today according to the ancient traditions of the Aspromonte shepherds.
Bivongi: of red and ancient stones
Embraced by the intense green of Monte Consolino and dominated by a suggestive rocky ridge on which it is possible to see the fascinating ruins of the old Convent of the Apostles, the ancient village of Bivongi was founded in the 10th century AD from a group of Basilian monks fleeing from Saracen ra [...]
Brancaleone: a city that protects Caretta Caretta turtles
Brancaleone is a town of enchanting natural beauty, the Calabrian homeland of jasmines, which were brought here by the Ligurians in 1928, and the site of the most important nesting areas for Caretta Caretta turtles. A marine village to get to know and enjoy.
Caulonia: the irrepressible rhythm of tradition
Among the coolness of the Valle dello Stilaro and Allaro and the splendid Calabrian Ionian coasts, Caulonia, formerly called Castelvetere, gets its name from the ancient and important city of Kaulon, whose ruins continue to surface in the surround area. It seems that the village was founded by the s [...]
Ciminà: the home of caciocavallo
Nestled in the Aspromonte National Park, Ciminà is located downstream, under the Tre Pizzi Mountain and very close to the Condojanni River. A town increasingly frequented by international tourists who are attracted by its labyrinth of streets, the unique dwellings carved in the purple Ciminà high tu [...]
Ardore: harmony between the new and the old
Ardore is located less than a hundred kilometres from Reggio Calabria and three kilometres from the archaeological park of Locri Epizefiri. Between the two Condojanni and Pintammati rivers and the first hills of Aspromonte, overlooking the Ionian Sea in a breath-taking panorama between Punta Stilo a [...]