Scalea is one of the largest towns on the south west Italy and has a long beach, lots of bars and restaurants.
An extremely popular location in the summer season for Italian tourists as they descend down from Naples, Rome and many other areas of Italy. The reason that they visit Scalea is the warm climate, the scenery and south Italy tends to be much cheaper than the north, holiday rentals are reasonably priced.
The weather tends to be very mild from easter time till october and there can be weeks during the summer with no rainfall at all, but the area is green and lush even in high season as there is enough rainfall throughout the year to maintain the local floral and fauna. The general climate is extremely mild where there can be sunshine throughout the year.
Scalea has all the amenities that you will need including a large Eurospar, a wide range of shops and there are banks with ATMS in mutiple languages and there is plenty of accommodation available but please book ahead for the the 6 weeks of the Italian summer holiday's (the second week in July till the end of August).
Every thursday there is a market held in Scalea, with stalls selling local produce, gift items with a whole range of choice. There are even African artefacts to be found there, the market is always popular. The town is absolutely buzzing during the six weeks of the Italian holiday period which starts on the second week of July and continues throughout August. There is so much to do, there are watersports, rafting, jeep adventures, snorkelling and sky diving.
Scalea is a typical traditional tourist town of where religious festivals always draw big crowds, the town really comes alive at Easter when the religious festivals begin and the days are longer and warmer. The Italians travel down to Scalea for there first break of the holiday year.
The Festa Della Madonna Del Carmine is fabulous, the main street of Scalea is closed off and flower petals are lined up along the whole street making up religious figures with an array of colours and is so intricately done, the painstaking work that the local people do is incredible, it really is a wonderful sight to see. You can enjoy religious festivals which carry on through the summer period and are always popular.
Top Scalea Restaurants
When it comes to food you are spoilt for choice, I would highly recommend Ristorante Creperia Il Parigino a high quality Italian/French restaurant which is right by the beach and the food is excellent with a very friendly atmosphere and an English speaking proprietor Vincenzo. Menus in other restaurants are sometimes translated into English but this does not necessarily mean that the staff will speak English but at least you can point.
If you would like a fresh stone baked traditional Italian pizza there is no better place than the very popular restaurant of Il Corsaro, which is across the road from the beach at the far end of Scalea. I have ate many a pizza there and it is such a warm and welcoming atmosphere whilst you are enjoy your food you will notice huge pizza boxes going back and forth as the local Italians buy their family tea.
The Vigri Restaurant is right on the sea front and has some of the finest food in Scalea, supplying typical Calabrese and meditteranean dishes, the local fish is highly recommend and the menu is quite extensive and changes on a regular basis. It also has extensive view of the sea and the torre talao.
Or why not walk up to (Centro Storico) the old town to a trattoria and taste the traditional food of Calabria, be warned you will need an appetite as even the antipasti (first course) is plentiful, I would advise not going too mad on the antipasti as you may struggle to get through the main course but boy it is tempting to over indulge on those tasty treats!
Scalea is my favourite destination and I always enjoy taking a break and soaking up the sunshine, it is paradise to me.
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