Cantanzaro, sometimes known as the city of the two seas, is the capital of the Calabria region in Italy. A city of just under 100,000 inhabitants, this is a popular tourist destination during the summer months, especially amongst young Italians. Self catering accommodation in Catanzaro is of the highest standard, and will ensure that your stay on the Ionian Coast is a pleasant and comfortable one.
Being right on the sea, there are many water-based activities that one can partake in, such as windsurfing, kayaking and paragliding just to name a few. A little way out from the city, and it is possible to go horseback riding, or even to get a game of golf in should you so desire. During the evening, a quiet meal in a restaurant is just the way to relax after such a hard day’s work! The summer months may see an increase in the amount of nightlife and other entertainment available, as this is a popular area with Italians themselves.
Whilst the emphasis of holidays in Catanzaro is probably on the sun, sea and sand, the city and surrounding areas do have a lot more to offer the interested tourist. The Parco Archeologico di Scolacium sits between two beaches near the village of Roccelletta, and has a Norman-Byzantine style basilica, which looms above more ancient Roman and Greek ruins in an olive plantation. Near the downtown area of Catanzaro are three hills which offer stunning views out onto the valleys below. A Norman church built here has seen multiple uses through the years as a barracks, prison and a church once more. Of course, there are beaches galore, and they are ideal for lazing around and reading a book whilst safely lapping up the sun.
Catanzaro has a typical Mediterranean climate, with an average annual rainfall around the 16 inches mark. Temperature wise, the coldest it really gets here is around 9 degrees Celsius, which makes it significantly warmer than the UK during the same time of the winter, whilst its peak temperatures can rise to 25 degrees on average.
Catanzaro is served by two airports, however, only one of these seems to have regular flights. Lamezia Terme Aiport (SUF) receives flights from budget airlines such as Ryanair and Air Berlin, with the occasional easyJet flight. From London, there is a Ryanair flight from Stansted (STN) as well as an Air Berlin flight. Ryanair also operates flights from many European capitals into Catanzaro as well. Another option would be to take a flight to land in Rome, and then take an additional flight into Catanzaro on easyJet.