Legend has it that Tropea, a small town on the east coast of Calabria in southern Italy, owes its cliff-edge setting to the Roman God Hercules, who during his journey back from Gibraltar chose to start a settlement on the site of what has grown to become a popular tourist destination. Rising 50 metres above the beach, the town’s historic centre is a charming hotchpotch of narrow lanes, old buildings, and stunning viewpoints dominating the Costa degli Dei (‘Gods’ Coast’). An ancient sanctuary stands on the promontory opposite the town, while the local red onion steals the show on the culinary front.
A wide range of accommodation options can be found both in the old town and along the picturesque coast, all within easy reach of the white sand beaches stretching at the foot of the cliff. Spectacular views, indulgent cuisine and seaside comforts are just some the highlights of any visit to Tropea.
From €138/ night
This waterfront villa is surrounded by the quiet streets of a residential district, just a ten-minute walk from the old town. Its 15 rooms exude a warm and stylish ambience where guests can enjoy stunning sea views and top-class facilities, including Jacuzzis and private terraces. Elsewhere in the hotel, poolside aperitivi and light lunches are served on the communal terrace, while a sauna and a small gym are also available. Among the selection of local whites and reds featured at the wine bar, Cirò DOC is the one to look out for.
From €115/ night
An adults-only hotel, La Dolce Vita a Tropea occupies an ancient palazzo perched over the marina. Its seven rooms boast an original style and fanciful 1950s design, with the most exclusive option including a private balcony and direct access to the communal terrace. The view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the sanctuary of Saint Mary of the Island serve as a backdrop to alfresco breakfast and aperitivi, while the charming alleyways of the old town are on the hotel’s doorstep. This is a prime location for discovering the artisan shops and historic buildings of Tropea.
From €180/ night
Situated right at the edge of Tropea’s vicoli, Palazzo Mottola blends into the cliff perched over the beach. Such a privileged location delivers all-embracing views from the duomo’s bell tower to the Aeolian Islands, best enjoyed from the rooftop terrace. An american bar serves sunset aperitivi and after-dinner drinks, accompanied by seafood treats and other local culinary specialities. A lavish 50 square metre suite is available, while all guest rooms feature exclusive details such as Vietri ceramic flooring. This hotel offers a luxury stay inbetween the sea and the old town of Tropea.
From €74/ night
Tropea Boutique Hotel is housed in a grand 19th-century palace just outside the town’s historic centre. The sea views from its rooms reach as far as Stromboli Island, topped by the craters of the famous volcano. On the hotel’s terraces, guests can enjoy relaxing moments while feasting their eyes on the coastline below, with white sand beaches located just minutes away. Such views also act as a backdrop for the yoga classes that are often held in the hotel’s grounds.
From €805/ night
Luxurious yet informal, this 5-star hotel is housed in an ancient villa overlooking the sea of Calabria. The elegant complex was originally built as a monastery and then turned into a private residence, surrounded by a terraced garden lush with Mediterranean colours and scents. An infinity pool provides an idyllic vantage point for enjoying views over the Costa degli Dei, made all the more enjoyable by the snacks and drinks served at the adjoining bar. The catch of the day is at the heart of the restaurant’s menu, with fresh herbs and produce plucked daily from the on-site garden.