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Very Good 4/5 3 reviews

Scalea beach

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

The apartment is located on Petrosa Hill overlooking the oldtown of Scalea with stunning views over the mountains of the Pollino National Park. There is plenty of parking and the holiday complex is safe for children and has a playground and other amenities. The apartment is bright and airy with french doors leading out onto 2 balconies overlooking private gardens. There are fans in all the rooms. Scaleas long sandy beach is 1km away. If you are looking for the real Italy with friendly locals, cheap but delicious food and wine, Scalea will not disappoint you.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Scalea 1 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Lamezia 120 km, Nearest railway: Scalea 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking
Further details indoors

My apartment is clean, bright and fresh. It features 2 bedrooms with 1 king size, 1 set of bunk beds and 1 double sofa bed. The main bedroom has a large wardrobe with drawers and has french doors leading onto the balcony with views of the mountains. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas cooker,pots pans etc. The bathroom has shower, washing machine and drying facilities. The lounge has a sofa bed, coffee table ,tv and a second fridge. There are fans throughout the apartment in every room. There are fenchdoors leading out to another balcony off the lounge with table and chairs where one can have meals with more mountain views. The apartment has awnings on both balconies, high ceilings, white tiles throughout and is fully equipped with all the neccesary facilities for enjoying a holiday.

Further details outdoors

The complex is very quiet and away from the noisy downtown. There is a tennis court , football pitch.There was a pool in the complex but it has been closed for renovations for the unforeseeable future.

There is a water park with 3 pools and 4 big slides 10 min walk away that costs €10 p/p which includes sunbeds.Here you can stay all day, and there is also a bar, another supermarket and pizza restaurant at the pool. There is a Supermarket, restaurant, outdoor dancing area, small football pitch and playground 100mts from the apartment. Outside the apartment are great views over Scalea , the old town and the beach. Its a 15min walk to beach but takes 20min up as the complex is located on a hill. There are lots of green areas around the complex and there is plenty of parking and speed ramps, so safe for kids to play outside.

Further details

From June to September there is a bus which takes you up and down to the beach. There is a snack bar , supermarket and pizzaria also open during this period. There is another supermarket open all year round a 2 min drive away on the same leval as apartment.

Southern Italy region

Holidaying in Calabria is more than a relaxing holiday. The people are friendly ,helpful, the food is delicious, the wine is cheap, the scenery breathtaking, the atmosphere easygoing. This is the real Italy. Calabria might have missed out on the renaissance period but it has well made up for that in its richness of culture and natural beauty.


Scalea is a picturesque town situated in Calabria in southern Italy, on the sunny Tyrrhenian coast. Surrounded by sea and mountains.

The old town is placed on the heights and preserves the remains of an ancient wall, while towards the beach, the Scalea Marina centre has recently been developed, with modern, comfortable hotels splendid villas and numerous, fully-equipped bathing areas on the beach. These enchanting beaches look out onto a sea of incomparable beauty.

The name of Scalea is also synonymous of culture, history and folklore. During the Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese and Spanish era, Scalea became an important fief and a centre of study, which was gradually enriched with monuments and works of art, most of which can still be admired today. Well north a visit are the Norman Castle, the Palazzo Palamolla, of Renaissance inspiration and the Torre Cimalonga, Aragonese style building, now the seat of the "Antiquarium".

Scalea is on the Cedar Riviera , which is in the Cosenza Provence in the Calabria region of Italy Scalea up until now , has been untouched by foreign visitors. Italians have been having great holidays here for decades , but has remained unknown to the rest of the world.. Yet this town has everything going for it. The people here are very helpful and down to earth, the population in Scalea grows fivefold in the summer months as the Italian holiday season begins, so between July and the start of September it is very busy here , with parties, disco's, markets, local festivals etc.. Outside of these months the town still stays relatively busy and most of the shops and restaurants stay open, which allows for some relaxing holidays as well.

The climate here is amongst the best in the Mediterranean with long hot summers and very short mild winters. which means that for 9 months of the year Scalea stays well over 20 degrees C.

Scalea is well serviced by many restaurants, supermarkets, clothes shops and has entertainment during its summer feria from July to September.

Things to do

A few suggestions of things to do in and around Scalea',

Scuba Diving at DinoSub - Praia a mare ,The Isle of Dino -a marine sanctuary. Bay of Polycastro.

The dive centre is on the beach at Praia a mare (2 miles from Scalea) between the 15th of June and the 15 of September. However they also operate from their office between the 15th of may and the 30th of September. The office is inside the holiday village "LA MANTINERA" at Praia a mare.

Snorkelling - lots of interesting sites in Scalea and up the coast.

Skiing in the Sila Mountains - About 1 and a half hours drive from Scalea are Calabria's main Ski resorts. These are in the Sila Grande which is near Cosenza (travel south on the SS18 from Scalea and follow signs for Cosenza. Then take the road into the mountains. The 3 resorts are:Camigliatello Silano 1400m , Lorica 1350-1920m , Ciricilla 1400-1500m.

Other outdoor activities

Canoeing and Water Rafting are very popular activities on the famous white waters of Fiume lao.

Canoeing and Rafting Corner office located on Via Lauro and Via Sauro, 0985.21476 / 0985.91033.

Pollino National Park

Pollino national Park nature mountains lakes etc... located 25min drive from Scalea- Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Bird Watching etc

For more information on the park take a look at the web site

Paragliding In Praia a Mare (a few miles away)

Have a look at the website at

Aquapark In praia a Mare on the beach near Isola Dino. . Aquafan is the biggest water park. in Italy.

Isola Dino you can take a boat trip out to the caves and grotto.

Horse Riding centre is located 2 miles south of Scalea on the Strada for Verbicaro and Marcelluna. La Bruca Riding Centre. Information at the Hotel Talao. Also horse trekking in San Dominica Taloa.

Places of Interest nearby (Km distance from apartment)

Orsomarso National park entrance , waterfall and hiking, 15km

San Nicola Arcella- Caves, picturesque seaside village,4km

Maratea – marina and nice port ,old world charm, lovely secluded beachs,Knownas "Jewel of Basilicata",20km

Praia a mare- Aqua park , Isola Dino,shopping, treelined promenade ,long sandy beach, fishing,10km.

Diamante- promenade ,beach and pretty old town famous for chillis and wall murals,20km

Cirella- very quiet beach while other beachs are busy,15km

San Domenica Taloa- hill town, fab views over coast,7km

Rivello ,Aieta, Tortora -hill towns with windy cobblestone roads and a giant step into the past, 30km,20km,18km

La Sila Mountains- National park ,Lakes,Pine trees, Mountains and all the breath taking scenery that goes with those,2hr drive

Papasidero-hilltown ,cave paintings from bronze age, white water rafting, canoeing, 35km

Cosenza, local city 1hr 15min drive, pretty old town

Sicily is a 3hr drive south with a short 25min ferry crossing.

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7 Oct 2013


"Gorgeous Apartment in Quiet Location"

We really loved our holiday in this apartment. Coming in September ensured a quiet relaxing holiday. The apartment was so clean it sparkled and had everything we could have needed. The park is away fr… More

22 Oct 2012


"Apartment very well equipped, nicely furnished and comfortable but not a good location."

Plan to arrive in day light not easy to find. Steps from the car parking area to the 2nd floor apartment difficult for the elderly and people with disabilities.
Situated on a large estate, some of the apartments looking shabby and there is a lack of maintenance in the area.
A car is essential for the town and beach.

We enjoyed the comforts and facilities in the apartment.

23 Jul 2012


"Quiet, lovely views from balconies."

My family and I loved our stay in Scalea, The apartment was well located in a lovely quiet complex with great views. It was clean and had all the amenities.… More

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