Skyscanner, one of the best-known international web-sites for flight-planning, has ranked a Calabrian beach first in the 2015 list of the most beautiful beaches of Italy. We are talking about Grotticelle di Capo Vaticano (in Ricadi, province of Vibo Valentia), that has taken the position previously occupied by Cala Rossa di Favignana, the 2014 winner. Here is the description published on the web-site: “Lying in one of the quaintest segments of the Costa degli Dei – the Coast of the Gods – and facing the Tyrrhenian sea, it almost looks as if Capo Vaticano were engaged in a challenge against the Stromboli, the volcano whose elegant shape can be admired from the shore: Skyscanner has chosen this beach as this year’s top destination. With its three little beaches made of fine sand, and a bed of little rocks and stones paving the way to a crystal blue sea, Capo Vaticano is the perfect location for your Calabrian vacation. The sun reflected by the sea, a rocky coast, the green tinge of the Mediterranean scrub and the distinctive tastes of local cuisine – from the ‘Nduja of Spilinga to the red onion of Tropea – have earned this location the first place on our list. A true hymn to Calabria and its infinite beauties!”
It is an important acknowledgement for one of the most captivating locations in the whole of Calabria. The promontory of Capo Vaticano, with its 124 meters of height, is the ideal place to open one’s eyes wide on wide segments of the Tyrrhenian coast, catching sight of the Aeolian Islands and the Strait of Messina. In this scenery, the bay of Grotticelle is certainly a further treat for the eye, with its pristine waters and many shades of blue, its fine light sand and the low promontories enclosing it as if to offer protection. The name Capo Vaticano comes from a natural cave which in the past was used by shepherds as a shelter for their flocks. Its fine delicate sands, a warm quiet sea, the many rocks it is strewn with, the shoals that can be reached by swimming or even walking make it an inviting destination for tourists in search of sun, sea and quiet. However, it is not uniquely a place for bathing. Many people choose it for their dragnet and offshore fishing activities, that are made possible by the sandy shallows close by the shore and the fact that its waters are not subject to the currents coming from the Strait of Messina.
Finally, as Skyscanner reminds us, there are the red onion of Tropea and the ‘Nduja of Spilinga, a fact that is in no way of secondary importance.