Also Calabria has its islands! The little island that emerges in front of the beach of Cirella, in Diamante, and the beautiful Isle of Dino. The latter which stands in its majestic beauty, in front of Praia a Mare in the province of Cosenza, or more precisely, Capo dell’Arena. A small environmental jewel that enchants us with the impressiveness of the rocks that crash into the clear, blue sea, made even more fascinating by the mystery that surrounds its history. Just on the derivation of the name there are differing stories. Some people date it back to the presence on the island, in ancient times, of a small temple dedicated to the goddess Venus. According to the best hypothesis, however, the etymon in Greek “dina”or vortex, storm: it seems that once the waters of the Gulf were feared by sailors because of frequent and violent storms that made it difficult to navigate.
Although today the island is uninhabited, it is believed that in the fifth century A.D. There lived a hermit, Sant’Isernio, then between the ninth and tenth centuries on the island was built the church and monastery of San Nicola De Signa or De Dina donated in 1065 to the monks of Santa Maria d’Acquaformosa. Few traces remain of these structures because of bad weather over the centuries, demolishing most everything. It was not spared even the stone cross erected on the island in the early 1900s. The only existing remain open to visitors is the Norman tower built on Frontone, at 73 m above sea level, from where you can enjoy a splendid view the gulf.
The island is a natural spectacle! Characterized by the Mediterranean vegetation, rich with myrtle and rare plant species such as the dwarf palm, the Talittro Calabro, Dianthus Rupicola, and the Primrose of Palinuro. The most fascinating, however, is certainly its caves that intersperse the cliffs creating spectacular scenery. Like the cave of Monaco, where the rocks seem to take on human features and the sea turns shades of color varying from emerald green to blue; the “cave of the waterfalls,” which owes its name to the constant roar of the water, characterized by the presence of stalactites, stalagmites and pink cliffs that plunge into the water. The largest is the Blue Grotto, which is reminiscent of Capri, which is distinguished by the color of water. Inside are reflections of a bright blue and full of sea bream. Majestic, but only accessible to divers, the Gargiulo cave that opens to 18 meters below the sea’s surface and extends into the depths of the island for a few dozen meters, completely submerged, except for two air pockets.
Our advice: a must see!