Named after the terrace-style layout of its hillside buildings, Scalea is a picture-perfect commune overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and backed by numerous national parks. Along with centuries-old seafront towers and iconic churches, Scalea features nearby beaches, a water park and popular island.
Things to do in Scalea
Soak up the history of Scalea and the surrounding region by visiting some of the iconic towers, including the circa-1563 Torre Talao, which was once a palace. You can also see the Torre Crawford or Torre di Giuda to soak up views of the sea and countryside. Don’t miss seeing Parrocchia S. Nicola di Platea, which houses priceless religious relics.
There are numerous dining hubs within Scalea, including the oceanfront strip that has Ristorante Vigrì, which serves delicious grilled meat and pasta dishes. You can also dine among a lively atmosphere at Bar Genova or head to La Rondinella for excellent cocktails and late-night eats.
Looking for an enjoyable day trip? Venture out to Dino, a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea where you can take a boat to a grotto and spot native animals, such as migratory birds, moray eels, groupers and amberjacks. Alternatively, head to Riserva Statale Valle del Fiume Argentino to discover babbling creeks and verdant native jungles.
Take the kids north to Aquafans, a popular water park with water slides, splash pads, large swimming pools and umbrellaed sun loungers. Afterwards, drive a little further north to the town of Praia A Mare for happy hour specials at Bar Scalzipenna or fresh seafood at Porto di Mare.
Getting around Scalea
Scalea is best reached by flying into Naples International Airport and driving about 2.5 hours to town or catching a combination of buses and trains. You can use the trains from Scalea station to explore the coast, then wander around the town on foot or hire a vehicle for more flexibility.