Around the town
The laid-back town of Parghelia has a handful of trattorias and cafes with a few shops dotted here and there. The impressive Santuario della Madonna di Portosalvo is an impressive church to visit, with it’s domed tower and Gothic-style altar.
Visit neighbouring Tropea
Hiring a car is the best way to get the most of your Italian adventure and from Parghelia you can easily visit the neighbouring towns. Tropea is a 15-minute drive away and worth including in your schedule. Aside from a charming old town and more fabulous beaches, history buffs may wish to visit the beautiful clifftop Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell ‘Isola. Built originally in the 6th century and renovated after an earthquake in 1905, it’s one of the region’s most famous landmarks.
Parco di Villa Vittoria
Exploring beyond Parghelia will reveal a host of attractions and the Parco di Villa Vittoria, which is under a two-hour drive, is well worth a look. This delightful botanical garden is a great place to spend a leisurely few hours. The manicured lawns, array of plants and flowers and numerous water features make this a delightful place. You may also spot some wildlife, including deer and peacocks.
Watch the sunset
During the evenings Parghelia offers a relaxed ambience for evening dining and drinking. There are a couple of low-key bars with outside terraces where you can sip a glass of local wine and watch the sunset. If you want to try a traditional Calabrese drink ask for a glass of Vecchio Amaro del Capo, a bittersweet herb-based liqueur.