When ships were the most important means of transport, the Mediterranean was a politically strategic sea where trade flourished. For a long time, Calabria, the tip of Italy’s boot in the geographical centre of the Mediterranean, was the main port of call for traffic heading from north to south and east to west. With trade, wars and political upheavals, the population and culture were constantly changing, the traces of which are still visible today.
Calabria is rich in cultural treasures such as Greek remains, Roman temples, neo-Romanesque cathedrals. There are also numerous museums showcasing artifacts that are important both locally and internationally. The region’s small, dreamy villages take you back to times long past.
The diverse cultural highlights are set amongst magnificent nature and backdropped by breathtaking scenery. Rugged mountains and rolling hills alternate, while the sea glistens beneath. You breathe in the salty sea breeze and scent of the Mediterranean as you ride.
There are many national parks in Calabria that have been created to protect the flora and fauna. In this Collection, we present four bike Tours that lead you to extraordinary cultural highlights in four of these national parks. You cycle through fantastic landscapes, visit countless museums, ride through historical villages and cities, and explore remains of the different cultures that have lived in Calabria. Of course, there’s enough time for a caffè or two en route as well.
This 40-kilometer tour is a real feast for the eyes in every respect. Your calves have to work out the reward, because with almost 1,000 meters of altitude you will sweat a lot. But because of the breathtaking landscape you will enjoy every step.
You start in Taverna, a small, tranquil place. The square…
This 41-kilometer tour takes you from the southern tip of the Pollino National Park to the reservoir near Tarsia. You usually roll slightly downhill, but you also have the opportunity to pedal in between. All in all, it is an easy to moderately difficult tour on asphalt.
You start in the tiny town of…
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On this 42-kilometer tour you drive through different landscapes, mostly with gigantic views of the surrounding hills. But the tour also has a lot to offer culturally.
You start in San Nicola da Crissa, the "balcony of Calabria". The name is self-explanatory when you stand in the village square and look…
There is a lot going on on this tour, in the truest sense of the word! From the starting point of the route you are separated from your destination at the sea by over 1,300 meters. And in addition to fantastic views, you will experience concentrated culture, especially at the end of the tour.
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