Le castella: 80 km away from Cariati
Le Castella is a village near Isola Capo Rizzuto, in the province of Crotone. It lies on the Ionian coast of Calabria rounded by the green on a magnificent natural terrace. The ancient "Castello Aragonese" dominates the bay and it is surrounded by the sea.
The coast is joint to the castle by a narrow strip of land. The castle is among film fans known, because of two world's great films: "L'Armata Brancaleone" and "Il Vangelo second Matteo." Le Castella is also known for the Natural Marine Reserve of Capo Rizzuto. On the sea floor are sand, rocks and reefs, a paradise for snorkeling. The natural reserve offers a guided tour service on a glass-bottomed boat so that you can observe the vast meadows of Posidonia oceanica, inhabited by friendly and colorful fishes. The trip takes about 1 hour and for those who like to, is also a dive break in the pristine waters of the sea. The short but exciting journey into the underwater world is available even at night. The origins of Le Castella is lost in time like the mystery of the presence of two or three small islands (documented by '500) in the countryside, not far from the mainland. On one of the small islands (Ogigia), lived Calipso that have held there, Odysseus, the hero of the seas, for a long time.
The name “Le Castella" is used in the plural instead of singular, because of the existence of many other castles in the surrounding area of the coast, have dropped many years ago and are in the ocean depths. The history of the place, the castle is connected, a building, which is the focus of all events of this wonderful piece of Calabria. The castles sank many years ago and are now lying on the seabed. Its history of the village is connected to the castle, a building that is the focus of all events of this wonderful piece of the region, ideal for a vacation in Calabria.
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