Best places to stay in Tropea
The most convenient spot for joining various excursions, tours, workshops and other local activities is Tropea. I also heard many of them starting at Cabo Vaticano, which is a bit southern than Tropea. Staying closer to the airport, northern Tropea, is very peaceful, however less developed in terms of hotels & restaurants (but you can find Airbnb), and less picturesque on my opinion. The real wild beauty with cliffs and wonderland coloured sea starts from Tropea and to the south.
We stayed in Tropea to be able to reach our scheduled activities without a car. On the other hand, I met people staying in isolated resorts or ‘agritouristic’ resorts, country houses – in that case they were renting cars, which makes sense, especially if you travel with children.
Accommodation in Tropea
There is plenty of B&Bs in Tropea, and besides that lots of Airbnb offerings on the coast around 4-5 km from the town. Whatever you choose, keep in mind your priorities for the trip while booking. The thing is that Tropea is located on the top of those magnificent rocks, so whenever you go to the beach or port you have to climb down and then up numerous stairs.
So I would classify the following accommodation types based on the location specification:
- Camping, hotels near the port or beach – take it if you plan to focus on sandy laying or sailing / diving / snorkeling activities. You’ll definitely find enough restaurants near the beaches, downstairs the centre, avoiding climbing up daily
- B&Bs, hotels in the centre – take it if besides sea trips you want to see some typical Italian architecture, broader choice of restaurants and nightlife, and a great view from the top over the azure blue coast and port. And of course, don’t mind stairs!
- Isolated holiday resorts a bit outside of Tropea – take it if you come with children and want to have playgrounds, swimming pools, self-catering , plan to rent a car – a family I met stayed and really recommended this resort
NB: why not staying on islands? As I will tell you below, from Tropea you can get to the volcanic islands around – Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Panarea, Salina. But as I understood, in most cases (especially if you don’t come in high season) unless you don’t rent a private boat tour, you can get only to Lipari, Stromboli and Vulcano, tours to the small islands – Panarea and Salina – are less popular. On the other hand, from Stromboli (active volcano) and Lipari (largest island) you can get to all those tiny isolated islands, experiencing the most out of that typical Sicilian atmosphere. If I come back I will definitely stay at Stromboli – it’s a white-housed island with some blue notes in its colour range. Reminds me the place where the God father’s Italian scenes were filmed (btw I’ll tell you how to visit that particular place – read more in (What to do in Tropea | Aeolian Islands – Sailing holidays section – Sicily – Taormina – Messina – Savoca route). Anyways, check out Stromboli’s accommodation options – it’s not more expensive than mainland at all, but definitely much more authentic!
We stayed at the centre in a very economic hotel with some advantages and disadvantages 🙂
So let me just repeat my review in TripAdvisor:
– extremely good breakfast – you can find there almost anything you want – and the view from the breakfast ‘room’ on the 4th floor is also nice, overlooking the sea
– very friendly stuff – both receptionists and waiters were friendly & helpful – even though instead of having two twin beds we had a double, the receptionist solved the issue instantly
– close to the centre & beach – especially to the centre, talking about the beach – from most of the locations you’ll have to walk up & down the stairs
– very smelly bathroom – I guess it’s smth with the pipes
– not an easy to use door lock
– terrible wi-fi – but wherever I went in Italy it was bad – especially on the floors, at the reception level it’s acceptable – so consider this if you count on using free i-net
– city tax not included in the price – some hotels do, some don’t – so keep this in mind not to be charged another fifty euro for a week for a family – 1,5 EUR/person/night
– we had a hairdryer but it didn’t fit the socket 🙂
If I go to Tropea again I will check other options, maybe more costly, but something more comfortable.
Price: for 7 nights, double room, we paid 208 EUR + 21 EUR city tax.
Holidays in Tropea are beautiful by default, and there is no hotel issue to spoil them. However, if you want to add some additional comfort, if you are planning romantic holidays and want to spend in the room a bit more time than two sisters would – check out some nice options I noticed while being a ‘local’ there:
Hotel Villa Antica Tropea – looks very nice from outside, though the reviews are contradictive
Hotel Valemare – a bit away from the centre, but still reachable by foot, however with a private entrance to the beach and beautiful terrace
Hotel Pinetta – just near the port, most of the people who were sailing with us stayed there
Or check out the country-house options – most of them are a bit away from the beach and touristic spots like Tropea – but isn’t it the beauty of it? Some 4-5 km and you won’t see any tourists around – wine yards, olive groves, lemon & orange trees, lots of greenish space, and all this in a typical Italian house which might be a 300 years old one, like the one I’ve visited 😉
I would definitely advise to look here, filtering Calabria – Vibo Valentia. It’s full of authentic accommodation starting from 20 EUR/night! I visited Torre Galli on a cooking workshop (you can read about it in What to do in Tropea | Aeolian Islands) and went & checked all the rooms and facilities 🙂 I can definitely recommend you the place and the owner – Mariella. And don’t be confused by the bad reviews from 2013-14, Mariella rented the place not so long ago. Now it’s tidy, authentic and cozy!
NB: On the other hand, you can compare Torre Galli and another residence in the same location (Drapia) – here. It’s a bit more expensive though.