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Santa Caterina dello Ionio represents a unique showcase: sea, mountains, uncontaminated landscapes, all immersed in a suggestive environment of history and culture.
Santa Caterina is a country with an economy mainly of an agricultural nature with wonderful views of centuries-old olive groves and boundless vineyards that contrast with the stupendous colors of the sea.
The territory is characterized by a variety of environments, this characteristic is due to its development at high altitude: it goes from 0 m s. lm to over 1000 m s. L.M. At sea level we find a suggestive coastal environment, with the presence of stabilized dunes. In addition, the beach is a breeding ground for the Caretta caretta turtle, a species which is highly at risk and which finds shelter here, thanks to the help of Calabresi researchers.
After the beach we immediately find ourselves in front of a hilly landscape. Characteristic landscape, undulating and surrounded by cliffs that range between 100 and 200 m s. L.M. The names of some hills (timpe) are mentioned: T. ne Lurtano (158), T. ne Petruso (102), M. Maturity (222). In the hills, clay formations emerge, mixed with layers of sand. These deposits are easily erodible, also due to a series of morphological facts, such as the slope and exposure, thus giving rise to gully phenomena. Continuing towards the mountain (still in the hilly area) the outcrops change and the morphologies also change. We pass from an undulating morphology to rectilinear slope sides characterized by steep slopes, where clastic deposits with sandy matrix emerge.
The mountain area is characterized by a change in geology, in fact we find granite outcrops degraded in a widespread manner. As far as vegetation is concerned, we are not in a condition of true naturalness, as the area was affected by reforestation in the 50-70 period. However, reforestation has benefited the entire territory from the point of view of soil conservation.
Vacation in Santa Caterina dello Ionio
The Sea of Santa Caterina offers wonderful sensations, blending unparalleled colors from emerald green to blue - light blue that breaks with the stupendously white color of the very wide beaches inhabited by seagulls used to living in perfect ecological balance. The impeccability of an uncontaminated environment both marine and country, still offer those who live them, the taste of nature and tranquility. Fresh fish and genuine products of the earth, produced and transformed in full respect of the traditions of the past, being able to taste the innumerable recipes and local specialties coming from an ancient and cultured rural civilization, is a privilege, reserved for the few. Life flows peacefully, the rhythms and frenzies of the great tourist resorts, here, have had no space, the working life itself flows, calmly, into the simple routine of every day. The people, typical of the south of Italy, are friendly, always available, with a unique welcome, invaded by the southern heat that the climate itself perhaps guarantees. The village of about 2000 inhabitants is crossed by the SS 106 Ionica and is located about 50 km from Catanzaro (Roccelletta), 150 km from Reggio Calabria, only about 15 km from Riace (Bronzes), 8 km from Monasterace (Caulonia) and about 60 km from Locri. It is interesting to make stops near the cliffs of Caminia (S. S. 106 Jonica) and enjoy a marvelous spectacle of hills that allow you to have an exceptional preview of the beautiful sea. The holidays are exceptional, far from the crowded beaches, surrounded by white beaches and a beautiful blue sea, it is the place of the great marine areas; among the coastal countries of the Ionian Sea, there are from 3 to 10-15 km of completely deserted beach with a width of 50 to 150 meters. from the shore. The coastline is varied, ranging from the beach of a white granitic sand to a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, full of coves (accessible with a boat) exclusively and freely accessible. The beaches are all free bathing and the Lidos of the coast perform Restaurant - Bar - Pizzeria - Disco, and beach service with hire of deckchairs and umbrellas. Anything that is exasperated tourism certainly does not benefit the beauty of the sea and the coasts, which, in this area, are still untouched. Your vacation in Santa Caterina dello Jonio certainly remains the best you can ask for a rest after 12 months of exhausting city life.