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In 1968 the young brothers Gianni and Roberto Oliva came to the Marchesi di Francia estate in Santa Caterina dello Ionio, Calabria on board their red Alfa Romeo Spider. Attracted by the natural surroundings, among the peach and orange orchards of the Di Francia estate they discovered a strip of land on the coast of what was once Magna Grecia.
This oasis of rare beauty shouldn’t be just a summer home for a lucky elite, they thought; Italy and the rest of the world should be able to visit the area and experience the immensity of this beautiful uncontaminated natural setting on the Ionian Sea, home to the magnificent treasure of the Riace Bronzes, near the site where the Allies landed in 1943 at Punta Stilo.
Calalandrusa was established in 1975 with the creation of the first international campsite, followed in 1982-1992 by construction of the first bungalows for rental. Everything became more difficult when Gianni died in 1998, but the original 64 bungalows were renovated and modernised, the deluxe rooms were completed in 2009 and construction of the Dune area began in 2010, with Prestige rooms right on the waterfront. The two brothers’ vision lives on, as Roberto works in Verona and Calabria, and Gianni watches over him from above...
A lovely resort surrounded by five hectares of vegetation, with big Mediterranean gardens directly overlooking the sea and a vast natural sandy beach, with wild unexplored stretches.
In the shade of palms, oleanders and eucalyptus trees, it blooms with luxuriant bougainvillea, offering guests an accurate picture of what Magna Grecia was like.
An interminable sandy beach with a pebbly shoreline provides the natural scenario for long walks to the beach where the Riace Bronzes were found (only 4 km from the site).
A beach umbrella and two sunbeds are provided (with an additional sunbed available for an extra charge) in a comfortable reserved area for guests staying in Prestige Dune rooms.
La Duna is Calalandrusa’s spectacular restaurant with a panoramic view over the entire Squillace Gulf, serving buffet lunches and dinners; a buffet breakfast is served on the panoramic terrace of the "Cafe' del Mar".
And for guests who sleep late, coffee and croissants are served by the Pool Bar.
In the evening the Cafe' Del Mar becomes an exclusive American Bar. Drinks are served during the day at the Beach Bar and Kiosk.
Our youngest guests will enjoy dining at the Kids Restaurant for ages 3 to 12, under the supervision of our attentive staff.
Calalandrusa Beach is an important Site of Community Importance (SCI).
The Guardavalle dune extend over 18 hectares forming Nature Reserve IT9330108, acknowledged by Ministerial Decree on 03/04/2000 and by European Union Directive 92/43/ EEC.
The presence of rare di AMMOPHILA ARENARIA – MALCOLMIETALIA - BRACHYPODIETALIA- OLEA - CERATONIA make the landscape of the dunes truly unique.
A great variety of excursions is available: Badolato, Gerace, Squillace, Isole Eolie, La Sila, Le Castella, Pizzo, Reggio Calabria, Serra S. Bruno, Soverato, Stilo, Taormina, Tropea. Real examples of how a holiday can incorporate aspects of the history of Magna Grecia, the art of the Riace Bronzes, the engineering feats of the Borbons, the spirituality of the Cistercians, and the legend of Italo.