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NEW for 2018 - Beachclub holidays to Italy

Think of Italy and your mind immediately conjures up vivid images of stunning coastlines with sparkling seas, rustic terracotta villages, chic cities, delicious food, fine wines, architectural wonders, famous artists, fast cars and passionate, friendly people.


From the top to the toe of the famous boot, Italy has more than 7600 kilometres of coastline. Travel to the far south and you'll discover the little-known region of Calabria. It has a dramatic coastline surrounded by two seas - the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian, deserted beaches, mountain ranges and three national parks. And it's here that we've based our Airone Beachclub


The coastline and hillsides of Calabria lend themselves to a wide range of activities, so it's a great destination for us to open the latest addition to our range of beachclubs across the Med. Come and join us for dinghy sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking in the beautiful Ionian Sea, or mountain biking and road cycling through rural hillsides and grab yourself a little bit of La Dolce Vita.

At a glance
  • Currency is the Euro
  • Unspoilt coastlines with golden, sandy beaches
  • Ride through rolling, rural hillsides
  • Explore mountain villages
  • Experience rich culture, art and architecture
  • Relax and enjoy the beach life
  • Fabulous food...pizza, pasta, risotto and so much more
  • Wonderful wines
  • Passionate, friendly people

When to visit Italy

As you would expect summer in Italy is lovely and warm, with temperatures in the peak summer months of July and August regularly topping out in the mid to high 30’s. You’ll want to be close to the water when these temperatures top out, so head to the beach and take to the water on a kayak, dinghy or windsurf.
 
May and June tend to offer a more manageable climate, although the sea may still be a little fresh. September days are lovely and the sea is still warm enough to swim in.

For ideal wind conditions, we generally advise to head out onto the water at around midday. If you're just starting out in the water, the breeze is at its most gentle in the morning, easing you into your activity before the conditions pick up at lunchtime.

Family activity holidays to Italy

Family activity holidays to Italy

Family is a big thing in Italy. Alongside hearty, homely food, Italian culture is all about family. That’s why Italy makes such a brilliant base for family activity holidays. Our Airone Beachclub enjoys a shallow, sandy beach, while the hotel itself has a kids’ splash pool. 

When it comes to choosing activities for the kids to get involved in, Airone has plenty. We have clubs based on age groups, which will have the kids jumping into all sorts of outdoor activities. 

 

Calabria is particularly good for paddle water sports, such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, so don’t be surprised if you find your children paddling off from the beach most mornings. The club also has four tennis courts that the kids will be able to enjoy. 

Couples' activity holidays to Italy

Couples' activity holidays to Italy

The land of romance, hey? Well, if you like a little more action on your holiday, we think we’ve found the perfect blend of recreation and high octane. Airone offers a great selection of activities for couples to try, whether you do them together or individually. 


Sailing as a couple is enormous fun, and you can’t go wrong with a bike ride for two. And of course, you might find yourselves doing activities individually in the daytime, before catching up on all you learned over dinner and a glass of wine. 


For days where you simply want to kick back, our beach is long and sandy, and we have three treatment rooms to test out. The surrounding region of Calabria makes for great exploring on foot. 

Italian Culture. The Colosseum, Rome

Culture

Where to start? The Italians have quite a cultural legacy, from the Roman Empire to famous artists of the Renaissance era. From the north to the south the culture is very different and down south in the region of Calabria - where you’ll find Airone Beachclub - the locals like to take it slow.

We think there's an authentic feel that's often lost in well-known regions and glitzy cities. Calabria has a wild mountainous interior, three national parks, and many museums, castles and churches where you can learn about the region’s history. The Pollino National Park is the largest in Italy, and is well worth exploring.

Italian food

Eating like a local

Italy has a reputation for world class cuisine, that is so much more than pizza and pasta. Every region of Italy has its own take on the Italian staples. In the north polenta, risotto, pork and cheeses are common ingredients. In the south tomatoes are king, as are peppers, olives, olive oil and garlic. Spaghetti and pasta, the foods most people associate with Italy, originate from central regions in the country.


Italians take their food very seriously and love to gather family and friends together to enjoy long, sociable lunches. Most meals start with ‘antipasti’, bite-sized pieces to share, usually cured meats, cheese, and olives. This is followed by ‘primo’, the first course, which is usually pasta or risotto, then ‘secondi’, the main course - meat or fish served with vegetables. Dolce or sweets are then served, usually with coffee.


On the subject of coffee, one thing you will probably never see in Italy is someone drinking a cappuccino with a meal, the locals drink it most of the time for breakfast. After the one milky coffee, locals generally stick to espresso for the rest of the day

Travel in Italy

Travel info

Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1
Flight time from UK: approx. 3 hours
Visa info: Visa is not required for UK passport holders
Additional info: Before you travel visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice for your holiday to Italy

Airone Beachclub

Airone Beachclub

Sibari , Italy

From £499pp