Bova Marina is a small coastal town located in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It is situated in the province of Reggio Calabria along the Ionian coast and is known for its natural beauty, pleasant climate, and rich history. If these aspects haven’t convinced you to choose it as your next travel destination, here are 6 reasons why you should visit Bova Marina:
The territory of Bova Marina is home to approximately 70 Neolithic sites where ceramics, stone tools, and decorated pottery have been unearthed. The most significant archaeological site is the Jewish Synagogue in the San Pasquale area, the second oldest in the Western world after the one in Ostia Antica.
Bova Marina serves as the gateway to the Hellenic or Grecanica Area, located between the Amendolea and San Pasquale rivers. Here, one of the oldest historical-linguistic minorities in the Italian peninsula thrives, creating a small Greece on Italian soil.
The area boasts stunning landscapes, breathtaking viewpoints overlooking the sea and mountains, beaches that become nesting grounds for loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta Caretta), bergamot orchards, and olive groves that offer shade to hikers, sandy and rocky seabeds for snorkeling enthusiasts. The beaches feature fine sand or a mix of pebbles and stones, clear waters, and both free and equipped sections where you can relax and enjoy the summer’s high temperatures.
Walks, horseback rides, and trekking adventures can be enjoyed in the San Pasquale valley, following a renewed path that ascends to Bova, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, and along the riverbed of the Amendolea at the foot of the Norman Castle, passing through Roghudi Vecchia.
Several family-run restaurants offer the opportunity to savour traditional cuisine, including macaroni with goat meat sauce, legume soups, frittole (a type of fritter), sausages, salami, capicollis, and both bovine and goat cheeses. The wines and liqueurs made from wild herbs and citrus fruits are excellent.
Symbolic of an ancient agro-pastoral tradition, various wooden tools used in dairy production and everyday life are produced, such as cheese molds (musulupare), walking sticks, spoons, cups, molds for sweets, and animal collars. These objects are crafted by skilled artisans and decorated with intricate and fascinating geometric elements.