We needed a relaxing beach holiday away from the regular tourist spots, and so decided on a lesser known location of Zambrone in Calabria – a beach vacation hotspot for the Italians!
After a lot of research and discussions, we decided on the all-inclusive 4* BV Borgo del Principe. It is a beautifully landscaped, and tranquil hotel with a superb location looking out over Zambrone marina and bay. It is not far from Tropea (just a short journey by train), and Santa Maria dell’Isola (11km). And for those looking for funparks, you have Aquapark di Zambrone only 1.3km away. When we arrived, they had kept a bottle of local rose wine in each of our rooms. What a lovely welcome!
During our stay we enjoyed delightful local Borgo di Valdo – Terre di Cosenza (De Caro) red, white and rose wines; as well as local culinary delights, like Nduja, and local liqueurs, such as limoncello and amaro, to enjoy watching the beautiful sunsets.
Amaro is locally produced from a blend of Calabrian herbs, flowers, fruits and roots. It is an acquired taste; though sadly not one of ours!
Nduja is a locally produce spicy pork sausage (pork, roasted peppers and a mixture of spices). It is perfect spread on bread and eaten with olives; or as we have found since returning home, great on roasts!
These went perfectly with the gorgeous array of foods, cold and hot daily changing dishes, fantastic fresh seafood, such as swordfish, themed nights, and fabulous Italian coffees (available anytime of day), whilst dining on the restaurant terrace looking out across the crystal clear sea (amazing to swim in also).
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We played table tennis and football (they have a friendly activities team), plus went for lovely beach walks early morning and in the evenings.
Tropea is just a short train ride from Zambrone railway station. Just hop on the train (€1.30 each way per person), and you can take in the breathtaking coastal scenery before exploring the UNESCO heritage site that is Tropea.
Plus do not forget to pick up your supplies of Nduja before you leave – otherwise your stomach will not forgive you when you return home and it is craving this wonderful, spicy treat. 🙂
What a find of a hotel, with fantastic service, food and location, and highly recommended for an escape from busy city life!
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BV Borgo del Principe
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