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PARGHELIA

Parghelia stands between Tropea and Zambrone, along the Costa degli Dei (Coast of Gods), about 70 m high above the sea level. The climate and 8-km-long beautiful coasts have favored touristic development. Today, Parghelia is a modern touristic resort, and its many accommodation facilities are very crowded in summer. Along the coast, golden beaches alternate with small inlets, till they get to the Pizzuta cliff, where the majestic and characteristic rock of Palombaro (deep-sea diver) stands. Parghelia means seashore and, with the nearby sites of Tropea and Capo Vaticano, is a tourist destination. Paralj'a, the Greek word for beach, is the ancient name of the sea village. The main economic activity in Parghelia, has always been tuna fishing. In fact, in a plea dated 1577 and addressed to the Viceroy “the men from the casale of Parghelia” defined themselves “tonnari (tuna fishermen) who rent all the tonnare in the Reign”. Moreover, the sea also carried ideals of liberty and justice. Saracen pirates attacked and ransacked the towns of the entire coast all along the 17th century. In the Church of Santa Maria di Porto Salvo, a painting in the ceiling reproduces these events. The political and administrative feudal system that concerned Tropea and its casali ended in the 19th century. In 1806 Parghelia became an independent town. Under the French administrative rules, issued on January 19th 1807, the town became a Government seat. It was then relegated to one of the districts of Tropea. It was again an independent town on May 1st 1816.




 


Address Piazza Municipio
  89861 Parghelia (VV)
Phone number 0963 600338
Fax 0963 601941
Website www.comune.parghelia.vv.it
 

 

Parghelia stands between Tropea and Zambrone, along the Costa degli Dei (Coast of Gods), about 70 m above sea level. The climate and 8-km-long beautiful coasts have favored touristic development. Today, Parghelia is a modern touristic resort, and its many accommodation facilities are very crowded in summer. It has very ancient origins, dating to the Saracen domination of Calabrian coasts. The beautiful beaches include the Michelino Beach that can be accessed only on foot, through a stairway descending from the overhanging promontory, “u pettu”; Vardaneo Beach that can be reached only by sea or climbing the reef on foot; Vardano Beach, a small white sand beach with a bar and bathing facilities; La Grazia Beach where chaises, parasols, pedalos, canoes and water motors are available for rent.

A wonderful view on the sea and Stromboli Island is enjoyed from the characteristic ancient town. Moreover, Santa Maria di Porto Salvo, erected in 1745, is worth a visit. The Sanctuary is one of the most ancient examples of Neoclassical Architecture. The worship of Our Lady of Portosalvo has its roots in the fishermen’s traditional life. People from Parghelia entrusted their safety on the sea to the Virgin Mary, as several ex-votos displayed in the sacristy show. The picture representing Our Lady of Portosalvo has been venerated for century by local population. The Church of Sant'Andrea Apostolo is worth to be mentioned. It was erected during the reconstruction of the town after the earthquake of 1905. The church keeps the 18th-century polychrome wooden bust of Saint Andrew, the town patron saint. The festival of the saint occurs on November 30th. On the eve day, chestnuts are launched from the tower bell, to celebrate the donations that the Church bestowed in the past during famine periods. Palazzo Meligrana is a three-story building at the center of the town. Low-relief corniced windows open in the main façade. Before the entrance, a loggia with four columns supporting the above small balcony, stands. The building keeps a part of the original furniture.



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