San Nicola Arcella, Italy
San Nicola Arcella is a small coastal town in the Italian province of Cosenza.
But it is not the town that you would visit, it is for the spectacular beaches and especially the archways that lead to the sparkling clear blue waters.
The archways are Arcomagno (Great Arch) and Arco di Enea (Arch of Aeneas). The arches are the former entryways to caves where the roof has collapsed.
To find these arches you need to climb a rugged stairway leading from the north end of San Nicola Arcella beach.
The crystal clear water in the area is lovely to swim in. We visited in October, the weather was warm and the water refreshing. Surprisingly there was only one other couple sharing the arches area with us.
See if you can find the secret entrance to the ‘Blue Cave’. You can only access it by going for a swim and via a tunnel a few metres in length, but it is worth it.
Check out our full article on our visit here – Arcomagno – a little piece of Italian Paradise.