Calabria and Gioia Tauro Harbour bring to mind the sea and wonderful beaches. The clear waters and a seabed rich in corals and World War II shipwrecks offer limitless opportunities for scuba diving, windsurfing, and kite surfing. Visitors to Gioia Tauro Harbour will enjoy opportunities to enjoy not only the sea and the beaches but also nearby national parks and a mountainous geography offering artificial slopes with year-round skiing.
Gioia Tauro Harbour has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers with temperatures above 22°C (72°F) in July and August and mild wet winters with lows of 3°C (37°F) in January.
Less than 20 kilometers (11 miles) southeast of Gioia Tauro Harbour is Aspromonte National Park covering a large area of southern Calabria and containing mountain peaks of almost two thousand meters (6.5 thousand feet). With several rivers within its borders, Aspromonte supports wolves, peregrine falcons, eagle owls, and goshawks. Rare species of Bonelli's Eagle and the tropical fern Woodwardia radicans are found here. Forests of beech, black pine, silver fir, chestnut, Holm Oaks, and Mediterranean maqius trees dominate the park. Aspromonte National Park is rich with archaeological, historic, and artistic values. Visitors will find evidence of archaic, classical, Greek, medieval, and modern cultures within the park boundaries.