Lamezia Terme Airport Mini Guide
Tell me What There is to see and do in Lamezia Terme?
Lamezia Terme is found in a beautiful part of Italy, Calabria, on the ‘toe’ of the peninsula. Being remote and lacking organised industry, the whole area is undeveloped and unspoilt. The beauty of the region with its turquoise seas and stunning coastal scenery has led to it being described as the ‘Caribbean of Europe’. You should definitely visit the area around Praja a Mare and perhaps hire a boat to get to the Blue Grotto off Dino Island. The region is also famous for its food, spicier than one would expect from Italy, with the use of cayenne and chilli pepper in much of the cooking. They even flavour the olive oil for salad dressings with chilli!
How do I get to Lamezia and Calabria?
Rather conveniently there’s an airport just outside Lamezia with flights from all over Europe although most of them are seasonal. Ryanair and Monarch both fly there from the UK
. The airport is less than half an hour from the town and ideal for holidays in other parts of Calabria.
What’s the Airport Like?
It’s big and modern, although the exterior looks a little seventies minimalist. Passenger numbers are increasing rapidly here causing the owners to embark on a continual programme of expansion and upgrades. You may find that certain areas of the airport are inaccessible or look messy but functionality isn’t affected.
What can I Expect at the Airport When I Arrive?
It’s quite easy to find your way around the airport and you’ll disembark from the aircraft on the first floor. The arrivals hall is large but rectangular so all that you need will be easy to find. If you do need help then the information desk is in the middle of the hall. As well as offering general guidance, the desk can also help with tourism enquiries. One of the main questions they are asked is where the car hire companies are found. The answer is that there’s a separate building outside the main terminal where all the main companies are represented. If you are using public transport to get to your destination, you’ll need to head down to the ground floor and wait outside the terminal at the bus stop or taxi rank. The journey into Lamezia is very quick and the fares for the journey amount to only a few euros. If you need money at the airport, there’s a Bank Caripe office and several ATMs near the doors of the terminal building.
What is There to do Whilst Awaiting my Departure?
After checking in you have a wonderful and varied shopping and dining experience ahead of you. There are a wide range of shops selling designer clothes and accessories, jewellery, sunglasses, books, wine and regional products etc. There’s also a large duty free shop, well stocked with alcohol, tobacco and perfumery. If you’re hungry there’s a choice of five places to eat or drink and the food ranges from snacks, pizzas and ice creams to a self-service restaurant with delicious food which you eat in very attractive surroundings. After your meal you can use the airport’s Wi-Fi for a small fee, check emails and access the internet.