Tropea is located on a huge oval-shaped cliff once leaning towards the sea without the meditation of the beaches like a small peninsula surrounded by two other big cliffs, that, siding and enveloping it, created an overall landscape effect of outstanding attractiveness. They were rising forward breaking the waves and favouring a longed and safe harbour when man had not yet built one. It was, for a time, Tropea´s harbour. Although, in recent times, the sand, brought by the sea and the surrounding water-ways, as formed, around the town, a beach that separated the arbour from the sea-waters causing a total blockage to the northern side where once the sea had dominated and where it had been possible to land and doc since prehistoric times. Therefore, in recent times, the marina has been built.