Discover the Maratea Coast, the Amalfi Coast’s sister

If there is an Italian region you should visit this year, it is Basilicata. Basilicata is a great holiday destination and provides an opportunity for a superb adventure, especially on the Maratea Coast.

This Italian region is the home of ancient cities (as Matera), amazing beaches, a stunning national park and beautiful archaeological parks, totally worth a visit.

The south-Italian region Basilicata has just a small section of Tyrrhenian sea access, which is probably one of the reasons why it is not particularly famous for beach vacation.

The Maratea Coast section offers many different swimming options and resembles the stunning nature of the Amalfi coast: the beaches are surrounded by beautiful and raw nature.

Many of them can only be accessed by boat, which increases your chances of having a little piece of paradise for yourself!

Discover the best beaches on the Maratea Coast, Basilicata.

Maratea beaches

Maratea is a town in Basilicata still unexplored and uncontaminated on several counts, with a spectacular coastline characterized by a very interesting diversity of beaches. It’s a good destination for a peaceful longer stay, or for a two or three-night break on a tour of the south.

The landscape in Maratea is simply unique: it varies from breathtaking sea views to wooded hillsides and majestic mountains which sweep down to the blue sea. There are over 20 white sandy beaches and pebble coves here, spread along 19 miles of stunning coastline, which is dotted with numerous sea caves, most of which can only be reached by boat.

Don’t miss:La Grotta delle Meraviglie” (or Wonders Cave) is the only sea cave accessible on foot and there are some amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations to be seen in this deep underground cavern. Another famous beach is Cala Jannita, known as the Black Beach for the dark colour of its sand. Here the sea is crystal clear and pristine.

Baia di Acquafredda beach

The beach is small and composed of sand mixed with pebbles and grey gravel, some stretches of the coast are composed entirely of rocks.

The sea is intense and crystalline blue and the seabed is perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.

The Acquafredda beach of Maratea has been awarded several times over the years by the Foundation for environmental education with the prestigious Blue Flag, the most important recognition granted to seaside resorts.

You’ll find a very solitary and timeless beach, a deep and blue sea and grottoes that will recall you the magical sea of the Greek mythology.

Nastro di Cersuta beach

Located on the northern part of Maratea coast, it is one of the most suggestive beaches as regards as its natural value and crystalline water.

The symbol par excellence of the landscape and naturalistic qualities of a unique and immaculate territory, this beach boasts peculiar rocks, grottoes and inlets as well as the most marvellous world’s heaven’s corners.

Il Mirto beach

If you are looking for something extremely relaxing and secluded, “Il Mirto” resort it’s what suits you. Imagine an estate with threes, tiny pathways, pebbles and chic tanning beds overlooking a fantastic cove that opens into a fabulous sea.

The perfect solution if you want to bathe in a clear sea. Stone steps will lead you to an amazing beach with a one of a kind sea full of coloured fishes and marine vegetation. Take a swim in open water and you will reach a suggestive wide grotto that will make you feel like in a Ulysses’s adventure.

Maratea Hotels – Where to Stay

Best luxury hotel: La locanda delle Donne Monache 4*, Maratea

A Relaxing Charming Stay for Couples

Once upon a time there was a convent…On the Basilicata coast in Maratea lies a carefully restored eighteenth-century convent ‘La Locanda delle Donne Monache’ Hotel, an immaculate building keeping intact the style and materials of the historic structure.
Originally occupied by the Visitandine nuns, set in the heart of Maratea’s ancient centre and framed by the roofs of the old medieval village, ‘La Locanda delle Donne Monache’ Hotel is the ideal accommodation in Maratea for guests to explore the character and local treasures of the Lucania region. La Locanda Delle Donne Monache offers an outdoor pool with hydromassage and charming accommodation surrounded by history and culture. In the summer, the property provides free beach loungers and parasols at Il Mirto’s beach, set 15-minute drive away.

Best mid-range hotel: Illicini 3*, Maratea

Perfect for a family camping holiday

Illicini is a fascinating resort on the Maratea coast, a terrace over the sea where you can enjoy the view on the Policastro Gulf. The Lido and the Foresteria form the Illicini Resort which spans for over two hectares in a magnificent park with several spots where you can access pristine blue waters. The 11 rooms are located in small bungalows a few meters from the shore. The breakfast will be served in the lovely living room with large bay windows that overlook the sea. Dogs are very welcome.

Best budget hotel: Hotel Martino 3*, Maratea

Amazing view and great restaurant

Hotel Martino offers stunning views over the Policastro Gulf, a heated indoor pool, and free lobby Wi-Fi. The seaside and the private beach are a 10 minute’s walk away. A shuttle service to the fully-equipped pebbly beach is provided. Enjoy excellent cuisine at La Locanda di Nettuno, the hotel’s restaurant. Parking is free.

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