Basilicata Holidays : Dive into crystal-clear blue waters

Explore Basilicata holidays and discover the best beaches and places to visit. Thirtyfive kilometres of golden, fine sandy beaches and wonderful, vast stretches of sand: this is the Ionian Coast, a place steeped in history, mythological heroes and gods, philosophers and warriors of the ancient civilization of “Magna Grecia”.

Home to sea turtles, the coastline provides the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. The first stretch of coast is that of Metaponto, the cradle of the ancient Greek culture, offering plenty of very well-equipped private beaches.

Southward there are the beautiful beaches of Marina di Pisticci, hosting one of the marinas of the Ionian Coast, Porto degli Argonauti, the ideal location to enjoy exciting boat excursions and uncover Basilicata’s hidden natural treasures.

You shouldn’t miss the harbour of Marina di Policoro, which belongs to Marinagri resort, a modern and eco-friendly, all-beachfront resort of great charm and beauty. Closing the Basilicata stretch of the Ionian Coast, are the beaches of Marina di Rotondella and Marina di Nova Siri, which is named after the ancient land of Siritide.

But let’s discover the best beaches for your Basilicata Holidays

Lido Metaponto Beach

Renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches of the Ionian Sea in Basilicata, Lido Metaponto Beach is a family-friend and organized beach. With shallow waters and watersports activities, this picturesque beach is ideal for swimming for both adults and children.

Although the centre spot on the beach is usually crowded during the high season, you can still enjoy some lonely moments if you move towards its side. Lido Metaponto Beach attractions include nearby hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Nova Siri beach

Nova Siri Marina beach is the last of the Basilicata coast on the border with Calabria. The ancient village of Nova Siri stands on the San Nicola stream near Matera. Nova Siri Marina beach stretches along the Ionian coast.

Its beach is characterized by wide sandy beaches, mostly bathed by a crystalline sea that allows long walks in the water thanks to the seabed that gently swings towards the open sea. The waterfront is embellished with a green and relaxing pine forest and eucalyptus plants.

Policoro beaches

Are you looking for where to spend the day with your family? Policoro is a great choice. Policoro is a picturesque beach resort set in a beautiful location: Policoro is the heart of tourism in the area and is a perfect seaside town for your Basilicata holidays due to its fantastic beaches with shallow waters and clean sands as well as many nearby attractions.

The waters around Policoro are so clean that the sea is rich in marine life and dolphins and sea turtles are common in the bay.
The area is dedicated to the protection of sea turtles and other wildlife and is a perfect place for families to visit whilst in Policoro.

The beach of Lido di Policoro is almost entirely free with the possibility of using showers and bathrooms made available to its visitors. The sea has a colour that goes from turquoise to deep blue and the waters are among the cleanest in our country.

Pay attention to the seabed because they quickly descend and we recommend the use of beach shoes, especially for children, if they are not used to walking on the shingle of gravel.

Our tip: Visit Policoro Center and his Archaeological Park of Herakleia where the ruins of the ancient Greek cities of Siris and Heraclea are preserved between the mouth of the Agri river and that of the Sinni river.

Best time to visit Basilicata

Basilicata has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. If you enjoy hot perfect sunny days the best time to visit Basilicata is between June and September. The hottest month of the year is July with an average daily maximum of 35 C and an average low of 24 C.

Ionian Coast Hotels – Where to Stay in Basilicata

Best luxury hotel: Hotel Marinagri 5*, Policoro

World-class luxury and excellent service

Surrounded by nature and offering indoor and outdoor pools, Marinagri Luxury Resort is a 5-star hotel in Policoro. It features a complete wellness centre and a private beach 600 m away. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s wellness centre, which includes spa facilities and a Turkish bath. Sport lovers will have tennis courts and water sport facilities available on site. Beach towels and parking are free. The city of Matera and its famous Sassi can be reached by car in around one hour.

Rooms from € 170/night

Best mid-range hotel: Agrumare Farm Holiday,Marina di Pisticci

Farm Stay surrounded by olive trees

Offering a spa centre and sauna, Agrumare Farm Holiday is located in Marina di Pisticci. You can engage in various activities, such as horse riding and windsurfing. Every room at this farm stay is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Free private parking is available on site.
Matera is 38 km from Agrumare Farm Holiday, while Taranto is 47 km away.

Rooms from € 120/night

Best budget hotel: Alessidano Club Metaponto 3*, Metaponto

Perfect for a family holiday

With a large amphitheatre, swimming pool and sports facilities, Alessidamo Club offers self-catering apartments in Metaponto. It provides a free shuttle to its private beach 1.5 km away. Apartments at Alessidamo Club Metaponto have private entrance and free parking space. They all feature a comfortable lounge with kitchenette and a balcony.Guests will find a tennis court and bowling green on site, plus a bar, terrace and children’s playground. Entertainment is also provided.

Rooms from € 75/night

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