Maratea – the Italian diamond on the Tyrrhenian Sea coast

Maratea is beautiful Italian town located away from the noisy and bustling industrial cities of northern Italy. It is a part of a narrow strip along the Gulf of Policastro.

The whole area can really amaze you with its beauty. This lovely town is built between blue and incredibly clear waters and mountains covered with thick green forest. It is proudly called the pearl of the Tyrrhenian coast.

Panorama of Maratea, Basilicata, Italy
Panorama of Maratea, Basilicata by buonalaprima

Maratea and the surrounding area are a nature reserve and under the protection of the state and UNESCO. Maratea charms its visitors at first glance with its scenic beauty, crystal clear sea, endless sandy beaches and small caves, beautiful mountain slopes and cliffs, clean air and mild climate.

It is a place where summer never ends and you will feel this even after several days spent in this fantastic summer destination.

Maratea, Italy
Maratea, Italy by mozzercork

However, not only the nature makes this Italian town famous around the globe. The whole region has great history and culture and you can see many ancient monuments that will help you to realize the vast achievements of the people who lived here.

The town has many Greek temples and Roman baths, Norman castles and medieval abbeys. The narrow and winding streets of the medieval town will give you a chance to walk throughout the history as never before.

Center of Maratea, Basilicata, Italy
Center of Maratea, Basilicata by Alexander van Loon

The combination between ancient monuments, buildings and incredible nature makes Maratea unique place that is really suitable for tourism and recreation.

The cozy hotels offer first class accommodation and comfort to all guests of the town and the excellent cuisine, Aqua Park, riding school and opportunities for paragliding, scuba diving, hiking, picnics among the nature are the best guarantee that you will experience one of the best relaxing and funny vacations even if you have visited numerous spots around the globe.

Maratea with statue of Christ on the mountain above, Basilicata, Italy
Maratea with statue of Christ on the mountain above, Basilicata by Ferdinando Marfella

Don’t forget something really important – the southern Italian hospitality, enchanting with its simplicity and sincerity, will give you additional boost of relaxation and entertainment.

The coastline of Maratea, Italy
The coastline of Maratea, Italy by mozzercork

The coastline of Maratea is dotted with many small beaches, both public and private. The Tyrrhenian Sea waters are ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. If you use a boat which you can rent from local fishermen, then you can visit and see many scenic caves that will astonish you with their uniqueness and beauty.

Maratea has its own statue of Christ the Redeemer just like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It is 22 meters high and made of pure marble.

The Statue of Christ can be seen at the top of Mount San Biagio, Maratea, Basilicata, Italy
The Statue of Christ can be seen at the top of Mount San Biagio, Maratea, Basilicata by Luke18389

It was built in 1965 and it is located in front of the St Blaise Maratea Basilicata. The panoramic views of the Policastro bay are simply unforgettable and you will definitely make amazing photos that will proudly adorn your album for sure.

Saint Blaise Basilica, Maratea, Basilicata, Italy
Saint Blaise Basilica, Maratea, Basilicata by Luca Luongo Descrizione

Maratea is located close to many world famous Italian attractions and you can easy visit from there the excavations of Pompeii at the foot of active volcano Mount Vesuvius, Naples with its characteristic life and ancient monuments, the famous resort of Sorrento and Capri, and Rome – the “Eternal City.”

The Faraglioni of Capri, Campania, Italy
The Faraglioni of Capri, Campania by Mark Peters

Maratea is one amazing place for incredible summer vacation and if you manage to visit the town, then you can be sure that all your friends will be jealous. This should not surprise you because even after a quick check on Internet they will realize that you are in one unique place with fascinating beauty.

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