Romantic, elegant, uncontaminated, some call it the "pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea" due to the precious beauty that makes you fall in love with it at first sight. Sea caves, quiet beaches and lush mountains that plunge into the clear waters, Maratea is also of great interest for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts with a seabed rich in vegetation and the purity of the water (Blue Flag 2015).
And then there's the village: a small village in the Mediterranean, where the harbor is overlooked by romantic restaurants which are perfect for a candlelit dinner. Wherever you are in Maratea you can see the enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer (second in size only to that of Rio de Janeiro), twenty-one meters high and built on top of Mount San Biagio. From here you can admire the coast of Maratea in all its glory. We can ensure you…it's worth a visit.
THREE GOOD REASONS TO SEE MARATEA
If you like the sea in Maratea you can enjoy a different beach every day. There are many beaches, each one different in features and scenery and some can only be reached by boat.
Out of all them we recommend you visit the following beaches; Jannita beach, better known as "The Black Beach", the name comes from the characteristic dark color of the sand; Macarro beach, one of the most famous and popular beaches, where the blue of the sea blends with the gray sand and the green vegetation; Castrocucco beach, where the rocks have created a lovely natural swimming pool or A'Gnola beach, sandy and wide.
Scuba divers and snorkelers can admire the waters of Maratea which are rich in flora and fauna, as well as interesting relics of the Hellenistic-Roman period. A visit to the sea caves of the area is unmissable.
A few kilometers from Maratea is the beautiful island of Dino, an island rich in vegetation with two famous sea caves: the Blue Grotto and the Lion Cave. If you love nature but are not a diver you can enjoy numerous excursions and tours by boat, in addition to the tour by foot to the beautiful Cave of Wonders in Marina di Maratea.
Maratea is also known as "The city of the 44 churches" thanks to the numerous churches, chapels, monasteries and kiosks scattered throughout the village and surroundings. Particularly interesting are the Church of the Immaculate, adorned with precious frescoes, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Church of Our Lady of Olives.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which we have already mentioned, really deserves a visit. It is accessible by car with a shuttle bus from the car park to the monument. Finally, for art lovers, it is wonderful to get lost in the back streets of the small village of Maratea, which in summer months are full of temporary exhibitions and galleries with their typical bohemian charm.