'''Praja a Mare ''' is an undiscovered pearl in the [[Calabria]] region of [[Italy]], the perfect place for travellers looking for a place off the beaten track. This village of 5000 people stands in front of Dino island, surrounded by the stunning Policastro gulf.[[Image:0445.jpg |thumb|300px|right|Dino Island]]
Italy's Treneitalia rail network serves Praja a Mare with trains running approximately every two hours. The station can be easily missed, as it is a hub for two other nearby villages as well: look for Praja, ''not'' Praja a Mare, when preparing to alight the train.
It is possible to land small watercraft on the beaches adjacent to the promenade 1-2 km south of the village center. Avoid berthing boats in the area just south of Dino island, especially in the summer--that area is reserved for swimmers.
The crystal colour of the water surrounding the Dino Island is worth the trip this little pearl of Mediterranean Sea. The island, 3 km long, offers three marine caves to explore: the Waterfalls cave, the Lion Cave and the more popular BLU GROTTO, the largest cave, where the water appears lit up from bottom.[[Image:alfrito.jpg|thumb|200px|right|A visitor posing in front of Dino Island]] The coastline runs for 6 km, assuming several different looks, from sandy beaches to black rocks. If you are visiting Praja is a must to see the Cave Sanctuary, where is kept the sacred statue of the Maria the virgin, protector of town.
Image: arcoboat.jpg|thumb| 300px| left| The water in Praja a Mare]
200px|The 22 mt (65 ft) cliff jumping from the Arcomagno Arch]]
In Praja there's really no time to get bored!
You can just relax on the beach, cuddled by the breeze while laying back on a deckchair, or you can make your time simply extreme!
from a 600 metre hill down to the sea [ http: //www. flymaratea. it Paragliding web site] *'''White Water Rafting''' on the Lao river in spectacular Pollino National Park.
*'''Cliff Jumping''' The highlight for travellers who enjoy having butterflies in their stomachs is cliff jumping off Arcomagno Rock, a
22 metre (67 feet) natural bridge over a hidden crystal bay. For less brave divers, lower jumps can be found on the Dino island coast.
*'''Scuba Diving'''. You don't need to be a professional diver to enjoy the coral gardens or the ancient relics lying not far from Dino island.
*'''Trekking''' Not many places offer the diversity of mountains meeting the ocean. Praja does, leading the beauty of Pollino National parks to the clearness of the Tirrenian Sea.
* <sleep name="OndaRoad Beach Hostel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="
(0039)347- 0736169" email="" fax="" url="http:// www. calabriahostel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Family run hostel a few metres from the beach. Rates are €19 in a mixed dorm, €25 (per person) for an en-suite double room. Free breakfast, home made lunch, and pick up from the train station.</sleep>