'''Praia a Mare''' is a nice beach resort town in the [[Calabria]] region of [[Italy]]. This village of 6800 people stands in front of Dino island, surrounded by the stunning Policastro gulf. During the summer months, its beach is divided into about 50 lidos, although intermittently there are unprotected slivers of beach open to the public at no cost. [[Image:barquinho.jpg|thumb|
Train=== 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.
Boat=== It is possible to rent 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.
To visit Dino island, the most complete experience would be to join one of the tours departing from Capodarena, either on smaller or larger boats, taking you around the island as well as to the Arcomagno bay, further south.
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. 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.
300px|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!
Paragliding''' The take off is westfaced, at about 600 metres above sea level. Thermals start around 10am during summer. If you are planning to do a solo flight, you should contact the local pilots who will help you all year around to reach the take offs. If you are first- timer prepare yourself to have a lot of fun and a breahtaking view. Tandem flights requires no experience whatsoever, when signing up your instructor will give you a briefing to make sure you know everything you need to do, before your feet gets off the ground! [[File:pedropara. jpg|thumb|300px|one happy traveller experiencing the paragliding flight over Dino Island]]
White Water Rafting''' on Lao river in spectacular Pollino National Park. This is probably the best way to visit the national park itself. It has the richest repository of flora and fauna in the south, and covers 1960 sq km. There are three river courses of varying levels and durations, with one suitable for children as young as age 10. Spring is the best time to raft the Lao river; the current is stronger, and the water is fresh. The river is karstic in nature; providing an adventure-seekers playground for rafting, canyoning, and kayaking. Most of which are based in-and-around the picturesque town of Papasidero. Every rafting company will provide you with free transportation to/from Praia a Mare.
*'''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. Various scuba diving companies can assist you to make your experience underwater safe and unforgettable. You can pick among 10 different itineraries, including wrack dive and night dive, depending by your scuba diving level. *'''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. Praia will be your optimal base camp for doing a different trekking/hiking trip every day. You can go visit the RAGANELLO GOURGE ( 80 km easth), or TRECCHINA hills and the SOCCORSO SANCTUARY ( 20 km north-easth), AIETAS OLD VILLAGE ( 11 km easth), just to mention a few.
* <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>