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.
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 water in Praja a Mare
The crystal colour of the water sourranding the Dino Island is worth the trip this little pearl of Mediterrean Sea. The island, 3 km long, offers 3 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 severals differents looks, from sendy 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.
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!
- 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.
- OndaRoad Beach Hostel, ☎ (0039)347-0736169, . 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.