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Praia a Mare

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Praia a Mare

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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.
Dino Island

Get in

By 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.

Get around


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.


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, [1]. 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.


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