Praia a Mare: a natural pearl in Calabria
One of the most dynamic and joyful destinations in all of Calabria, Praia a Mare is especially popular during the summer, thanks to the varied accommodation options and its natural beauty that has made it stand out in the Calabrian tourist scene. Here at Traveling to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? LOOKING FOR A HOTEL IN CALABRIA? Check our suggestions! Click here!
What about a Praia a Mare paronamic view?
The main feature of Praia a Mare, as you can imagine, is the sea and the activities linked to it, but make no mistake: the wonders of this city are not restricted to its natural beauty – there is also its historic center and other monuments, such as the Church of the Sacred Heart and the Church of St Paul the Apostle. How about gettting to know a little more about Praia a Mare?
A little more about Praia a Mare
For lovers of cheerful architecture, it is the ideal destination: shades of colors and aromas blend in a unique atmosphere that marks the landscape of this charming place, where the mountain plunges into the sea.
Praia a Mare is part of the Pollino National Park. Close to the city, lovers of extreme sports can go rafting or canoeing on the white waters of the Lao River. It is also possible to visit other monumental places, not to mention the beaches in the region, which are among the best in all of Calabria!
Let’s discover everything Praia a Mare has to offer!
1) Praia a Mare: a natural pearl in Calabria! ROCCA DI PRAIA
At the top of a hill, it is possible to see the Praia castle, which has been well preserved over time and which houses important chapters in the city’s history. Called Rocca di Praia, the castle was built in the Norman period, around the 14th century.
In addition to the structural majesty, the castle’s location is privileged: at its foot, you can see the Thyrrenian Sea, the largest Italian sea. Today, the place is hosted by a B&B.
2) Praia a Mare: a natural pearl in Calabria! TORRE DI FIUZZI
Torre di Fiuzzi is located opposite the island of Dino, on a 15 meter-high rock. It is one of the largest towers in the region and also had the function of protecting the coast from enemy attacks, built around the 16th century.
3) Praia a Mare: a natural pearl in Calabria! DINO ISLAND
We can’t help mentioning Dino Island – one of the city’s main attractions! Dino Island presents us with six fascinating marine caves, which can be visited by renting a canoe, between May and September, on the beaches of Praia a Mare – those traveling outside of this period, do not worry, as hotels usually offer boats rental during the low season.
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4) Praia a Mare: a natural pearl in Calabria! SHRINE OF THE MADONNA DELLA GROTTA
The Shrine of the Madonna della Grotta is located inside a natural cave that originated inside the hill – which is why it gets its name (“St Mary of the Cave”) – and it is quite easy to access, once you face the real obstacle: 53 steps, made of marine pebbles. .
The three grottos, naturally lit, house several important works, including an artistic crib, a circular basin sink and the charming High Altar installed in the third grotto. See also: What are the must-see shrines in Calabria?
- Madonna della Grotta is venerated in Praia a Mare and the Shrine is one of the most important places of worship in the country.
5) Praia a Mare: a natural pearl in Calabria! THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
The beaches of Praia a Mare are the real attraction of the region. The main beach, generically defined as Praia a Mare, situated really in the center of city life, is a large stretch of sand mixed with gravel, perfect for sunbathing and practicing some beach sports.
On this beach, the sea is crystal clear and turquoise blue and favors the practice of activities such as snorkeling and diving, as well as being suitable for families with children, as it is shallow and calm, without any danger.
Map of attractions in Praia a Mare
When to visit Praia a Mare?
The city offers warm weather in summer and balanced weather in winter. If you want to go in the hottest month, prefer to schedule your trip for August – if you prefer the opposite, the coldest month is January, when the thermometers reach an average temperature of 11 degrees.
For those who are a fan of a really balanced climate, choose spring (April, May or June) or the end of summer, between September and October.
- In summer, there is a festival honoring the famous Madonna della Grotta, which lasts for six days and takes place in mid-August. If you like to know the essence of each place and discover typical products, it’s worth it!
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Where to stay in Praia a Mare? Ad un Passo Dal Mare
The hotel has all the facilities and amenities that its guests need to recover energy, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the sea!
- Rating: 9.4 (Fantastic!)
- Average daily rate: BRL 650.00*
- Location: The hotel is a 1-minute walk from the beach.
- Address: Via Vincenzo Bellini 7 1° piano, 87028 Praia a Mare, Italy
- Services: balcony, air conditioning, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with bidet and hairdryer.
- Breakfast included: Yes.
- (*) the value is an average of the daily rate for two people; values may vary according to the season, without prior notice.
Where to eat in Praia a Mare? Trattoria Ticciabbaca
If you are looking for typical Italian food in Praia a Mare, this is a great option!
- Address: Via Pasquale Rossi, 79, 87100 Cosenza CS
- Website: https://www.algironedeigolosi.it/
- Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 11:30 pm
- Phone: +39 340 974 8413
What to see near Praia a Mare?
San Nicolau Arcella
San Nicolau Arcella is a well-known seaside resort on the Riviera dei Cedri, surrounded by a rocky arm that gives it the shape of a natural harbor. The clear and crystalline water, the rocky scenery, the suggestive landscape make San Nicolau Arcella one of the must-see resorts during the summer season! Find out all about San Nicolau Arcella here!
Diamante is a small fishing village in the province of Cosenza and has a position that gives it a lot of charm – not for nothing, it is also called the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Famous for its eight kilometers of beach with varied combinations of sand and color, for its crystal clear waters and for the seabed. One of the main things to do in Diamante is to visit the old part of the city, made up of small streets and alleys, where you can admire the beautiful murals made mainly by local street artists. Learn all about Diamante here!
Paola is also a famous seaside resort on the Riviera dei Cedri. The stretch of coast that characterizes it is made up of wide beaches and a clear sea. It is the most important center of the high Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, both because it is around the monastery of Saint Francis and because of its connection with the railway and the road to Cosenza. Learn all about Paola here!
Its landscape is mountainous, with trails up to 1,462 meters on the Mount Ciagola, and it has the division of the blue sea of the Gulf of Policastro. The ancient city of Aieta is the noble nucleus, the shining mirror of an agricultural environment in the mountain that is still intact and full of charm that surrounds it. The mountain arc that surrounds the area and the view to the sea, in front of Dino Island, together with forests of oak and beech, are indelible signs of pioneer agriculture that made cultivable and threshed plans in the terrains that forge peaks of a unique environment. Find out all about Aieta here!
Papasidero is located in one of the most beautiful natural settings in Calabria and is surrounded by beautiful chestnut forests. It is the starting point of many hiking and mountain biking trails, if you feel like wild nature and adventure sports, as well as prehistoric archeology, you only need to pay a visit to this small town in Calabria. Learn all about Papasidero here!
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