Despite being expensive, the Amalfi coast remains the favorite summer destination for most of the tourists visiting Italy. Not many realize that there exists an equally beautiful, but less expensive option down the boot – the magnificent Maratea!
With breathtaking views of the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea and unspoilt landscapes, this small, but pretty sea-side town called ‘the pearl of the Tyrrhenian’ welcomes you. Located about 200 km off the busy city of Naples, this secluded destination offers much more to explore than beaches and landscapes. With rich architectures, amazing nightlife and off-the-beaten track destinations, Maratea is definitely a paradise on budget!
Like any other Italian coastal town, Maratea too has exotic sun-drenched beaches to enjoy. But unlike the others, this beach is less crowded in summer and the water is just fabulous. The multi-colored sand beaches are like colorful pearls that beautifully decorate the dramatic Basilicata shoreline. Surrounded by the gigantic San Biagio Mountain, these beaches are a beach lover’s delight. You can also take part in the various water sports that are offered and experience adrenaline rush like never before. This beautiful seaside town doesn’t sleep in the night. Its amazing nightlife will keep you awake too!
If you are someone who is more attracted to architectures than beaches, still Maratea is the place for you. This town is rich in history and there are several magnificent monuments that illustrate the same. The town boasts of 44 churches, most of them belonging to the medieval times. The city museums take you back to the Roman period and amuse you with interesting historical facts and displays.
If beaches are for your eyes, then their inhabitants are for your tongue. You can enjoy the scrumptiously delicious local sea-food recipes at various restaurants and food kiosks in the marina. It is also the place to taste some of the best wine in the country.
Apart from the regular tourist areas, you can also try visiting the actual town that is cozily situated beside the San Biagio. The narrow streets with typical Italian houses and busy market areas are fun to roam around. The locals are friendly and their casual lifestyle will make you feel like at home.
This jewel of Italy, situated 360m above the sea level is a wonderful place to be with your loved ones this summer. PerilloTours is a leader in organizing Italy travel tours at reasonable budgets. Their site is also a good resource for useful Italy travel tips.