Enchanting beaches and rock-hewn sanctuaries
On the border between Calabria and Basilicata, the enchanting seaside town of Praia a Mare is one of the most popular destinations in the province of Cosenza. Where the mountains of the Pollino National Park plunge into the sea, the possibilities for a relaxing holiday immersed in nature are endless.
The coastline, about five kilometres long, alternates between free beaches and establishments equipped with all the mod cons. Opposite the coast is Isola di Dino, a small islet with fascinating sea caves that you can reach by canoe or pedalo. The most famous is the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Cave), with intensely coloured water. On its walls, you can see ancient marine fossils.
On the 15-metre-high cliffs of the same name, the Fiuzzi Tower has defended the town from raids from the sea since the 16th century.
You can walk up the 53 steps to the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Grotta, Praia’s most important place of worship, inside three rocky cavities lit by beams of natural light that will leave you speechless.