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Praia a Mare, Province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy





Located along the Policastro Gulf, opposite the Dino island, in the mountains among plantations of cedar-trees and other Mediterranean vegetation, Praia is among the main seaside resorts in Calabria. The name was repeatedly changed in the past from the original Praia degli Schiavi, a colony of Salavic refugees in the 15th century, then became in the 19th century Praia d'Aieta, to become finally Praia a Mare in 1928.

Info

Population: ca. 6,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 87028 -- Phone Area Code: 0985 -- Patron Saint: Santa Maria della Grotta celebrated on 15 August -- Frazioni & Località: Fiuzzi, Foresta

Where to stay

What to see

  • The Sanctuary of Madonna della Grotta, inside a cave where the human presence was recorded since the late Paleolithic. The natural balconies outside the cave offer an amazing view of the Thyrrhenian coast. A legend tells that a mariner left on the site a small statue of the Virgin Mary, with the intention to get it back once he would be safely returned from his sea voyages, but when he finally came back, he found that the population had made a sanctuary for the statue, so decided to leave it here forever.
  • The Dino island, with beautiful grottos which can be reached by boat; among the grottos are the Grotta Azzurra, for the color of its waters and walls, and the Grotta del Leone, which takes its name from a rock in the form of a lion.
  • 15 km in the hinterland, the Argentino River Natural Reserve, with forests of tall pine trees, rising to Monte Palamuda (1632 mt) which is included in the Pollino National Park

Province of Cosenza

Provinces of Calabria: Catanzaro | Cosenza | Crotone | Reggio Calabria | Vibo Valentia