Maratea is an Italian commune in the province of Potenza, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy; with a splendid location along the Tirreno Sea. Its 32 km of coastline are dotted with cliffs, beaches and small coves, and have more than 50 caves. The mountains of the hinterland arrive directly to the sea, creating a picturesque visual contrast and beautiful panoramas; they are covered with pine forests and a specific flora. The Maratea Coast has more than twenty beaches. The largest is Gnola. Calaficarra is set among the rocks and caves. There are also beaches with black sand. To see: Castrocucco Castle, the Carrara marble statue of Christ the Redeemer 22 meters on Mount San Biagio, the obelisk of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Basilica of St. Blaise, the Church of St. Mary, the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of Saint Antonio among others.
If you visit Maratea in May, try to be present at the celebration of the anniversary of the translation of Saint Blaise relics that lasts a whole week, the first Saturday in May to the second Sunday of the month. This holiday, with early origins, celebrates the arrival of the relics of the saint in Maratea, which took place in May in 732.
It is an ideal destination for those wishing to spend a holiday by the sea, relax and also to explore the culture and taste the authentic flavors.
Take a nice walk in the historical center you can admire the medieval structure with narrow streets and imposing buildings, as well as artistic and architectural evidence.