Basilicata has two fantastic coastlines, The Ionian Coast to the east, with its unforgettable white sand and shallow sea making it perfect for families and the Tyrrhenian Coast to the west, with its dramatic plunging cliffs leading to a network of beautiful sandy coves, ideal for the adventurer.
The Ionian Coast
This is the perfect coastline to visit for those looking for family holidays in southern Italy. Enjoy the calm beaches of Metaponto and Policoro on the Ionian coast, with its clean water, white sand, shallow seas and pine forest.With many separated beaches to visit you are never short of activities; walk along the Lido di Metaponto which is full of traditional seaside activities for all the family, or if you are feeling more adventurous, visit the Porto Degli Argonauti and take a sailing course on the Ionian Sea. There are also more secluded beaches such as the Lido di Scanzano which is lined with beautiful pine forest, perfect for a more quiet and relaxing day in the sun.
The Tyrrhenian Coast
If you are searching for an adventure and want to avoid the usual tourist trail of the more popular coastal towns, experience the beautiful and vivid contrast of the mountains reaching down into the Tyrrhenian Sea in Maratea. The landscape of this area is dramatic, with plunging cliffs leading to a network of beautifulcoves hidden amongst the rocks. With white, sandy beaches, sea caves and breathtaking mountains, this area is increasingly popular with Italians, and is well on its way to becoming a choice Italian seaside resort.Visit the Port of Maratea to experience the ocean in a different way, hire fishing boats and experience different excursions such as cave exploring and activities on the sea. Around the area there are also private beaches which are better for relaxing and perfect for swimming.