Water sports


The Ionian coast is perfect for family holidays with shelve like beaches edging gently into the sea and shallow waters near the shore it makes it a fun and safe place for children to play and swim. The coast also has facilities for wind surfing, water skiing and sailing. The ‘Circolo Velico Akiris Lucano’ in Policoro offers several courses such as canoeing, water skiing, sailing and wind surfing.



The beautiful short stretch of Tyrrhenian coast around Maratea offers excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Experience these activities plus more from the many rocky coves that line the sea. The Centro Sub Maratea, based in Santa Caterina, offers diving courses and excursions.

The Maratea coast is also perfect for sailing. During the holiday season it is also possible to hire boats or go on a sailing or fishing trip. It is worth taking a boat ride to visit some of the famous sea caves along the Maratea coast.



Lake Senise offers a variety of water sports including rowing, canoeing and sailing through the very beautiful water courses of this artificial lake. Lake Senise also hosts some important national rowing events, drawing in athletes from the whole of Italy.


Rafting can be experienced on the River Lao in the Pollino National Park , which is just across the border with Calabria. Rafting is suitable for both families and individuals who want an intense experience, full of adrenaline. Experienced guides are on hand to lead the rafts down the river, passing stunning natural sights. A wetsuit, helmet and life vest are included.



Basilicata offers three Water parks throughout the region: “Acquazzurra” in Metaponto which includes a large selection of pools, slides and rides, including a 28m high water roller coaster and a pirate island. There is also the “Val d’Agri Water-park” situated just outside the village of Tramutola, the water park is surrounded by a forest of oak trees, with an Olympic size swimming pool, slides, rides, Jacuzzi and sports activities such as tennis, five-a-side football and volleyball. The last is “Le Onde Venosapark” , located in Venosa, this water park is suitable for all ages, with heated pools, Jacuzzis, numerous flumes and slides as well as a variety of children’s attractions.