Policoro is a picturesque beach resort situated just 3 kilometres from the Ionian sea, just down from Metaponto. Set in a beautiful location, Policoro is the heart of tourism in the area and is a perfect resort for families due to its fantastic beaches with shallow waters and clean sands as well as many nearby attractions.

Policoro offers a variety of popular leisure activities for visitors including exploring the tranquil pine forest nature reserve, trekking, mountain bike, horse riding, archery, sailing, diving and canoeing. A vibrant street market is held on the 27th of every month in Policoro in the main square from 8am.

The waters around Policoro are so clean that the sea is rich in marine life and dolphins and sea turtles are common in the bay including rare breeds of turtle such as the loggerhead and Dermoncheilde who nest on the beaches. The local Turtle Sanctuary monitors this and provides the opportunity to learn more about them.

Policoro - forest bosco pantano

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WWF Nature Reserve

The WWF Oasis Policoro Herakleia is located within the Regional Reserve of Bosco Pantano Policoro, a stunning pine forest which borders the sea. The reserve is dedicated to the protection of sea turtles and other wildlife and is a perfect place for families to visit whilst in Policoro. Within the reserve, it is possible to visit (CRAS) the Recovery Centre for Wild Animals and participate in various activities organized by the Environmental Education Centre (CEA), which include: forest walks, horse riding on the beach, archery, and water sports such as canoeing and sailing. Visit www.oasiwwfpolicoro.net for further details.

Archaeological Museum & Park

The Archaeological Museum of Siritide is rich in historical finds and contains the ruins of the ancient Greek colonies of Siris and Herakleia. The Archaeological Park is situated behind the National Museum. Here is the Shrine of Demeter and the Archaic Temple dedicated to Dionysus dating back to the 7th century BC.

Circolo Velico Lucano

This is a sailing club which encourages younger children in school to participate in marine activities. They hold school camping and day trips along with summer camps for anyone to join. The centre provides a variety of experiences such as sailing, wind and kite surfing, horse riding, wildlife spotting (dolphins/ sea turtles), orienteering and much more to keep kids busy.