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If you adore the Amalfi Coast, but abhor the crowds, Maratea is for you. The road in is even bendier and narrower than the infamous Amalfi Coast road, but the similarities don't end there. There's also a stylish harbour, a charming medieval village and a selection of pretty sandy coves where you can find many of the best places to stay in Maratea.
Don't get the impression that Maratea is a secret though. The word is definitely out! There are just less hotels here, so even when full Maratea feels less touristy. And its popularity with Italians probably helps too. Maratea was a favourite of Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana and Fabio Cannavaro, probably because it really lets you feel like you're getting away from it all - the population density here is apparently similar to that of the Amazon.
Like Amalfi, Maratea isn't just a single town, it's a a collection of little towns and harbours in amongst the green cliffs of the glittering Golfo di Policastro. But unlike Amalfi, in Maratea you'll find no roadside hotel signs, just the occasional herd of goats in the parched, rugged countryside of oaks and pines.
The lovely port is a collection of white and yellow buildings, full of charm, while on the water you'll usually see a small herd of glitzy super yachts. The historic centre is at the top of the hill - a whitewashed town underneath Maratea's answer to Rio's Christ the Redeemer.
Best places to stay in Maratea
- La Locanda delle Donne Monache is tucked away in the heart of medieval Maratea, a mid-size hotel converted from an 18th Century convent. The interiors are modern, the views and the food are sublime and steeped in local tradition.
- The Villa Cheta is slightly younger, an Art Nouveau villa tucked into a hillside with wonderful views of the Mediterranean. The villa has its own private, pebble beach, but there's also a hotel shuttle to a sandy beach close by.
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Best Hotels in Maratea
Villa Cheta 23 rooms from $119Maratea (Acquafredda)
Rose & cream washed stuccoed 19th century villa tucked into the hillside overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. Charming and genteel, this art nouveau hotel has old-fashioned values and style. Pretty tiered gardens, a profusion of flowers, spill down to the pebbled beach. Unhurried and tranquilTown - Maratea has a beautiful historical centre and 44 churches, and the local port of Acquafredda is lively with bars and boutiquesOn the beach - The hotel shuttle bus takes guests to the sandy Anginarra beach or stroll down to the hotel's pebbly beachOther Activities - There are plenty of activities close by such as tennis, riding, sailing, diving, hiking and paraglidiingRestaurant - Recommended.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Santavenere Hotel 34 rooms from $136Maratea
Iconic 5* resort set in stunning gardens overlooking the Med. Rooms are classic and elegant, often with private balcony or terrace. Extensive wellness centre with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach and beautiful outdoor fine dining with views out to sea. Top notch luxury in unspoilt Maratea.Fishing - night fishing trips on offerKayaking - available at private beachDiving - Diving trips on offerSights nearby - Trips to Dino Island
La Locanda delle Donne Monache 27 rooms from $157Maratea
Charming hotel in a converted convent, built in 1735, tucked away in the mediaeval town of Maratea on the Basilicata coast. Wonderful mountain and rooftop views. Contemporary, quiet rooms in soft shade. Pretty gardens and pool. Gourmet cuisine. Close to the beach. A perfect all round hotel.Suites - Four types of well-appointed rooms from Classic to Suites with original features and some with terracesRestaurant - The restaurant Il Sacello overlooks the gardens and swimming pool, and offers gourmet regional cuisineBeach nearby - The hotel shuttle bus takes guests to Maratea's beach ten minutes drive awayBar - The Bar L'Alambicco serves cocktails and delicious light snacksRecommended by - I Escape, CN Traveller