COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.   Learn More >

Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Has anyone been to Maratea or Tropea Italy?

Has anyone been to Maratea or Tropea Italy?

Old Jan 18th, 2018, 01:36 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Has anyone been to Maratea or Tropea Italy?

I will be driving from Naples to Sicily where I plan to visit with family for about 5 days.
I was considering making a stop at Maratea and/or Tropea beach thinking my young children (ages 7,8) will enjoy the caves at Matarea and the swimming at Tropea Beach
Since i have never been to either of these places, is it worth stopping at Matarea or Tropea Beach.
If its not worth seeing, i may just spend more time either in Rome, Naples area, or Sicily with Family.
Any thoughts on "must see" sights in these areas?
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 18th, 2018, 01:44 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 18,972
FWIW, I haven't been there but I have looked into it, and almost went for a day trip from Sicily last September but I got lazy and didn't bother.

Some people say Tropea is very touristy, but I can't imagine that it's any more touristy than any other areas. The caves sound interesting and as long as you're passing through it's probably worth a visit. JMO
panecott is offline  
Old Jan 19th, 2018, 03:49 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 22,164
Yes, spent some days in Maratea but know nothing about caves. Are you talking about Matera? Matera is a "must," while Maratea is a great hill town above beautiful beaches, in season.
ekscrunchy is offline  
Old Jan 20th, 2018, 01:42 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,123
We spent a perfect weather day in Maratea in mid-October. (We were based in Castellabate). Maratea is a “town” with nine small villages and boasts 44 churches. It is spread about and a less developed area than we expected, so it can be a little confusing. We found the area uncrowded, but some of the roads, especially from the north are very narrow and winding (but as spectacular and heart-stopping as any cliffside drive anywhere). We didn’t get to the cave(s), but we did drive to the top of Mount St. Bagio, where there is the third tallest statue of Christ in Europe (similar to the one in Rio). We also visited the historical center (Borgo) on the side of the mountain where there are a number of nice shops and restaurants. And, we opted for lunch and gelato down by the seafront in an area called Marina. A beautiful spot. Our day included a drive along the Cliento coast and included stops in two blue zone communities (where an extraordinary number of people live healthy lives to 100), and we stopped at a little waterfront museum in an old villa that showcases the Mediterranean diet. Maratea remained the highlight of the day.

Thinking of Tropea this fall. Not sure when you are going, but that has a beach that can be quite crowded in the summer.
whitehall is offline  
Old Jan 21st, 2018, 04:24 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 232
We've been to Tropea three or four times and liked each experience. The whole area around Tropea is a very popular seaside resort. There are new condos and lots of British vacationers. Since the British pound is strong against the Euro many English have been buying these condos as a vacation home.

Tropea has a cathedral perched on top a gigantic rock jutting out into the sea. The town has the usual shops and restaurants, but we always enjoyed our time there.

Buon viaggio,
rbciao47 is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 04:54 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks Panecott! I am still trying to cement my itinerary
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 04:55 PM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks Panecott! I appreciate your opinion as I try and cement down my itinerary
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 05:02 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks EKscrunchy.... I am talking about "Maratea" and heard there were cool caves there. I was thinking mostly of my young boys enjoying the caves. It probably would be a "pit-stop" on my drive from Naples to "Tropea" beach. Or Should I skip Tropea Beach and enjoy the beaches at Maratea if they are worth it/better than Tropea???

Still trying to figure out how/if to schedule Maratea and Tropea.
Here's the link to the Caves:
THE CAVE OF WONDERS ? Tasty Italy
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 05:02 PM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks EKscrunchy.... I am talking about "Maratea" and heard there were cool caves there. I was thinking mostly of my young boys enjoying the caves. It probably would be a "pit-stop" on my drive from Naples to "Tropea" beach. Or Should I skip Tropea Beach and enjoy the beaches at Maratea if they are worth it/better than Tropea???

Still trying to figure out how/if to schedule Maratea and Tropea.
Here's the link to the Caves:
THE CAVE OF WONDERS ? Tasty Italy
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 05:13 PM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks Whitehall for your very helpful opionion. Possilby now, I will definitely include Maratea in our stop along the cliento coast.
If I leave Naples in the morning, do you think I have time to drive from Naples all the way down to Sicily, via the cilento coast, and including a morning stop at Maratea with a late afternoon stop at Tropea Beach for swimming..... is that totally impossible or just ambitious? I am trying to figure out if I should dedicate 1 day to Maratea and 1 day to Tropea or possibly skip Tropea if the beach is too crowded and not worth visiting.
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 05:19 PM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks Whitehall for your very helpful opionion. Possilby now, I will definitely include Maratea in our stop along the cliento coast.
If I leave Naples in the morning, do you think I have time to drive from Naples all the way down to Sicily, via the cilento coast, and including a morning stop at Maratea with a late afternoon stop at Tropea Beach for swimming..... is that totally impossible or just ambitious? I am trying to figure out if I should dedicate 1 day to Maratea and 1 day to Tropea or possibly skip Tropea if the beach is too crowded and not worth visiting.
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 05:23 PM
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks Rbciao47..... We are considering Tropea during the month of August. I was thinking of only going there for the Beach to give my boys a chance to swim for an afternoon. It seems like it has calm waters which will be safe for them since they are 6 and 8 years old. Since you have been there a few times, do you think that it will be too crowded to enjoy the beach? If so, I may just skip Tropea since the Beach was the only area of interest regarding Tropea.
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2018, 05:30 PM
  #13  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 30
Thanks giovannibenvenuto. I will ask you the same question i asked someone else.... do you think I can accomplish a drive from Naples down to Messina Sicily (via the Cilento Coast) and include a morning/afternoon trip to Maratea (visiting the town casually) then driving down to Tropea and arrive for a late afternoon Swim at the Tropea Beach? I am not sure if I should book a hotel either at Maratea or Tropea, or if I should not book a hotel and just do brief visits in each town and end up in Sicliy by the evening (i'm a bit overwhelmed in trying to play my Naples to Messina drive :/)

This is what wanted me to include Maratea in my trip.... The Cave of Wonders (i read it will only take a short 15 minute visit in the caves, but will be worth it)
THE CAVE OF WONDERS ? Tasty Italy
dawn2duskb is offline  
Old Jan 26th, 2018, 02:31 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 232
The beach will be crowded in August, but go if you have the chance. You can purchase parking tickets from some of the businesses. They look like rub off lottery tickets and the cost depends on how long you plan to stay.

Go and have fun.

Buon viaggio,
rbciao47 is offline  
Old Jan 27th, 2018, 09:19 AM
  #15  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 22,164
Amantea has a decent beach and would make a good overnight stop. Very lovely old town on the hill and many hotels along the coastal road. Much of the Calabrian coast in that stretch is pretty wrecked by development, but there are some pretty places. Do you plan to stop for unch and if so, do you care where you eat? I mean are you looking for a really good place to eat?

In Maratea, I would not think you'd have much time to see the upper town, with parking and all, and make the drive a pleasant one. I took about a week for the drive from Lamezia Terme to Cilento, with stops en route (Amantea, Pisciotta, etc etc) and then on to Cetara for lunch, ending in Ravello on the day we left Castellabate. Keep in mind possible traffic tie ups in high season.
ekscrunchy is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
AirBalloon
Europe
49
Feb 7th, 2019 09:20 PM
Catme94
Europe
22
Mar 16th, 2018 06:59 PM
phillyboy
Europe
14
Feb 23rd, 2018 11:07 AM
annienan
Europe
9
Feb 1st, 2016 02:56 AM
Pudgy
Europe
11
Jul 17th, 2015 01:20 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO