Marina di Praia

Top choice in Praiano

Located a couple of kilometres east of the centre, this charming beach and harbour are the reasons why most people stop off in Praiano. From the SS163 (next to Hotel Onda Verde), a steep path leads down the cliffs to a tiny inlet with a small stretch of coarse sand and very tempting water; the best water is actually off the rocks, just before you get to the bottom. You can also rent boats here (from €90 for two hours).

In what were once fishermen’s houses, there is a quartet of restaurants and a couple of diving operators.

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1. Torre a Mare

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2. Chiesa di San Luca

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3. Fiordo di Furore

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4. Spiaggia della Gavitelli


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6. Grotta dello Smeraldo

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7. Spiaggia Grande


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8. Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta

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