Walking Holidays Basilicata – Pollino to the Marata Coast

Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Self Guided, Tailor Made


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 680 pp


Duration

6 nights


Your walking holidays Basilicata will begin in the Pollino National Park. This massif is surrounded by valleys painted with streams running down them and rocky mountains that preserve the best examples of the rare Loricato (Bosnian Pine). The last stop will bring you to the Tyrrhenian coast and the dominating panoramic views from Marata.

Your walk will begin in the Pollino National Park. This massif is surrounded by valleys painted with streams running down them and rocky mountains that preserve the best examples of the rare Loricato (Bosnian Pine). The last stop will bring you to the Tyrrhenian coast and the dominating panoramic views from Maratea. The untouched natural surroundings, intense light and panoramas, will leave you with enchanting memories of your time in Basilicata.

 

Price:

£680.00 per person.

Single supplement £135.00

Half board supplement (additional 3 dinners, excluding drinks): £75.00 per person.

 

Included:

  • Six nights accommodation in 3* hotels or family run establishments in rural areas.
  • Breakfast each morning (continental buffet breakfasts).
  • Dinner for the first 3 nights.
  • Luggage transfers each day.
  • Guided excursion on day 3.
  • All route notes, maps and luggage labels.
  • Assistance of our English speaking local agent on the ground in Italy.

 

Not Included:

  • Getting to/from holiday.
  • Lunches & Evening meals on 3 nights.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Drinks.
  • Insurance.
  • City tourist taxes may be payable (in Maratea they charge 1 or 2 euros per night per person).

 

Departure Dates:

Departures every Saturday (spring – autumn).

Day 1:

Arrive Pollino.

Independent arrival to the Pollino National Park (2 hours drive from the closest airport) and settle in at your Hotel in Viggianello. Light walk around the village, dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 2:

Serra di Crispo – 6,5 hrs- Length: 12 km, height difference: 678mt.

Excursion to the “heart” of the Pollino Park. You will follow a path through the forest along the abandoned “Rueping.”  This is an Austrian railway line that was used, in the 19th century, to transport trains carrying tree trunks. After passing a little lake called “Lago Fondo” you will reach Pietra Castello (1750 m.) where you will see the first Loricato (Bosnian) Pines. From here you go up to the Grande Porta del Pollino (the Great Door) at 1958 m., to the Serra di Crispo summit (mt. 2056) known as the “Garden of Gods”. Back to the farmhouse, dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 3:

I Patriarchi del Pollino – 6,5 hrs- length: 14 km, height difference: 771 mt.

Today you will reach the peak of Monte Pollino, the second highest summit in the Park. You cross a beech tree area with a view of the rocky shore full of Bosnian Pines. Here it is possible to see Eagles and the Pilgrim Hawke. Back to the Hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 4:

The Tyrrhenian coast: Maratea – 3 hrs – grade: easy.

Transfer to Maratea and get settled in at your Hotel.Self guided excursion to the San Biagio Mount and the Redeemer statue, with a breathtaking panorama of the cliffs and coves along the coast. You descend on foot into the countryside along a paved path to visit the historic centre. Free time to enjoy the beautiful centre of Maratea. Overnight stay.

 

Day 5:

The Black Beach – 3 hrs – grade: easy.

Easy excursion moving from the historic centre alleyways. Walking on the west side of San Biagio Mountain you will see the contrast between the green and blue of the sea, with a nice view from the Policastro gulf to the Cirella island in Calabria.The route follows an old path linking different little churches and chapels among which is an important one called Madonna della Pietà. The final destinations of this route are the Maratea Caves and the famous “Spiaggia Nera” (the Black Beach) where the volcanic black sand fades into the the dark blue of the sea.

 

Day 6:

REST DAY or “Flying on Trecchina” – 4 hrs – grade: easy.

Today you can have a Rest, take a swim in the blue sea at one of the Maratea beaches, or walk from the nearby village of Trecchina. From the main square with the leaning tower of the church, continue along the street lined with Liberty-style houses , that brings you to the beautiful Forraina Chapel. From here you will follow the path that pilgrims, carrying the statue of the Virgin Mary to the Sanctuary, walk along every year. From the top you will see the Noce river valley, the Tyrrhenian sea, Mount Sirino and Pollino. Back to the village on the same path. Return to Maratea. Overnight stay.

 

Day 7:

Depart following breakfast.