The Marina of Scanzano Ionico and the beach of Terzo Cavone
The Jonian coast of Basilicata, about 35 kilometers long, is undoubtedly famous for its large beaches of fine golden sand.
In particular, the beach of Metaponto, with its crystal clear sea and equipped with several bathing establishments, has shallow and gently descending seabed, characteristics that make it particularly suitable for families with children. To complete the bathing offer, the amusing Water Park for all ages.
Even today the "Pancratium Maritimum" or "sand lily" still thrives here, giving the beach a sweet and wild look at the same time, while not far away the pinewoods and eucalyptus trees perfume the air merging with the smell of the sea. After a morning on the soft sand of Metaponto, the day ends in the best way by spending the afternoon in the Archaeological Park to admire the splendor of Magna Grecia.
According to the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) five beaches located in Basilicata are once again Blue Flag 2020, which recognizes the naturalistic and environmental qualities and evaluate positively their services.
Among these, for the province of Matera, there is Bernalda (Lido di Metaponto).
What to do in the Marina of Metaponto:
For lovers of water sports, Metaponto is an ideal place: between sailing, water-skiing and kite-surfing excursions, no fun is impossible!
A few kilometers from the beaches of Metaponto there is the Acquazzurra Park, a pleasant alternative for young and old, together with the possibility of orienteering, cycling, horseback riding or walking.
For nature lovers, there is a protected area that surrounds the entire zone of the lido of Metaponto, Nature Reserve. From west to east, between the lidos, the free beach and pine forests, the sandy coast continues to the mouth of the river Bradano, beyond which is the State Reserve Marinella Stornara.
It is a perfect place for protected migratory species that have found their ideal habitat in this area: among them, the grey heron, the pyro pyro, the godwit and the moorhen. The flora consists of Aleppo pines, maritime pines, cypresses and eucalyptus trees, while the typical Mediterranean vegetation characterizes the undergrowth.