OUT OF TOWN
Uncontaminated scenery, crystal- clear waters, medieval towns perched on hills: the landscape of the Cilento will literally take your breath away each time that you visit it
Unmissable out- of- town sights: Cilento
Uncontaminated scenery, crystal- clear waters, medieval towns perched on hills: the landscape of the Cilento, located in the southern part of Campania, in the province of Salerno, is so varied that it will literally take your breath away each time that you visit it. Soft, rolling hills covered with olive groves are reflected in the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian sea while other elements of its natural beauty include an abundance of torrents, chestnut woods and larch trees. In fact, the magnificent landscape of Cilento is only interrupted by towns perched on its cliffs or situated on the shores of its sea. The area is home to the magnificent Cilento National Park and the Valley of Diano, with the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia and the Charterhouse of Padula, assigned World Heritage status by Unesco in 1988.
In 2015, the Cilento coast received 15 “Blue Flags” from Fee ( Foundation for Environmental Education), which, since 1981 has given awards to the most environmentally aware seaside resorts: Agropoli ( Trentova and San Marco), Castellabate, Montecorice ( Agnone, Capitello and San Nicola a Mare) Pollica ( Acciaroli and Pioppi), Casal Velino, Ascea, Pisciotta, Centola- Palinuro, Vibonati and Sapri. But not only, the ports of Cilento, including Marina D’Arechi in Salerno, the tourist port of Agropoli, the Marina of Casal Velino, that of Acciaroli, the Marina of Camerota and the tourist port of Palinuro also received awards from Fee. Among other things, thanks to its unpolluted beaches and the quality of its sea, Cilento has now been assigned Unesco World Heritage site status.
Is the most famous, A- lister resort in Cilento. A highly sought- after destination on account of its crystalline waters, its local traditions and the trendy discotheques that make for a truly ‘ viby’ nightlife scene. One of its most popular beaches is “Mingardo” ( also known as the “Arco Naturale”, due to its rocky arch- like formation ), lying near the Gulf of Policastro. We suggest that you hire a pedalò to reach one of its many corners of paradise, only accessible by sea, including its renowned “Buon dormire” beach, boasting an unusual variety of sand
that paints the sea with suggestive colours. Palinuro is also famous for its numerous sea caves and underwater grottoes, including the “Blue Grotto” - an ideal destination for scuba diving! Palinuro also hosts myriad restaurants where you can sample the area’s typical fresh fish- based specialties including, first and foremost, its famous blue lobster.
Is the ideal sport for those in search of a holiday combining entertainment and culture. It has a sandy beaching stretching over 12 km and is surrounded by a green pine forest where you can take much- needed shelter from the heat during the hottest hours of the day. Just a short distance from the beach, its majestic, beautifully preserved temples are silhouetted against the sky. Its archaeological site, awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 1988, is bounded by a wall that is still practically intact. A genuinely fascinating small town and one that is well worth a visit lying in the middle of Piana del Sele, a vast plain south of Salerno where the buffalos that produce the region’s delicious mozzarella graze.
Located at the southernmost extremity of the Gulf of Salerno, boasts a stretch of coastland extending over approximately 3km and is recognized as a site of community interest ( S. C. I.). Its attractions include the “Trentova Rock”, connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land that can only be crossed on foot, which also gives its name to the eponymous bay, the “Scoglio di San Francesco” and a series of small inlets that follow one upon the other right up to the small beach of Vallone ( Castellabate), located just a short distance from Punta Tresino. Make sure to visit its historic centre, perched on a rock and literally brimming over with a number of small, charming restaurants.
A delightful medieval hamlet, it is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Perched nearly 300m above sea level, Castellabate is extremely atmospheric with its maze of dark alleyways winding among noble palazzi and old stone dwellings. Its seaside area is Santa Maria di Castellabate. The coast is sprinkled with steep cliffs, bays, natural coves and golden beaches of the likes of “Pozzillo”, “Marina Piccola”, “Punta dell’Inferno”, “Baia Arena”, “Punta di Ogliastro” and “Lago”. It also boasts countless small natural inlets - found, above all, in the area of Ogliastro Marina, Licosa and Tresino – and sea grottoes.
Is an agricultural centre situated on the southern slopes of Monte Stella , at the foot of a hill: along its coast, you can find the tourist resorts of Acciaroli and Pioppi. Acciaroli is not only a small gem but also a favourite shopping destination featuring a cluster of charming boutiques and countless open- air bars. Pollica stole the show, for the summer of 2015, as one of the best coastal resorts in Italy, ranked first in Campania and third in Italy by this year’s edition of Legambiente’s Blue Guide and the Italian Touring Club.
Tempio di Nettuno, Paestum
Santa Maria di Castellabate