Harbour sights in Campania
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Once home to the area's fishing fleet, Mergellina's marina is now a crowd-pulling combo of anchored yachts and kitsch Neapolitan chalets, neon-lit seaside gelaterie and bars. Pick up an ice-cream brioche at Chalet Ciro Mergellina and soak up the postcard view of the castello (castle) and volcano.
From here, opt for a lazy passeggiata (stroll) eastward along the car-free lungomare (seafront), or, if you don't mind the incline, head southwest along Via Posillipo for enchanting vistas of the bay, the city and lushly gardened villas.
The closest thing to a spiaggia (beach) is the pleasant sandy stretch at the harbour at Marina Grande; if you want to just loll in the sun, nearby jetties sport the ubiquitous umbrellas and deckchairs. While it’s far smaller than the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, this former fishing district has a glimmer of similarity with its pastel-coloured houses, brightly painted boats and fishermen mending nets.
There are some earthy seafood restaurants here as well, serving fish from the morning’s catch.