The coastal road heading south of Castellabate is prettily panoramic, despite lacking the drama (and traffic) of its Amalfi counterpart. This is a land of well-tended sandy beaches and tiny unsung coastal towns epitomised by diminutive Acciaroli. With its charming centre and shady piazzas tastefully restored using local stone and traditional architecture, Acciaroli is a good place to grow old. Few places in the world have such a high proportion of residents aged over 100.
A short 10km hop south of Acciaroli is equally tiny Pioppi, with its pristine, pale pebble beach and handful of shops and restaurants, followed by Marina di Casal Velino, featuring a small, pretty harbour and a stretch of sand favoured by families.
Ascea, best known as the home of philosophers Parmenides and Zeno, is characterised by its mildewed Greek ruins, while lovely Pisciotta is a medieval town piled high above a ridge.