Spiaggia Grande di Acciaroli

Cilento Coast

Another Cilento stunner, Acciaroli’s main beach has sand, space, a Blue Flag rating and easy access to the historic town at its southern end. Water and sand are kept ruthlessly clean. If you couldn't hack the Amalfi’s rocky, crowded ‘beaches’, this will be a gulp of fresh air.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Cilento Coast attractions

1. Parco Archeologico di Elea Velia

7.33 MILES

Founded by the Greeks in the mid-6th century BC, Velia subsequently became a popular resort with wealthy Romans. You can wander around the evocative ruins…

2. Castello dell'Abate

7.49 MILES

Approached from its coastal sidekick, Santa Maria di Castellabate, the summit of Castellabate is marked by the broad Belvedere di San Costabile, from…

3. Castellabate Beach

7.71 MILES

Santa Maria’s golden sandy beach stretches for around 4km, which equals plenty of towel space on the sand, even in midsummer.

4. Trentova-Tresino

11.15 MILES

Those frustrated by the dearth of well-marked hiking trails in the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni should pay a visit to this mini…

5. Il Castello

11.71 MILES

Built by the Byzantines in the 5th century, the castle was strengthened during the Angevin period, the time of the War of the Vespers, which was initially…

6. Basilica

16.15 MILES

The so-called basilica (a temple to the goddess Hera) is Paestum’s oldest surviving monument. Dating from the middle of the 6th century BC, it’s a…

7. Tempio di Nettuno

16.2 MILES

Dating from about 450 BC, the limestone Tempio di Nettuno is the largest and best preserved of Paestum's trio of temples; only parts of its inside walls…

8. Paestum's Temples

16.39 MILES

Very different to Pompeii, Paestum’s ruins are smaller, older, more Greek and – crucially – a lot less overrun. Consequently, it is possible to steal some…