Spiaggia del Castello

Bay of Naples

Right below the Castello di Baia sits the wonderful Castle Beach. A sandy double-sided affair, it's only accessible by boat (adult/child return from €3/1.50) from a nearby jetty. To reach the jetty, catch the EAV bus to Baia and get off outside the FIART factory just south of town. Walk a further 250m south and turn left into the driveway beside the green gate at the curve.

At the end sits the car park and jetty, where you can hire a deckchair (€5/6 weekdays/weekends) or umbrella (€5/6) for convenient waterside sunning. Avoid the weekend summer crowds by coming earlier in the week.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bay of Naples attractions

1. Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei

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2. Parco Archeologico di Baia

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4. Monte Nuovo

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5. Lago d'Averno

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6. Rione Terra

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7. Mercato Ittico

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8. Tempio di Serapide

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