Spiaggia Palinuro

Cilento Coast

The town’s main beach stretches for around 4km north of the centre. There is another more sheltered curve of sand abutting Palinuro’s postcard-pretty harbour in the south, replete with colourful fishing boats, several bars and a rocky headland standing sentinel. You can hire kayaks and arrange boat trips here.

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1. Spiaggia Marinella

0.83 MILES

For a slightly quieter scene than you might find in Palinuro, head southeast of town to Spiaggia Marinella, surrounded by lush banks of greenery. The…

2. Grotta Azzurra

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Although it doesn’t have the hype of its Capri counterpart, Palinuro’s Grotta Azzurra is similarly spectacular, with a brilliant play of light and hue.

3. Parco Archeologico di Elea Velia

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4. Spiaggia Grande di Acciaroli

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5. Statue of Christ the Redeemer

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6. Maratea Superiore

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7. Castello dell'Abate

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8. Castellabate Beach

24.57 MILES

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