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Beaches in the Cilento

The crystal clear, cobalt blue sea with its beautiful beaches and bays invites you to swim from April to the beginning of November.

During season, there are various places where pedal and sailing boats, surf boards, deck chairs and sun shades can be rented. Except for the Italian holiday months of July and August, you have got the coast almost to yourself!

 

Beaches in the Cilento

The crystal clear, cobalt blue sea with its beautiful beaches and bays invites you to swim from April to the beginning of November.

During season, there are various places where pedal and sailing boats, surf boards, deck chairs and sun shades can be rented. Except for the Italian holiday months of July and August, you have got the coast almost to yourself!

A variety of coastal landscapes

The Cilento’s more than 100 km of coastline offer a rich variety. Gentle hills, spectacular cliffs, wide and gently sloping sandy beaches as well as small hidden shingle bays characterize the landscape.

Some of the roads leading to the sea offer fantastic panoramic views (e.g. from Camerota to Marina di Camerota and the coastal road near Maratea).

Water of best quality

Every year, the Cilento scores exceptionally well concerning the ranking of beaches with excellent bathing water quality. The FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) bases its choice on very strict criteria. For years, the Cilento has been the top of the list in Campania. Many municipalities are allowed to fly the coveted “bandiera blu”, the “Blue Flag”. In 2013 the Cala Bianca bay near Marina di Camerota has been even chosen as most beautiful beach of Italy.

Fine sand...

Fine sandy and gently sloping beaches ideal for families can be found, for example, at Paestum, Acciaroli, Marina di Ascea, in Palinuro and in its surroundings, at and around Marina di Camerota as well as at Villammare.

… and fantastic bathing bays

Scario attracts you with bathing bays accessible only by boat. Shimmering in shades of turquoise and fantastically clear – that is what the water is like along the coast from Scario towards Porto Infreschi and further on towards Marina di Camerota. At and around Scario, you will find shingle beaches which are within walking distance of the village centre.

Maratea  is considered one of the last bathing paradises of Italy. Beautiful sandy and shingle beaches as well as small dreamy bays along the cliff line invite you to take a sunbath and a swim. A distinctive feature of the Costa di Maratea are its black lava beaches, e.g. at Maratea Cersuta. In 2015 environmental organisation Legambiente nominated this bathing area one of the three most beautiful beaches in Italy.

Particularly beautiful shingle beaches and picturesque bays are to be found near Marina di Maratea, somewhat south of Cersuta.

Castrocucco and its kilometres of sandy beach are the southern end of this scenically breathtaking coastal area.