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Hiking in the Cilento National Park

Hiking in the Cilento means hiking off the beaten track, in the literal sense of the word.

It is especially in the southern part of the Cilento, between the Cape of Palinuro and the Gulf of Policastro, that nature shows its most beautiful face.

 

Hiking in the Cilento National Park

Hiking in the Cilento means hiking off the beaten track, in the literal sense of the word.

It is especially in the southern part of the Cilento, between the Cape of Palinuro and the Gulf of Policastro, that nature shows its most beautiful face.

Where the mountains and the sea meet

Part of the charm of the Southern Italian Cilento region is due to the fact that the mountains and the sea lie so close together. Very often, the mountainous landscape of the Cilento starts right where the sandy beach ends.
It is especially in the southern part of the Cilento, between the Cape of Palinuro and the Gulf of Policastro, that nature shows its most beautiful face with breathtaking steep coasts, partly solitary sandy beach bays, deep gorges, evergreen olive groves and fragrant Mediterranean macchia.

Just to give you a taste of…

Capo Palinuro

Pass ancient mills from Greco-Roman times and medieval buildings and discover the beauties of famous Capo Palinuro. Delight in botanical rarities of the coast, e.g. orchids and unique Primula Palinurensis, in Mediterranean macchia, breathtaking landscapes, gorges and mountain tops. 'Dive' into Virgil’s mythical world; according to his epic poem Aeneid, Ulysses’ helmsman met his death here at the cape.

Maritime wildlife park Infreschi

The landscape of the Infreschi coastline is the gem of the National Park. A hiking tour takes you to bays with white beaches, high cliffs, grottos of fanciful forms and names as well as to the hinterland, which appears wild and untouched and is only crossed by cattle trails, amidst lush Mediterranean macchia. Refreshing breaks might be taken at the beaches of Cala Bianca and of Porto degli Infreschi, the latter a small natural harbor in the maritime wildlife park of Infreschi, where fishermen once used to seek shelter from storms.    

Walking along the Greco-Italian monks‘ trails

On the ancient trail from Camerota to Palinuro, which runs across old terraces, lie the chapel of San Antonio and the ruins of the former monastery of San Iconio (IXth –Xth century).  The high-altitude trail offers unique views of the Cilento coastline and the Palinuro headland. The hiking tour takes you through the centuries old olive grove of Vistieli.

Marcellino valley and Massete coastline

Marcellino valley with its wonderful beech woods is one of the most fascinating and most enchanting places of the area around the coastline of maritime wildlife park Infreschi. After crossing hills covered with olive and chestnut trees, passing small farms, you arrive at the untouched, narrow and lush valley. At its end lies the mystic sandy beach of Marcellino, where you can take a relaxing swim.

Monte Bulgheria plateau

The plateau – 6 km in length – of Monte Bulgheria (1,225 m a.s.l.) dominates the southern Cilento coast. On the plateau, where shepherds graze their sheep and goats, a WWF station has been erected. From the summit, you have got an overwhelming view of the Gulf of Policastro and of the mountains of Calabria stretching southwards. On days of high visibility, you can even see the Statue of Christ at Maratea.