A cape shrouded in legend and a spectacular landscape
The Cape of Palinuro is one of the scenic highlights along the Cilento coast.
The chalk cliffs rising steeply from the sea are impressive. Dreamy bays and wide sandy beaches surround the cape.
According to Virgil´s ancient legend, Aeneas´ unfortunate helmsman Palinuro fell overboard close to the coast, giving his name to the Cape.
Sea grottoes, bathing and diving paradise
For Italians Palinuro is the most famous seaside resort of the Cilento, especially due to its more than 30 sea grottoes; Stone-age blades made of flint stone and fossils of pre ice-age animals were found in some of them, which is an indication for the early settlement of the Cilento.
5 of them can be visited by boat, the rest is only accessible for divers. Especially Grotta Azurra can bear comparison with the famous blue grotto of Capri. The other grottoes are accessible only for divers. Several local diving schools offer equipment and excursions.
Due to the clean sandy beaches stretching for kilometres on end and the crystal clear water, Palinuro is a fantastic area for those enthusiastic about swimming in the sea.
The most scenic beach is to be found at the "Arco Naturale", a natural rock arch; the Baia del Buondormire conveys a touch of the Caribbean.
Various possibilities for active holidays
Numerous shops and boutiques, good restaurants and many sporting facilities make Palinuro an altogether inviting holiday resort.
Hikers can start onto several scenic tours, e.g. right onto the Cape or along the marked trail Sentiero S. Iconio, which offers beautiful views of the Cape of Palinuro.
Your possibilities for sports: bathing, hiking, cycling, diving, horse riding, tennis, mountain biking, etc.
Next train station: Pisciotta-Palinuro.
Public transport: The interurban busses of the Infante-Domenico & Co will take you from Palinuro to the towns of Pisciotta, Marina di Camerota and Camerota.