National Park of Cilento
The National Park of Cilento, Vallo of Diano and Alburni is the second largest park in Italy. It stretches from the Tyrrhenian coast to the foot of the Apennines in Campania and Basilicata, and it includes the peaks of Alburni Mountains, Cervati and Gelbison and the coastal buttresses of Mt. Bulgheria and Mt. Stella.
The extraordinary naturalistic richness of the heterogeneous territory goes hand in hand with the mythical and mysterious character of a land rich in history and culture: from the call of the nymph Leucosia to the beaches where Palinuro left Aeneas, from the ruins of the Greek colonies of Elea and Paestum to the wonderful Charterhouse of Padula. And everything else you can find in such an unexplored territory.
The National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano houses many animal species. Their undisputed queen is undoubtedly the golden eagle that nests on the highest peaks. But, other birds fly over the territory of the Park, including peregrine falcons, buzzards, sparrow hawk and owl. The territory is also inhabited by wolves, wild boars, foxes, martens, badgers, weasels and other mammals that bear witness to the progressive enrichment of the ecosystem of the Park.
Equally, important is the floral heritage of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo of Diano. The approximately three thousand plant species found associated in a mosaic of plant landscapes ranging from the rich and varied Mediterranean scrub to the coastal pine forests of Aleppo pine and so on.
Visit the Park of Cilento and Vallo of Diano certainly it does not take just one excursion, so I recommend it as an exclusive destination for a regenerating nature’s trip.
Palinuro is one of the most appreciated tourist’s seaside resorts of the Cilento. The crystal clear sea, the many sandy beaches and the central location in the Cilento National Park make Palinuro an ideal place to spend the summer holidays where there are numerous resorts and tourist villages on the sea as well as the areas equipped for camping.
Among the olive trees and the crystal clear blue sea, Palinuro has always fascinated travelers of all times, like the poet Virgilio.
Among the most beautiful beaches of Cilento there are the beaches of Palinuro, wide and sandy, as well as Blue Flags awarded beaches. Among the most recognized beaches of Palinuro there are the Saline Beach, Dune Beach and the Beach of Arco Naturale. The most famous is the Buondormire (Good Sleep) Beach, accessible only by sea.
My suggestion: you cannot spend the holidays in Palinuro without take a trip to the caves of Capo Palinuro, that have nothing to envy to the Blue Grotto of Capri.
By night, Palinuro becomes a pedestrian area with bars, night clubs, ice cream shops and various attractions as well as typical restaurants where you can taste sea food dishes and typical Cilento cuisine.
One of the most important events in Palinuro is for sure The Myth Night, which falls on August 23rd of each year and celebrates the passage of ships running from the city of Troy. One of the many opportunities to have fun on the beach between nightly swimming and camping.
The Capo Palinuro lighthouse is worth visiting especially for the magnificent panorama that opens in front of you. It is the second highest in Italy over 70 meters.
Therefore, Palinuro is one of the most sought-after summer destinations of Cilento, ideal place for those who want to relax at one of the many tourist villages, but it is also the ideal destination for those who love to get around in a group and have fun together.
HOW TO GET TO PALINURO: Palinuro is located in the heart of Cilento and is the third largest town you meet coming from the South. It is 10 km from Marina di Camerota and 37 km from Sapri.
HOW TO GET TO BY TRAIN: Palinuro is connected to major cities of Campania such as Naples and Salerno thanks to the Salerno-Reggio Calabria railway network. The train station stop is Pisciotta-Palinuro, which is 8 km from the city center.
HOW TO GET TO PALINURO BY CAR:
From North: for those coming from Milan, Rome and Naples take the Highway A3 Salerno - Reggio Calabria and exit at Battipaglia. Continue on the SS18 towards Agropoli / Vallo della Lucania and then the still SS 18 direction Futani.
Exit then at Poderia and from there proceed towards Palinuro on the SS 562 which runs along the river Mingardo.
From South: for those coming from Calabria or Bari, from the A3 Salerno — Reggio Calabria, exit at Buonabitacolo and continue on the SS 517. Once in Policastro Bussentino turn right and take the SS 18; continuing on this road exit at Poderia and from there proceed towards Palinuro on the SS 562 which runs along the river Mingardo.
PALINURO BY SEA: Palinuro is also accessible by boat from Salerno thanks to the Sea subway.
WHAT TO SEE IN PALINURO
Walk and relax on Good Night Beach.
Boat trips to the sea caves of Capo Palinuro.
Diving in Capo Palinuro.
Going on vacation to Palinuro without take a boat excursion to the caves is really unforgivable.
With stalagmites and remains of prehistoric animals, the most popular is the Blue Grotto, then there is the Blood Grotto where the waters take on mostly reddish shades and the Monks Grotto, characterized by limestone formations that recall the appearance of “monks".
Among the interesting things to do in Palinuro there is a very curious rock shaped like a Rabbit! An islet topped by a thick forest that resembles a lying rabbit.
The caves are also the ideal place for diving.
After spending the time in the tourist villages and sea camps and have walked on the most beautiful beaches of Palinuro, you'll definitely want to find out what are the other things to see in Palinuro and surroundings.