Italy : Campania

Coastal Cilento Walk

Trip code: W08CT 4.7 (3 reviews)

Self-guided walking

8 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Discover the UNESCO recognised Cilento National Park - crystal clear seas, dramatic coastline, pristine sandy beaches, the spectacular Grotta Azzurra
  • Visit the ancient Greek city of Paestum and its perfectly preserved temples
  • Authentic and untouched Southern Italy, with spectacular scenery to rival the nearby Amalfi Coast

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walk transfers on days 2, 4 and 6
  • Transfer to Centola railway station on day 9

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Stretching across 65 miles of coastline and bordering the more widely recognized Amalfi Coast, the stunning Cilento National Park - one of Italy's largest nature reserves - still packs as much of a punch as its famous neighbour. This is true and authentic Southern Italy, with a glorious coastline boasting a dramatic beauty of rocky ridges set between small, picturesque inlets and richly scented pinewoods standing sentinel to wide sandy beaches whilst crystal-blue waters lap at pristine shores. Scenic ridges and panoramic headlands dotted with watchtowers are blessed with far reaching vistas - even as far as Sicily on clear days.

Your discovery begins in Paestum, home to the UNESCO 7th century Greek temples, before we take you past old rural chapels, ancient watermills and charming, medieval villages, where time has seemingly stood still, to Marina di Camerota. Explore Acciaroli, a traditional fishing village loved by Hemingway, follow an age-old path to enchanting Infreschi Bay and take a boat trip to the Grotta Azzurra, Cilento's undiscovered version of Capri's famous sea cave.

The area is famous for its delicious olive oil, white figs, buffalo mozzarella and the artichoke of Paestum, all of which you can enjoy sampling!



Terrain

Moderate walking, with frequent ascents and descents, some of which are steep. The walking is mainly on coastal paths and gravel trails although there are some sections on quiet country lanes. Most paths are well maintained, but these may get overgrown over the course of the season. Routes along the coast are exposed to the sun. You need to be a reasonably fit and confident walker and walking poles are strongly recommended.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: ARRIVE IN PAESTUM

Arrive in Paestum. Explore the UNESCO Greek ruins and renowned archaeological museum before dinner (included).

You stay at Hotel Villa Rita.

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HOTEL VILLA RITA, PAESTUM

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Situated in the countryside just outside Paestum, Villa Rita is conveniently located close to the railway station and the famous UNESCO temples. It has a modern elegance and a cosy restaurant as well as an outdoor swimming pool set within an oasis of tranquil leafy gardens. Rooms are contemporary and airy, with amenities including Wi-Fi and air conditioning.



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Day 2: PAESTUM / AGROPOLI TO ROCCA CILENTO (14km/8.7mi)

Take the train to Agropoli (6 mins; payable locally) with its charming medieval centro storico and panoramic Aragonese castle, then set off along the pristine headland of Punta Tresino, passing through a lush Mediterranean landscape of forest and scrub, with lovely views of the Gulf of Salerno over to Capri. Pass medieval watchtowers with fantastic sea views before descending to the golden sands at Lago and on to the charming fishing harbour at Santa Maria di Castellabate, where we meet you and take you (30 mins) to your hotel high in the mountains in the fortified village of Rocca Cilento (stay on HB).

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You stay at Antico Convento.

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ANTICO CONVENTO B&B, ROCCA CILENTO

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Located in the medieval village of Rocca Cilento, the friendly, family run Antico Convento is housed in a former convent. Rooms are rustic yet cosy with ensuite facilties, whilst there's a shared lounge and terrace where guests can enjoy a morning coffee. Your stay at the B&B includes a home cooked evening meal.


DAY 3: VALLE DEI MULINI LOOP WALK (13km/8.1mi)

Explore the Valley of the Mills today following parts of an historic route that connected this valley to the ancient Greek cities of Paestum and Velia. Enjoy far reaching views as you cross the ridge to the tiny and perfectly preserved medieval village of Lustra before descending into the 'Valle dei Mulini', spotting the ruins of ancient mills as you go. An undulating path across the valley leads you to the intriguing, abandoned village of Massacanina, before a short but steep climb takes you back onto the ridge and past the monastery of Mercato Cilento. Continue, with wonderful surrounding views, back to Rocca Cilento (stay on HB).

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You stay at Antico Convento.

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ANTICO CONVENTO B&B, ROCCA CILENTO

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


Located in the medieval village of Rocca Cilento, the friendly, family run Antico Convento is housed in a former convent. Rooms are rustic yet cosy with ensuite facilties, whilst there's a shared lounge and terrace where guests can enjoy a morning coffee. Your stay at the B&B includes a home cooked evening meal.


Day 4: ROCCA CILENTO/PERDIFUMO TO ACCIAROLI / SAN MARCO DI CASTELLABATE (20km/12.4mi)

After a transfer (15 mins) to Perdifumo, head through chestnut forest to a panoramic ridge, where there are stunning, sweeping views from Capri and the Amalfi Coast to Capo Palinuro, and sometimes even as far as the island of Stromboli in Sicily. You pass an abandoned fortress that dates back to pre-Roman times before reaching the Virgin of Monte Stella chapel on the mountain summit (1131m). From here, a long descent towards the coast takes you through several medieval villages, all beautifully located on hilltops overlooking the sea. End the walk at the pretty fishing village of Acciaroli, one of Ernest Hemingway's favourite places. Relax on the sandy beach before we meet you and take you (30 mins) to the village of San Marco di Castellabate, where you stay for the next two nights (BB).

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You stay at Hotel Hermitage.

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Hotel Hermitage, San Marco di Castellabate

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Bank
Cash machine
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Pool
Hairdryer
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe


Offering an outdoor pool and sun terrace with lovely views over the coastline, the Hotel Hermitage sits peacefully amongst gardens on the edge of the village of San Marco di Castellabate. It comes with a bar, restaurant and tennis courts, whilst the bedrooms are traditionally decorated in blue tones with ensuite facilities and air conditioning.

Day 5: PUNTA LICOSA LOOP WALK (15km/9.3mi)

Said to be Cilento's land's end and the mythical resting place of the siren Leucosia in Homer's Odyssey, Punta Licosa is a truly enchanting spot, where the sea breeze makes the trees magically 'dance'. Make your way through Mediterranean maquis and pine forest up to the ridge with views as far as Calabria on a fine day. Then descend towards the coast and onwards, to the very tip of the headland. A beautiful coastal path dotted with ancient watchtowers brings you back to the picturesque harbour of San Marco (BB).

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You stay at Hotel Hermitage.

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Hotel Hermitage, San Marco di Castellabate

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
Pool
Hairdryer
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe


Offering an outdoor pool and sun terrace with lovely views over the coastline, the Hotel Hermitage sits peacefully amongst gardens on the edge of the village of San Marco di Castellabate. It comes with a bar, restaurant and tennis courts, whilst the bedrooms are traditionally decorated in blue tones with ensuite facilities and air conditioning.

Day 6: PALINURO LOOP WALK (15km/9.3mi)

We drop you off in Palinuro (1hr 15), then you have the day at leisure. Walk up to the lighthouse for sweeping views of Palinuro and the Cilento Coast, before descending to the beautiful sandy Marinella beach. There's the option to extend the walk to the ruins of the medieval castle on Molpa Hill for a truly spectacular panorama. Alternatively, take a boat tour to the 'Grotta Azzurra', Cilento's undiscovered version of Capri's famous sea cave blessed with luminous blue waters. (Stay on BB)

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You stay at Albergo Santa Caterina.

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Albergo Santa Caterina, Palinuro

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With a prime location on Palinuro's high street, just a short stroll from the piazzetta, the Albergo Santa Caterina boasts lovely sea views over the gulf from its panoramic terrace. It has some fantastic facilities, including a wellness centre, a restaurant and panoramic bar. Rooms here are spacious with brightly coloured majolica tiled floors and pastel coloured furnishings, and are equipped with air conditioning, safe and minibar.

Day 7: PALINURO TO MARINA DI CAMEROTA (16km/9.9mi)

Climb into the hills with spectacular views over the blue Mediterranean. Walk through forest and scrubland, past the ruins of farmsteads and the medieval chapel of San Cono, before descending, with sweeping vistas, back to the coast and a spectacular trail, lined with several lovely beaches, to the charming village of Marina di Camerota, with its clear South American influence. (Stay on BB)

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You stay at BB Casa di Paolo.

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B&B Casa di Paolo, Marina di Camerota

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Bank
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Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


Decorated throughout with the vibrant Vietri tiles that are so typical in this area, the B&B Casa di Paolo offers comfortable, spacious rooms complete with air conditioning and coffee making machine. There's space at the B&B to relax in the garden and it also benefits from its own bar. It is perfectly situated near the village centre, the port and the beaches of Marina di Camerota.

Day 8: MARINA DI CAMEROTA TO INFRESCHI BAY (distance doubled if walking back) (7km/4.3mi)

A shorter walk today but spectacular throughout, taking you along one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in Italy, the Costa degli Infreschi. Follow the ancient footpath as it meanders past a series of natural caves, deserted beaches and sleepy inlets to Infreschi Bay, a natural harbour used by the Romans for its protection from the elements. Retrace your steps back to the hotel or return by boat.(Stay on BB)

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You stay at BB Casa di Paolo.

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B&B Casa di Paolo, Marina di Camerota

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


Decorated throughout with the vibrant Vietri tiles that are so typical in this area, the B&B Casa di Paolo offers comfortable, spacious rooms complete with air conditioning and coffee making machine. There's space at the B&B to relax in the garden and it also benefits from its own bar. It is perfectly situated near the village centre, the port and the beaches of Marina di Camerota.

Day 9: LEAVE MARIA DI CAMEROTA

Departure from Maria di Camerota after breakfast.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £254.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £254.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Naples with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
Out: British Airways London Heathrow to Naples, then train Naples Centrale to Paestum, transfer to hotel 5 minutes Return: Transfer to Centola train station, then rail Centola to Naples Centrale, then British Airways Naples to London Heathrow

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Organisation, locations and accommodation was excellent. Parts of the walk were harder than described, notes were not very good , app was excellent

Julie Nankivell, 5 May 2024

 

We were so impressed with the organization of our holiday. The first time we used Headwater it took us a few days to believe that our luggage would be at our hotel when we arrived. No doubts this year. The staff at all the hotels was helpful and friendly. The walking was great, though hilly - we should have looked at the itinerary more carefully before we left?! We loved it. Already thinking about where to go next year. Thank you.

Carol Newton, 4 May 2024

 

An excellent holiday in a less visited part of Italy. The area is hilly and the walks excellent. Because they are not too long there is plenty of time to cope with hills at your own speed. We took this holiday in Spring and appreciated the sunny mild weather and abundant wild flowers.

John Edwards, 3 Apr 2024

 


Self-guided walking

8 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

Headwater
Navigation App

8 nights from £1099

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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