Nestled on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Palinuro holidays are some way off the beaten track – all the better to enjoy the natural beauty and cultural heritage that make it a perfect getaway at any time of the year. Situated in the southern part of the Cilento National Park, Palinuro is a charming coastal village with an 18th-century fountain and a pretty church.
The standout here, however, is the waterfront, with stretches of sandy beach that lead to some of the coast’s clearest water. Holidays to Palinuro offer extraordinary caves and rock formations to explore by swimming, diving or on boat trips, including areas that, according to legend, are the homes of mermaids. In the evening, Palinuro is a lovely spot for a traditional ‘passeggiata’ – evening stroll – before heading to one of the many restaurants for an authentic meal – and quite possibly a gelato.
Climb the lighthouse
Palinuro has the second tallest lighthouse in Italy. At 70 metres, this towering 19th-century edifice offers sweeping views for those who hike up to it.
Lounge by the sea
Several sandy beaches, like the one at Arco Naturale, attract visitors, inviting them to bathe in the exceptionally clean water that makes Palinuro a favourite destination.
Hike Molpa Hill
The hills overlooking the water offer a change of pace for visitors who want to stretch their legs to enjoy the peaceful natural settings and hear of local legends.