Capo Palinuro's 35 caves: a speleomarine wonderland



Capo Palinuro's marine life: a Treasure trove of biodiversity

  • Gita in barca all'ingresso della Grotta Azzurra a Palinuro
  • La Grotta delle Ossa a Palinuro
  • Le grotte marine nell'ultimo tratto di costa di Palinuro
  • A Palinuro in uno dei tratti costieri più belli della Campania
  • Le grotte marine che si possono esplorare durante una visita a Palinuro
  • All'ingresso di una grotta marina a Palinuro
  • Le barche dei turisti in visita alle grotte marine di Palinuro
  • Visita alla Grotta Azzurra di Palinuro
  • La grotta Azzurra a Palinuro
  • Le imponenti scogliere che si ergono verticalmente sopra il mare di Palinuro

From May to October you can take part in guided tours of the sea caves or scuba dive from Capo Palinuro to Marina di Camerota.

Capo Palinuro is a characteristic limestone promontory that mostly juts out into the sea with some depressed areas that lap the surface of the sea. Its perimeter is delineated by imposing rocky walls that from heights that in some points exceed 200 meters above sea level continues below the surface of the sea for about 50 meters with stunning walls rich in life. Known since the epic deeds narrated in the Aeneid by Virgil, this coastal stretch that stretches into the southern Tyrrhenian Sea represents one of the natural jewels of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park. A splendid coastal view thanks to the continuous succession of coves, caves and beaches of unique beauty, it hides faunistic treasures thanks to the persistence of an uncontaminated marine environment: characteristic blooms of red coral, yellow, green and red gorgonians, and again lobsters and crabs, groupers, dentex and red mullet.

The particular consistency of the rocky mass has favored the karst phenomenon and erosion, phenomena also accentuated by the presence of sulfurous waters and hydrothermal springs that have created an extremely diversified environment with a high number of submerged cavities: the 35 caves of Palinuro in fact represent one of the main centers of speleomarine interest in Europe. Among these wonders, the best known and also the most visited is the "Grotta Azzurra", 85 meters long and 90 meters wide, which is located at the height of Cala Guarracini and crosses the northern part of Palinuro. Characterized by a turquoise color load resulting from the refraction of sunlight filtering from an opening in depth and uniquely paints these rocky walls rich in alabaster flows and stalactite-stalagmitic columns. Another very well-known cave is the "D'Argento" that is located further south, at Cala Lanterna, whose walls reflect the color of the precious metal that the water takes on due to the mixing of sea water with dense sulfurous water. Among the others, let us also remember the "Grotta dei Monaci", so called for the numerous stalagmite formations that recall the likeness of a group of monks in prayer, the "Prehistoric Cave or of the Bones", whose fossil sediments testify to the frequentation of primitive men, the "Grotta del Sangue", so called for the intense red that ignites on its walls, and the "Grotta Sulfurea" where the hydrothermal phenomenon characteristic of the marine cavities of Palinuro becomes more evident and perceptible. In addition to the caves, Palinuro is also a great place to enjoy the beach, swim, snorkel, and dive. There are many different beaches to choose from, ranging from secluded coves to sandy stretches with amenities such as restaurants and bars. If you're looking for a place to stay in Palinuro, there are plenty of options to choose from, including hotels, apartments, and villas. You can also find camping grounds and bed and breakfasts in the area. From Palinuro, you can also easily explore other parts of the Cilento region. The Cilento is a beautiful coastal region with many villages, towns, and archaeological sites to visit.

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Capo Palinuro's 35 caves: a speleomarine wonderland: useful information

The visit to the caves is organized by private operators and the cooperative of the port of Palinuro. During the summer season, the cooperative organizes excursions that allow visitors to visit the main caves on the coast, or alternatively, just the Grotta Azzurra. Boats depart every thirty minutes, with the first departure at 9:00 a.m. and the last at 6:00 p.m. A short stop is also included for swimming near the Baia del Buon Dormire. The itineraries and hours may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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Geographic location

Palinuro is reachable from the north by taking the A3 SA/RC motorway to the Battipaglia exit, where you enter the SS 18 Tirrena Inferiore. Continue on the SS 18 in the direction of Agropoli/Vallo della Lucania and then on the SS 18 variant in the direction of Futani. You need to exit at Poderia and then proceed in the direction of Palinuro. The nearest train station is in Centola. In the summer, the Centola urban shuttle service is active, serving the entire Palinuro area. The nearest airport to Palinuro is Naples International Airport, which is located about 200 kilometers from the town. There are direct flights to Naples from all major Italian cities. From Naples Airport, you can take a taxi or a bus to the Naples Centrale train station. From there, you can take a train to Centola.

Distance from Naples: 200 km, approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes by car
Distance from Salerno: 122 km, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes by car
Railway station: Centola, 6 km

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    apartments in Palinuro

    Budget-friendly 3-person holiday home. Large furnished porch, outdoor areas and parking....

    • Rooms: 1 -
    • Guests (max): 3 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 900
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    Independent villa on a single level of approximately 100 square meters plus 40 square meters of terrace. Equipped with all the comforts: linen, air conditioning, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, internet, reserved parking....

    • Rooms: 2 -
    • Guests (max): 8 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 8000
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    residences in Palinuro

    Studios and one-bedroom apartments for 2 to 5 people and three-bedroom apartments up to 7 people. Beach service at a partner beach with shuttle bus....

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    • Guests (max): 250 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 1500

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Cilento is a region rich in natural landscapes and history, and its villages are a testimony to its beauty. There are towns on the sea, such as Acciaroli, Palinuro and Marina di Camerota, where it is possible to enjoy the beach and the crystal clear sea. Other towns such as Castellabate, Casal Velino and Pollica are located on the hills and offer breathtaking panoramic views of the coast.

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