Hiking and biking in the Cilento: a guide to the best trails

Cilento

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Day trips to discover the hidden corners of the Cilento

  • Le cascate dei Capelli di Venere a Casaletto Spartano
  • Il percorso panoramico di Apprezzami L'Asino a Sapri
  • La Grotta dell'Acqua lungo il sentiero della Masseta a Scario
  • Le Gole del Calore in località Remolino a Felitto
  • Il ponte a schiena d'asino di Laurino sul fiume Calore

Discover the Cilento on foot and by bicycle: enchanting itineraries and breathtaking landscapes.

The Cilento is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of trails and routes that allow you to explore its unspoiled nature. Whether you prefer to walk or cycle, you will find numerous itineraries that will take you to discover breathtaking landscapes and hidden places. One of the most evocative routes is the Monte Stella trail, which will take you to the top of this mountain, giving you a spectacular panoramic view of the Gulf of Salerno and the Cilento coast. It is an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and hikers. If you are passionate about canyons and rivers, you cannot miss the trail of the "Gole del Calore" in Felitto. Along this route, you can walk through the gorges of the Calore River, admiring the imposing rocks sculpted by water and enjoying the natural pools for a refreshing bath.

In the suggestive slope of Rofrano, there is a fascinating itinerary along the Mingardo River, immersed in a lush vegetation of alders and oaks. Along the route, you can admire the majesty of the Forra dell'Emmisi, characterized by mirrors of water that reflect between the rocky walls dotted with centuries-old trees. Near Vibonati, it is worth exploring the evocative "Sentiero delle sughere", a path characterized by the presence of large cork oaks. Crossing lush chestnut and oak forests, it will take you to Ispani and Santa Marina, offering you breathtaking views along the entire route. Staying in the lower Cilento, the Cammino di San Nilo is an exciting experience that combines spirituality and religious history with the discovery of wild nature and immersion in local traditions. A journey of about 100 km that starts in the village of Torraca and winds through enchanting places such as Casaletto Spartano, Morigerati, Caselle in Pittari, Rofrano, Montano Antilia, San Mauro La Bruca, to end in the beautiful location of Palinuro. The wild nature surrounding the path is simply breathtaking. The trails cross lush forests, green slopes, sparkling rivers and panoramic views that capture the soul of every hiker.

The Monte Gelbison trail is another must-see itinerary that starts from Novi Velia and takes you to the top of Monte Gelbison, the second highest peak in the Cilento after Monte Cervati. This route crosses a spectacular mountain landscape, offering you breathtaking views of the coast and the plain below. If you want a panoramic walk that culminates with a breathtaking view of the sea, the San Marco di Castellabate trail is for you. It will take you to Punta Licosa, a tongue of land that extends into the sea and offers a truly evocative setting. There are also trails suitable for everyone, such as the sentiero degli Innamorati di Ascea Marina, which crosses the Mediterranean scrub offering spectacular views of the Cilento coast and the Gulf of Velia.

Other fascinating routes include the Palinuro Primula trail, a journey of about six hours that takes you through towers, forts, beaches, rocky cliffs with caves and archaeological areas. The "Apprezzami L'Asino" trail in Sapri is a 10-kilometer route that starts from the port of Sapri and arrives at the Torre Di Mezzanotte, on the border with Basilicata. The trail of the Pozzo dell'Uva Nera in Pioppi and the trail of the Masseta in Scario. One of the most famous routes to go by bike, on the other hand, is "La Via Silente", a route of over 100 kilometers that crosses forests, mountains and rural landscapes. These are just a few examples of trails that you can explore in the Cilento. Each route offers a unique experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty and variety of landscapes of this region.

Planning a Cilento vacation? You'll find a wide variety of accommodation to suit your needs. From cozy farmhouses in the countryside to apartments in charming villages, to villas with stunning sea views, you'll have plenty of options to choose from. With the right accommodation, you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of this region.

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Hiking and biking in the Cilento: a guide to the best trails: useful information

Exploring the Cilento is an exciting experience at any time of year, but there are some seasons that offer a particularly evocative atmosphere. Spring and autumn, in particular, offer pleasant days and moderate temperatures. A short stay of 3-4 days may be enough to appreciate the wonders of this land. However, if you want to live a more authentic experience and deepen your knowledge of the national park, we recommend planning a longer stay, of at least a week or more. The Official Guides of the Cilento National Park accompany and guide hikers and tourists along the trails of the Park.

Cilento Park: www.cilentoediano.it

Geographic location

There are several options for getting to the Cilento. By car: you can take the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway, exit at Battipaglia and then follow the signs for the Cilento. By train: you can take the train to the stations of Agropoli, Paestum, Vallo della Lucania, Ascea Marina, Centola and Sapri. If you want to arrive by plane, you can take a flight to Naples or Salerno airport, and then take a train or bus to the Cilento. Once you are in the Cilento, you can follow the local roads to reach your specific destination within the region. Make sure you have a map or navigation system to help you during your journey. The roads in the Cilento can be scenic and winding, so be careful driving and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Distance from Salerno: 55 km, approximately 1 hour by car
Distance from Naples: 100 km, approximately 1 hour and 48 minutes by car

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Towns to visit in Cilento

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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