The Cilento Coast: a guide to the best beaches



Embark on a journey through the beaches of the Cilento, where crystal-clear waters and unspoiled nature create an unforgettable experience.

  • La spiaggia Grande di Acciaroli
  • Veduta della spiaggia vicino al porto di Palinuro
  • La spiaggia di sabbia e la scogliera di Ascea Marina
  • La spiaggia La Calanca a Marina di Camerota
  • La spiaggia di Capo Grosso a Marina di Camerota
  • La spiaggia di Baia degli Infreschi a Marina di Camerota
  • Veduta della spiaggia della Fossa dell'Elice a Marina di Casal Velino
  • La spiaggia di Cala D'Arconte a Marina di Camerota

From the Gulf of Salerno to the Gulf of Policastro: the must-see beaches of Cilento.

The Cilento Coast is one of the jewels of southern Italy, characterized by its beautiful coastline that stretches for about 100 km. The beaches of Cilento are famous for their crystal-clear water and their fine golden sand. Many of them have been awarded the Blue Flag, an international recognition for the quality of services offered by seaside resorts. Among the most famous, the beach of Trentova in Agropoli offers a relaxing and family-friendly atmosphere, with many tourist facilities that guarantee a comfortable experience. The municipality of Pollica boasts some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the region. Among these, the renowned Acciaroli, with its 3 km of fine golden sand, bathed by crystal-clear waters. Here you can find numerous beach resorts that offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of all visitors. A short distance away are also the enchanting beaches of Pioppi, where the wild nature and the blue of the sea merge into a breathtaking landscape. In addition, the descents to the sea of "Fossa dell'Elice" and "Piani" in Casal Velino are a must for those who want to immerse themselves in a crystal-clear and unspoiled sea, away from the chaos of the most crowded beaches. Further south, the beach of Ascea is a perfect destination for nature lovers and relaxation. This stretch of coast offers an unspoiled natural environment, with beautiful golden sand that stretches for kilometers, surrounded by the typical Mediterranean vegetation of the area. The beach resorts are well-equipped and offer a wide range of services to make the holiday even more comfortable.

For those looking for a bit of adventure, Punta Telegrafo is a must-see: the numerous coves and hidden coves make this place perfect for exploring the coast in a completely immersed way in nature. If you are looking for a more wild and authentic sea experience, the beach of Cala Bianca, located south of Marina di Camerota, on the coast of Infreschi, is an ideal choice. In 2013 it was elected the most beautiful beach in Italy in the competition launched by Legambiente "La più bella sei tu". Surrounded by high cliffs and accessible only on foot or by boat, this beach offers an atmosphere of peace and tranquility surrounded by nature. There are no beach resorts here. It is reachable on foot through the Infreschi trail that starts from the Lentiscelle beach and runs along the entire coast; alternatively by sea through the numerous cooperatives that depart from the port of Marina di Camerota for the various coves south of Camerota. Just before Marina di Camerota, it is worth taking a boat trip along the coast of Palinuro. The trips usually depart from the port of the village and last about 3-4 hours. During the journey, you will be able to admire numerous coves and sea caves, such as the famous Blue Grotto, the Blood Grotto and the Bones Grotto. In addition, many tours include a stop at one of the many bays along the coast, such as the "Baia del Buon Dormire" and the Spiaggia della Molpa.

Going down further south, immediately after Marina di Camerota, is the "Costa della Masseta", located in the Infreschi marine protected area. Here you will find dream beaches, hidden coves with white pebbles and a rocky coast that will leave you speechless. You will discover the most famous beaches such as the beach of Marcellino, the beach of Resima, the beach of Gabbiani and the numerous enchanting caves to explore. To reach Costa della Masseta, you don't just need a car, you have to sail along the coast south of Scario. If you are an adventurer and want to test your skills, some Scario beaches can be reached via even very challenging trails starting from the Pianoro di Ciolandrea in San Giovanni a Piro.

The Cilento Coast is an authentic treasure of Southern Italy, a destination that attracts visitors for the beauty of its coastline, the clarity of its waters, and the variety of its beaches. From beaches awarded the Blue Flag to hidden coves among the rocks, the Cilento offers a unique seaside experience. Along the coast, it is possible to book a vacation in rented houses, bed and breakfasts, and other types of accommodation to fully enjoy the beauties of this region.

Where to stay near the most beautiful beaches in Cilento

Accommodations for holidays in Cilento.

Il Capriccio

apartments in Casal Velino

A first-floor apartment along the seafront of Casal Velino Marina. Recently renovated and can accommodate up to 6 people.

  • Rooms: 2
  • - Guests: 5
  • - Dist. from the beach (m.): 20
  • - Equipped kitchen
  • - Equipped terrace with sea view
  • - Linen on request for a fee
  • - Outdoor shower
  • - Parking
  • equipped kitchen
  • equipped terrace with sea view
  • linen on request for a fee
  • tv
  • outdoor shower
  • parking

B&B Josefine

Bed and Breakfast in Marina di Camerota

Rooms for rent in Marina di Camerota. Air-conditioned rooms with private bathroom. Parking and shuttle service to the partner beach...

  • - Dist. from the beach (m.): 800

from € to € per night

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  • air conditioners (for a fee)
  • breakfast
  • daily cleaning
  • en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle
  • midweek linen change
  • mini-bar
  • mosquito nets
  • room with fridge, coffee machine
  • tv
  • agreement with lido 2 km away
  • garden
  • reserved parking
  • room with furnished outdoor space
  • shuttle service to the lido (june and july)

Mare di Pioppi

apartments in Pioppi

Air-conditioned apartment for up to 4 people in Pioppi. Panoramic, with sea view, 400 meters from the center...

  • Rooms: 1
  • - Guests: 4
  • - Dist. from the beach (m.): 400
  • - Air conditioning
  • - Bathroom with shower cubicle
  • - Equipped kitchen
  • - Communal washing machine
  • - Furnished terrace with sea view
  • - Parking
  • - Shared barbecue
  • air conditioning
  • bathroom with shower cubicle
  • equipped kitchen
  • internet wi-fi
  • linen on request for a fee
  • pets allowed
  • tv
  • communal washing machine
  • furnished terrace with sea view
  • parking
  • shared barbecue
  • washrooms (2)

Residence Blue Marlin****

residences in Marina di Camerota

The Blue Marlin Tourist Residence**** offers newly built apartments in Marina di Camerota...

  • - Dist. from the beach (m.): 900

from € to € per night

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  • child_friendly
  • air conditioning on request (for a fee)
  • internet wi-fi
  • linen on request (for a fee)
  • phon
  • safe-deposit box
  • tv
  • washing machine
  • barbecue
  • equipped play area for children
  • outdoor spaces
  • parking
  • shuttle service to lentiscelle beach (on request)
  • sky pay-tv service
  • umbrella and two sunbeds at morrocoy lido

Where to stay near the most beautiful beaches in Cilento: view holiday homes, hotels, bed and breakfasts and farmhouses where you can spend your holidays.

The Cilento Coast: a guide to the best beaches: useful information

The best time to visit the beaches of Cilento is from May to September, when the temperatures are mild and the climate is dry and sunny. However, the beaches can be very crowded during the summer months, so if you prefer to avoid the crowds, I recommend planning your visit in the months of May, June, or September. In addition, it is important to know that some beaches are unspoiled and not equipped, so it is best to bring everything you need for your stay, such as food, water, and sunscreen. Beach resorts offer rental services for equipment such as umbrellas and deck chairs. I recommend exploring the less well-known beaches and hidden coves for a more authentic and less touristy experience. Also, make sure to respect the natural environment and do not leave any trash on the beach.

Cilento Park:

Geographic location

To reach Cilento, you have several options depending on your location and preferences. If you are traveling by car, you can take the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway and exit at Battipaglia, which is about 50 km from Cilento, and follow the signs for the area. If you prefer the train, there are several stations, such as Agropoli, Paestum, Vallo della Lucania, Ascea Marina, Centola, Pisciotta Marina, and Sapri. If you are traveling by plane, you can land at the Naples or Salerno airport and then take a train, bus, or rent a car to reach Cilento. Once in the area, renting a car is a great way to move around independently and visit the different attractions that Cilento has to offer, such as beaches, natural parks, and archaeological sites.

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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  • Nonno Pippino

    Bed and Breakfast in Casal Velino

    Enjoy a relaxing vacation in rooms with high-quality amenities and breakfast on a panoramic terrace with a wonderful sea view. Small pets are allowed....

    • Rooms: 3 -
    • Guests (max): 8 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 2500
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    apartments in Casal Velino

    Spacious apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a terrace with sea views....

    • Rooms: 2 -
    • Guests (max): 6 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 80
  • Nerea 3

    apartments in Casal Velino

    Holiday rental in Casal Velino Marina: air-conditioned apartment for 4 people with reserved parking space....

    • Rooms: 1 -
    • Guests (max): 4 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 100
  • Villa Paola

    villas in Casal Velino

    Luxuriously appointed accommodation with fine finishes, accommodating up to 6 guests. Features a garden and barbecue area....

    • Rooms: 2 -
    • Guests (max): 6 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 2500
  • Casa Arturo 2

    apartments in Casal Velino

    Ground floor apartment accommodates up to 6 people. Also available for weekends in low season....

    • Rooms: 2 -
    • Guests (max): 6 -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 100
  • Stella

    villas in Casal Velino

    Three-room and two-room apartments able to accommodate up to 6 people. The apartments are equipped with an equipped kitchen, TV and parking space....

    • Rooms: -
    • Guests (max): -
    • Dist. from the beach (m.): 80

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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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