Santa Maria di Castellabate is the largest hamlet of Castellabate, a charming town of Cilento, overlooking the sea and the marina. If you have chosen to come here in Castellabate, you have chosen the right place to relax away from the frenetic city, enjoy the sun, the sea and the food of the Cilento. You don’t know where to start? Here the top 3 things to do if you are in Castellabate.
Castellabate beaches: Santa Maria di Castellabate beaches belong to a protected marine air of Cilento and are among the most beautiful beaches in Italy, awarded annually by the Blue Flag. If you come here, you can swim in the crystal clear waters of Punta Licosa beach, with golden sand and the sea with rocky seabed rich in fauna and flora, ideal for scuba diving. Another beach, loved by all the tourists who choose Cilento for their holidays, is Lago di Castellabate beach, one of the largest beach in Castellabate, which extends close to the rugged cliffs and is bounded by Punta Tresino, a promontory which attracts trekking lovers.
The old town of Castellabate: it is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and it became famous for being the set of a famous Italian movie, “Benvenuti al Sud”. You can lose yourself among the alleys and stairways of the old town, visit the Castle of the Abbot, the Pontifical Basilica and Palazzo Perrotti. Enjoy the peace of the harbor “Le gatte” in Santa Maria di Castellabate and the Villa Matarazzo pine forest coolness, where many cultural and summer music events take place.
The Castellabate food: Cilento is famous for both sea typical products and land ones. Enjoy a red Cilento wine glass with the “Soppressata di Gioi” and “olive ammaccatelle”, taste the marinated, fried or stuffed “alici di menaica”. Enjoy the cavatelli, a typical hand made pasta, with Cacioricotta or the “Ciambotta”, a delicious mix of stewed vegetables.