Palinuro is located in the heart of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park. Palinuro is a renowned seaside destionation in southern Cilento, with an untouched coastline offering wonderful beaches with white sand and rocks, inlets, bays, and marine caves. Palinuro is part of the Centola hamlet, in the province of Salerno, Campania and it is extending on the small peninsula of Capo Palinuro.
This vacations destination in Italy is famous for its scenic beauty between crystal clear sea and caves, some of which can be visited by boat while others only by diving. It is protected by green hills of olive trees and crossed by the Lambro and Mingardo rivers. The origins of the village date back to Greek times and it had an interesting history, passing through different ownership until an increase both in urban and housing development following the Saracen raids and the decline of nearby Molpa, during the Norman occupation.
The history and myth of Palinuro
The history of Palinuro is linked to Greek mythology. According to legend, Palinuro was the helmsman of the Greek navigator Aeneas, who on his journey to the promised land (Italy) stopped in Palinuro's bay. During a storm, Aeneas fell asleep and Palinuro, distracted by the beauty of the place, let himself be distracted by the sirens and fell into the sea, drowning.
The legend also tells that his body was thrown on the coast of Palinuro, where a cave took his name and became a sacred place. The city of Palinuro took its name from the helmsman and became an important maritime and commercial center during the Roman period.
Moreover, according to mythology, the cave of Palinuro would have been used as a refuge by Aeneas and his companions during their flight from Troy.
Today, the town of Palinuro is famous for its unspoiled beaches and natural beauty, attracting many tourists every year.
Experience Palinuro during your holidays in Southern Italy
Palinuro is characterized by a mild climate and a low rate of rainfall. Summers are warm and winters mild, making the low season, between June and September, the ideal time to visit the city. During this period, there is less influx of tourists and you can enjoy the sea and beaches in tranquility. On the other hand, July and August are the busiest and most chaotic months.
The economy of Palinuro is strongly linked to beach tourism, thanks to the beauty of the sea and the grandeur of the coasts and marine caves. Commerce is also well-developed due to the intensity of the tourist movement.
The local cuisine offers a wide range of typical dishes, many of which are based on fish but also on land, rich in flavors and ingredients such as legumes, cheeses, and cured meats like caciocavallo, cacioricotta, pancetta and sausage. Among the local dishes not to be missed are the spaghetti with Menaica anchovies and bread crumbs, a simple but tasty dish. There are many inns and pizzerias in the city center, but also restaurants along the beaches and near the port for fish lovers.
During the summer, the nightlife in Palinuro is very lively, with discos, clubs and discos in the city center, along the beaches and even set in some caves, where you can have fun until the early morning light.
How to get Palinuro and move on Cilento Coast
Palinuro is easily accessible by both car and train. The city is only 10 km from Marina di Camerota and 37 km from Sapri, and the Pisciotta-Palinuro railway station, located 5 km from the city center, is well connected to Naples and Salerno via regional trains. Those who choose to travel by car can use the A2 Mediterranean motorway, exiting at Battipaglia from the north or at Buonabitacolo from the south, then continue on the SS 18 and SS 562 to reach Palinuro. Additionally, you can also reach Palinuro by sea from Salerno with the Metrò del Mare. Once arrived, it is possible to move comfortably by foot or by bicycle, or use shuttles and boats for excursions.
Palinuro: what to know and what to visit
Palinuro is a tourist destination located on the peninsula of the same name, famous for its unspoiled beaches and picturesque marine caves. Among the most famous beaches is Buon Dormire, accessible only by sea, with emerald green waters and a view of the Rabbit Rock. The Port beach is very crowded and suitable for children, while the Natural Arch beach is characterized by the presence of sand and rock and the famous rocky construction that characterizes it.
In addition to the beaches and caves, Palinuro also offers interesting cultural attractions such as the Palinuro Antiquarium, which collects archaeological finds of obsidian dating back 6,000 years ago and the remains of an ancient prehistoric settlement, and the Museum of Testimonies of the Memory of the Municipality, which preserves the history of the territory. Also, don't miss the opportunity to admire the 18th century Fountain, an example of rural architecture built in the rural style, with three extensions in the shape of petals, a particular pastel color painting and a cavity from which water flows. Among the things to visit in Palinuro there is certainly the Lighthouse and the Meteorological Station in the Belvedere area.
What to do in Palinuro: events, entertainment, and celebrations
Palinuro is a town rich in events, especially during the summer season. Among the most anticipated events in Palinuro are the Centola Sausage Festival and the San Severino Prosciutto Festival, the San Raffaele fair and numerous religious festivals such as the Feast of Saint Anthony in September. For shoppers, the city offers a wide choice of local crafts, including ceramics, shells and wooden objects, including the famous pipes. Most of the craft shops are located along Via Indipendenza, while for Outlet lovers there is the famous Cilento Outlet, located a short distance from the city center.
At night, the center of the town turns into a pedestrian area full of bars, pubs and discos where to have fun until the early morning light. Some discos are even set in caves, along the beaches. For sports and excursion enthusiasts, we recommend exploring the Cilento National Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve and Geopark, where you can admire many naturalistic and animal species, including the famous primula. Do not miss the opportunity to take a boat trip in Palinuro to discover the numerous caves and to reach Capo Palinuro, a limestone rock cliff on the sea. For diving enthusiasts, the seabed offers breathtaking views.
3 best accommodations in Palinuro, Campania
There are several options for accommodation in Palinuro, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, apartments for rent, vacation homes and campsites.
Hotels in Palinuro offer a wide range of accommodations, from standard rooms to luxury suites, with amenities such as pools, restaurants, bars and private beaches.
Bed and breakfasts in Palinuro are a great choice for those looking for a more authentic and familial experience, offering cozy rooms and often including breakfast.
Apartments for rent in Palinuro are an ideal solution for those seeking more independence and privacy, with equipped kitchens and often including a pool and parking.
Vacation homes in Palinuro are perfect for those traveling with family or friends, offering spacious living areas and often private gardens and pools.
Campsites in Palinuro are an affordable and perfect for those who love nature, offering pitches for tents, caravans and RVs, with amenities such as showers, bathrooms, and often swimming pools.
The apartments and rooms in B&B that you find in Villamirella are the ideal choice among the top 10 best places to stay in Palinuro if you are looking for an affordable solution to stay in Palinuro near the beaches and attractions on this stretch of the Costa del Mito.