The Beaches of Palinuro
and surrounding area
The best way to chose a beach in Palinuro is just by trying
all of them in the first couple of days and then to chose the
one you like best.
Here are brief descritpions.
See the location map here:
Il Pertuoso (the hole - due to the rock which also acts as a
small road tunnel) - or Sailboat beach due to the sail shaped
rock at one end of the beach or better still the Cyclops beach
or beach along the road to Marina di Camerota - south of Palinuro.
Must be the longest beach name ever - and quite rightly
- sandy with pebbels on water entry.
This beach is about 10 km long and at some points 200 mt. wide.
It starts where the river Mingardo flows into the sea just behind
Capo Palinuro and this initial part is called the Mingardo beach,
but from there on it goes all the way to the Pertuoso or 'hole'
and even farther towards Marina di Camerota.
Depends on what you like. In the high season even this beach
is too large to get crowded but after the Ciclope Disco 4 km
from Palinuro, for about 3 km in August you will be hard pressed
to find parking space.
On this stretch the beach is wide, the sea fantastic and sea
depth increases very rapidly a few meters from the shore.
Best place for windsurfing.
The Mingardo part is a bit more shelterd but can get pretty
full as camping sites are dotted along the shore for about 2
km starting from the outlet of the river Mingardo.
The Saline Beach
This is north of Palinuro and goes all the way from Pisciotta
Marina (or almost) to Palinuro and is about 5 km long.
The central point is at the Saracene Tower of Caprioli and this
is probably the 'pleasant' beach.
Right to the tower of Caprioli there is a nice stretch where
you can walk out into the water for about 100 mt and still be
only up to your waist.
Great for kids.
Due to this flat seabed which to it's left near the tower suddenly
gets deep, and the sea currents arriving from the north - this
area can get dangerous if the wind is up.
Some swimmers have been fooled by going out too far on the flat
part and then found themselves swept to the left and due to
the currents - were left stuck in the sea about 200 mt from
the shore unable to neither reach the shore nor swim out of
the current seawards.
Some unfortunate souls not strong enough have drowned periodically
at this point over the years.
Not to worry though if you use your common sense - especially
if the life guard's red flags are up - you'll be ok.
Beach - sandy and very small pebbles
This is right next to the Palinuro Harbour and is pretty narrow
but the water is crystal clean and the fishing boats anchored
on the shore make this a picturesque setting.
Ex-Club Med beach
The beach just before Palinuro - and it's continuation all along
the shore part of Palinuro is rocky so if you don't like sand
this is the best solution for a great day of sandless sunbathing.
It's rocky but mostly flat at sea level so the water is easily
Capo Palinuro -
around the Cape itself.
Some small secluded beach alcloves reachable by boat only are
dotted around the Cape.
Nice for a boat picnics.
The best known is the Spiaggia del Buon Dormire - The beach
of good sleep.
And near this is the Cala Fetente.
Marina di Camerota
- small pebbes and sand
There are two beaches - one to the north (La Calanca) and one
right under the center-right of the town.
A nice beach which gets pretty crowded in August
Believe it or not - Delfins like this beach too:
Marina di Camerota - Infreschi - sand - by boat only
South of Marina di Camerota is a secluded beach straight out
of a Pirate film.
Day picnics from Marina are available.
Pisciotta Marina (or Marina di Pisciotta)
Right at the end of the cul-de-sac Pisciotta Marina is a nice
stretch of beach.
Very quiet outside the main season and a perfect place to start
your day to end up eating in one of the village seaside restaurants