Visiting Palinuro

Visiting Palinuro

Gorgeous seaside town

Palinuro is a small coastal town with a special atmosphere located on the beautiful peninsula of Capo Palinuro within the Parco Nazionale del Cilento. The lovely seaside town makes an ideal base from which to explore the Coast of Myth and the Tyrrhenian part of Basilicata. The area in and around Palinuro is a mix of beautiful sandy beaches, unspoiled nature, turquoise waters, narrow winding streets and spectacular views over the coast.

Although the town is popular with tourists, it is not as touristy as the nearby Amalfi Coast. It is easy to avoid the crowds, which mostly gather in the streets at night after dinner time.

Palinuro forms an ideal base for an active or relaxing vacation, with many choices for interesting half-day or one-day excursions nearby. Whether you are into leisurely hikes, historic hamlet hopping, boat touring, scuba diving, or just beach chilling, you will find yourself at home.

History

The name of the town Palinuro is linked to Palinurus, a character of the Aeneid, the epic poem written by Virgil, which describes the mythical events that took place before Aeneas founded Rome. That’s why the coast here is also known as the Costa del Mito (Coast of Myth). Palinurus was the helmsman of Aeneas. The cape gave its name to the character of Palinurus. Indeed, the name of the cape derives from the Greek words palin (‘in the opposite direction’) and ouros (‘wind’), referring to the violence of the winds around the cape on stormy days. It is said that Virgil named his character after the many anonymous sailors who shipwrecked here.

Grotta Azzurra

The Grotta Azzurra is the only cave facing North on the Palinuro peninsula and the most famous and spectacular one of the Palinuro caves. The surprising sapphire blue light that colors the water of the grotto comes from the sunlight that enters the cave from two sides, creating a brilliant blue color luminescence. Like in Capri’s Blue Grotto, the light is filtered by the water which absorbs the red tones, leaving only the azure ones to pass into the cave, creating the amazing effect.

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