Located within the Heritage-listed Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, Palinuro is a seaside hamlet surrounded by beautiful beaches and cave-etched cliffs. It’s home to a small local history museum, ancient necropolis ruins and fascinating dive sites.
Things to do in Palinuro
Delve into the local history at the small Palinuro Museum, where the people and events that have shaped the region are explored through artefacts and old photographs. Browse the grave-goods excavated from the nearby Greek-Roman necropolis, then follow the trail to the archaeological site’s cluster of ruins.
Relax on one of Palinuro’s picturesque beaches or rocky coves that front the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Kick back beneath a beach umbrella on Ficocella Beach, admire the impressive rock formation at Lido Arco Naturale and feast on freshly-caught seafood at one of Spiaggia della Marinella’s beachfront restaurants.
Jump aboard a boat to explore Capo Palinuro and the Baia del Buon Dormire, which boasts emerald waters and golden sand. Backed by sheers cliffs swathed in vegetation, it’s home to the iconic Rabbit Rock and the stunning blue Grotta Azzurra.
Want to explore below the water’s surface? Learn to cave dive or join one of the daily scuba diving trips with Palinuro’s local operators. Alternatively, rent a kayak or private boat to experience the hamlet’s dramatic sea cliffs and hidden coves.
Getting around Palinuro
Palinuro is around 2.5 hours’ drive from Naples International Airport and linked to Salerno by regular hydrofoils. Buses connect Palinuro to the nearest railway station at Pisciotta-Palinuro, while the town is compact enough to explore on foot.