A corner of Paradise
One of the most suggestive corners of the Cilento National Park coast, known for its limpid waters and its golden beaches.
Santa Maria di Castellabate is a picturesque fishing village that has preserved its characteristics intact despite the increasing tourist development. The town is located in the middle of a wide bay, surrounded by the two promontories of “Punta Licosa” and “Punta Tresino”, characterized by golden beaches alternating with cliffs and washed by a sea which, for its clarity, has been recognition of the “Blue Flag”; In this natural semicircle are grouped the small fishermen’s houses and the historical center, between the “Palazzo Belmonte”, an ancient princely residence and the “Villa Matarazzo”, once the residence of the Lords of the place and today the venue for cultural events and events . Among the many noble palaces on the “promenade” dominates the imposing Tower of the Aragonese and it is almost opposed to the small “Madonnina”, protector of fishermen, made of ceramics from the only laboratory that still performs artifacts according to the ancient tradition of craftsmanship.
The medieval village of Castellabate, located on a hill at 278m. high above sea level, dominates the entire bay. The imposing castle around which the village is gathered was founded in 1123 by the Benedictine abbot Costabile Gentilcore of Cava dei Tirreni, as a stronghold against the devastating incursions of the Saracens. The original nucleus still preserves the characteristic structure consisting of narrow alleys, low arches and steep staircases, among which the houses are set one in the other, discovering hidden alleys and small flower gardens.
Absolutely not to forget a “facing” from the “Belvedere” to the under of the castle, to embrace with a single glance the whole bay: Santa Maria, on the marina, with its colored houses between which they fit beaches and cliffs, San Marco and its port built close to the ancient Greek-Roman port and Lake, which, between Mediterranean green and golden beach, closes the gulf with its extreme point.