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 totally intact, despite the increasing tourism 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 bathed by a sea which, for its clarity,
deserved for years the “Blue Flag” recognition. In this natural semicircle are grouped the small fishermen’s houses and the historic center, including 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 events and cultural exhibitions). Among the many noble palaces on the “promenade” dominates the majestic Tower of the Aragonese and almost contradictory with it you can view the small “Madonnina”, protector of fishermen, made of ceramics developed in the only laboratory that still performs artifacts according to the ancient craft tradition.
The medieval village of Castellabate is located on a hill at 278m high above sea level, overlooking the entire bay. The majestic 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 made up of narrow alleys, low arches and steep staircases, among which the houses are set one in the other, discovering sometimes hidden alleys and small flower gardens. Absolutely not to forget an “overlook” from the “Belvedere” below 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 near the ancient Greek-Roman port and Lake, which, between the green and golden Mediterranean beach, closes the gulf with its furthest point.