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This two centre holiday explores parts of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park in Southern Italy.

Guided Walking Holidays - Il Cilento, A Coastal Paradise

The great rocky mass of Monte Bulgheria rises above fields of ancient olive trees. From the summit at 1225m, reached partly along old mule tracks, the sunny world of southern Campania lies at your feet. To the west and north lie the seaside towns of Agropoli and Palinuro where you stay. They see very few foreign visitors – for some reason the Italians have managed to keep this area a secret.

We are based in the southern coastal part of the Cilento National Park. The coast is in places wild, where millennia of waves have beaten holes in the rocks and jagged cliffs rise above the sea. Elsewhere there are small sandy beaches and umbrella pines where turquoise waves lap against the shore, the perfect places for a swim or picnic. Inland little used trails rise through aromatic low vegetation to hill villages and panoramic viewpoints.

From our first base in Agropoli we walk up to the village of Casigliano, passing an old wooden olive press on the way. From the top of Monte Tresino there are not only great views, but also swallowtail butterflies. Elsewhere in the spring there are orchids and warm autumn days find lizards scurrying under rocks.

On transferring between centres we stop at the impressive temples at Paestum with time to explore. An hour and a half south lies our second base, Palinuro. Here we walk out to the cape south of the town. The tiny white sand beach at Cala Pozzala is another destination, where close to the shore the sea is turquoise and crystal clear.

Subject to flight times we will stop for lunch and sightseeing at Salerno on the way back to the airport. .


Holiday Highlights

  • Wake up each morning to the smell of sea in the air.
  • Walk in a remote area which few tourists visit.
  • Visit Paestum, one of the most impressive archaeological sites anywhere.
  • Enjoy sea views from just about everywhere we walk.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Naples (British Airways or Easyjet)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Naples Airport and transfer about 2hrs to Agropoli.

  2. Day 2

    We depart from our hotel, walk through Agropoli to reach the National Park. We climb on tracks and paths to the summit of Monte Tresino with views in all directions. This is a pleasant walk  which allows us to get an overview of the area. 18 km (11 miles); 550m↑↓; 5 hrs 30 mins.

  3. Day 3

    The walk starts off with fantastic views across to the Fiume Alento dam and reservoir, then descends into a quiet farming valley with old, abandoned water mills and streams. We then climb out of the valley passing more mills, crossing streams and passing an old lime kiln. 12 km (7.5 miles); 600m↑↓; 4hrs 30 mins.

  4. Day 4

    A circular walk reaching the summit of Monte Vesole again with excellent all round views. 11 km (7 miles); 430m↑↓; 5 hrs.

  5. Day 5

    A walk up the Calore River gorge with various natural and medieval bridges on the way. 13 km (8.5 miles); 550m↑470m↓; 5 hrs 30 mins.

  6. Day 6

    Transfer by coach to our second centre at Palinuro. We take a round trip to visit the classic ancient site of Paestum with time to explore and enjoy a picnic before heading south to Palinuro. We should arrive mid afternoon.

  7. Day 7

    We start our programme in Palinuro with a local coastal walk. Keep a look out early season for the local and emblematic Primula Palinuri. Flocks of Flamingos have been seen on this walk. 14.5 km (9 miles); 550m↑500m↓; 5 hrs.

  8. Day 8

    We walk from Camerota back to Palinuro. we start with a short detour to enjoy the stunning views from La Pieta Chapel. 12 km (7.5 miles); 320m↑620m↓; 5 hrs.

  9. Day 9

    Today we enjoy a coastal walk with great views and swimming opportunities. 12 km (7.5 miles); 520m↑↓; 6 hrs.

  10. Day 10

    Today we plan to reach Monte Bulgheria (1225m), one of the highest peaks in the area. 10 km (6.5 miles); 730m↑↓; 5 hrs 30 mins.

  11. Day 11

    Transfer to Naples Airport (approx 3hrs) for our flight to the UK. Subject to favourable flight times we we will leave Palinuro in the morning and make a stop at Salerno. It is probably best known as the site of Allied landings during WW2. However it is an attractive and historic place and well worth a few hours exploring.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Naples (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel La Conchiglia

The welcoming four star Hotel La Conchiglia is a short walk from the beach and has a terrace with magnificent panoramic views of the sea and the Capo Palinuro. It is still well located for access to the town shops and entertainment, as well as being an excellent base for our walking in the Cilento National Park. The recently refurbished hotel has rooms with en-suite facilities, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TVs, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. The restaurant where we take breakfasts and dinners, embraces Mediterranean cuisine and its health benefits, serving dishes to an excellent standard.

Hotel Mare

The Hotel Mare has been run by the Della Torre family for more than 40 years and retains a family friendly atmosphere. You couldn’t ask for a better place to stay to take on the beautiful Campanian coastline, with the hotel set right on the beach, where you can wander down to watch the sunsets. The three star hotel has an outdoor pool and Mediterranean garden with a bar and pizzeria. As well as being by the beach the hotel is well located near the old area of Agropoli. Excellent local cuisine is served in the restaurant, including the great seafood from this region, and this is where we take breakfasts and dinners. The spacious bedrooms are pleasantly appointed with hairdryer, air conditioning, TV and a telephone. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

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