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Hotel Saline Palinuro
Via Saline, 84064 Palinuro, Centola SA

LocationHow to reach us

By car:

From the North:

Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway, exit Padula-Buonabitacolo. Follow the directions to Sapri, at the Policastro exit take the Variante SS18 to Vallo della Lucania, exit Poderia, and follow the directions for Palinuro.

From the South:

Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway, exit Padula-Buonabitacolo. Follow the 'Bussentina' fast-flowing road and the SS 18 variant from Policastro Sapri to Agropoli, exit Poderia, then the road signs for Palinuro. 

By plane:

Naples Capodichino International Airport
Transfer by private car with driver to the Hotel (ask the hotel for info and costs)
Transfer by shuttle bus to the Hotel (ask the hotel info and costs)
Transfer with Cilento Bus, Timetable and costs to Palinuro.

By train:

TRENITALIA AV: stop at Centola - Palinuro - Marina di Camerota FS station
ITALO AV: The station is 6 km from the hotel.Transfer from and to the hotel can be arranged on request.

Palinuro - The Pearl of Cilento

Palinuro, perched on an imposing bastion of rock overlooking the sea, is a gem set in the stunning coastal landscape of Cilento.

The beauty of Palinuro is in every corner, every grotto, every cliff, in the water reflections on the rock, in the thousands of shapes sculpted over time by the sea and atmospheric agents: The Blue Cave and the Cave of the Monks are a superb demonstration of the generosity that Mother Nature has showed gifting us a landscape that has remained almost unchanged and primitive.

According to the myth - as it was passed down by Virgil in the Aeneid- Palinuro, Aeneas' helmsman, was at the helm when, at nightfall, the god Sleep came down from Olympus in the form of Forbante. As the sea was calm, the god tried to persuade him to rest as the ship would have kept its course even without a guide. Palinuro refused his proposal considering it senseless and so the god touched Palinuro's temples with a branch dipped in the waters of the Lete and he fell into a deep sleep. For three nights he was carried away by the waves, until dawn on the fourth day when a gigantic wave washed him ashore near the Greek city of Elea (Velia for the Latins). But as soon as he touched land, hostile people killed him.

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Cilento, a land to discover

Even less known is the Cilento National Park with its 100.100 hectares from the Tyrrhenean coast to the Campano-Lucano Apennines.

The Cilento is an environment where the boundary between myth, history and landscape is blurred.If the traveller arrives by sea, the beaches and cliffs, the crags and caves blend in with the green of the olive trees and the Mediterranean scrub. If, on the other hand, they arrive by train or car, they will pass through small villages in the narrow river valleys or along Paestum beaches.

Around 80 kilometres of coastline offer long beaches, at the mouths of the main rivers, the Alento and Mingardo, stunning cliffs and crags such as Punta Tresino, near Agropoli, protected at sea by a biological protection zone, Punta Licosa, Ripe Rosse of Montecorice and especially the Costa degli Infreschi.

Even today myths mingle with the certainties of history to give soul and nobility to an exceptional, varied and lively landscape: Palinuro and Aeneas, Hercules and the Vastasi (giants of Monte della Stella), the archangel Michael and the dolmens of San Mauro Cilento and the mermaid Leucosia, buried, it is said, near Castellabate.

The Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, together with the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia, are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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