Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast
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Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast
Cycling is a great way to explore the stunning natural and cultural treasures of Campania. This tour takes us through the best routes and contrasts of the region, from the relatively unknown and unspoilt Cilento to the popular lively Amalfi Coast. The Cilento National Park is largely undisturbed by the 21st Century and as we cycle through quaint fishing villages we realise that the traditional way of life is still very evident. We also visit the Greco-Roman city of Paestum, with its three major Doric style temples, before heading to the lovely town of Minori on the Amalfi Coast. Here we cycle on some of the most scenic routes in the world, while visiting beautiful towns including Positano and of course Amalfi itself. All the cycling will help to build our appetite for the fine food that the area is famous for!
The trip starts at our hotel in Palinuro, a lively picturesque village on the southern coast of Cilento, named after the mythical Palinuros, Aeneas' helmsman, who is supposedly buried here. Capo Palinuro is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and impressive underwater caves.
We start early in the morning with a scenic ride along the Southern Coast of the Cilento National Park, the most unspoilt stretch of coastline in southern Italy, offering spectacular views of the Gulf of Policastro. We arrive in the lovely coastal town of Marina di Camerota for a short break and then climb inland to the amazingly located village of San Giovanni a Piro. We cycle around the impressive Mt Bulgheria and to the Mingardo canyon before making our way back to Palinuro.
From Marina di Camerota we follow the beautiful coastline to the peninsula of Capo Palinuro to the mediaeval village of Pisciotta. From here we climb gently to the town of Ascea. En route back to the coast, we cycle past the ancient Greek settlement of Velia with its ï¿½Pink gateï¿½, dating back to the 4th Century BC, before heading to the plain of Casalvelino, where we stay in a lovely agriturismo.
Today we enjoy one of the finest rides in Italy as we leave the Casalvelino plain behind and cycle through picturesque coastal villages to Acciaroli, a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. We stop for lunch either in Ogliastra Marina or Castellabate, where there is the opportunity for a swim in the sea. In the afternoon we enjoy the final section of our route to Agropoli, a charming town overlooking the sea, and ride to our hotel, just a stoneï¿½s throw away from the 6th Century BC Greek temples of Paestum.
After a short ride around the ancient city walls of Paestum, we have time to visit its well-preserved temples and amphitheatre, before taking a train to Salerno, the gateaway to the Amalfi Coast. After lunch, we ride one the most scenic coastal roads in the world to Amalfi. Along the way we stop in the fishing village of Cetara, famous for its delicious tuna and anchovies. We then continue to Capo d'Orso, offering breathtaking views over the Amalfi Coast and Capri. From here it's mainly downhill as we cycle past dramatic cliffs and scented lemon terraces to the coastal villages of Maiori and Minori. A short climb takes us to Atrani, with its whitewashed houses and eventually to Amalfi, our base for the last three nights. Amalfi itself has been popular with the British since Edwardian times, when the upper classes viewed the town as a pleasant place to spend their winters. The large Duomo dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region.
This morning we ride along the scenic coastal road to Amalfi, where we have time for a short stroll. We then continue to Furore, Praiano and on to Positano, a near vertical town of colourful buildings. The route offers fantastic views of the whole peninsula, including the island of Capri. We then make a beautiful climb to the Colli di San Pietro, on the ridge between the Bay of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. There are several options for lunch, before we cycle back to Positano, Amalfi and finally Minori in time for the sunset.
A day off the bike to relax in Amalfi. Alternatively, you could visit glorious Ravello, take a boat trip to the island of Capri or visit the iconic UNESCO sights of Pompeii and Vesuvius.
The trip finished in Amalfi after breakfast.
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Prices are per person on twin share basis. Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers. Package valid till 20th October 2018. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.