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Cosily nestled in a peaceful bay along Cilento's unspoilt coastline, Santa Maria di Castellabate is a picturesque gem, with a dramatic sandy beachfront backed by pastel-shaded town houses. Located in the midst of the 440,000-acre Cilento National Park and just a few miles from historic Castellabate, Santa Maria di Castellabate is a classic Italian delight, set away from the bustle of the larger resorts. The star attraction here has to be the beautiful sandy beach, which has been awarded the Blue Flag every year since 2003 and is a great place to spend a day or two soaking up the sun. There are plenty of diving options for those who fancy exploring beneath the waves, too.
The town might be relatively intimate in terms of size, but there are still plenty of options when it comes to dining out. Fresh seafood is a popular option here, so make sure you sample one of the many fish pasta dishes that grace menus across the town. Visitors wanting to see more of the area will love photogenic Castellabate, situated just a 15-minute drive from Santa Maria di Castellabate. This large medieval town is set on a rugged hilltop high above the sea and offers many attractions, including a dramatic 12th-century castle and an intricate web of atmospheric winding streets in the centro storico – the historic centre of the town.