The beautiful village of Santa Maria di Castellabate, Cilento, Campania, southern Italy.
The beautiful village of Santa Maria di Castellabate, Cilento, Campania, southern Italy.

Santa Maria di Castellabate Holidays

Holidays to Santa Maria di Castellabate offer more than postcard-worthy beaches, inviting waterfront restaurants and softly hued houses along meandering streets. Its relatively undiscovered location in southern Italy, along the beautifully unspoilt shores of Cilento in Campania, lend well to its exceptionally preserved history and charming ‘frozen in time’ character.

The Blue Flag beaches in the small, family oriented town are perfect for both beach and water sports and the numerous hiking trails lead to remarkable points of historical interest. The bay is home to various coves if a relaxing swim is what you’re after and there is a choice of wineries, shops, restaurants and more on land.

Santa Maria di Castellabate is part of the striking cultural landscape of Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula - Italy’s second largest national park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the region is culturally, historically and naturally rich, containing evidence of human activity from some 250,000 years ago and occupying an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Explore Santa Maria di Castellabate like no other

When in Santa Maria di Castellabate, the possibility of being overwhelmed by crowds is very slim. Even so, there are alternatives to wandering through the winding streets, finding yourself in the main square of shops, lost in an architectural gem or on the beach.

Located just half an hour from the resort is the Polito Viticoltori - the Polito Vineyard. For three generations, the Polito family have been supplying quality wine throughout Campania. Why not take a day trip to sample the product of grapes that have been ripened in an optimal microclimate? A pairing with Soppressata di Gioi - a locally cured meat, will go down a treat.

The region of Cilento is famous for its fresh buffalo mozzarella and just half an hour’s drive away from your Santa Maria di Castellabate base, is the Tenuta Vannulo – an organic Buffalo farm. From here private guided tours and tastings can be arranged and if you’re lucky, some of the dishes may even include Cilento’s famous olives and figs.
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Lines open: Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 17:30 (Wednesdays from 9:30), Bank Holidays 10:00 to 16:00.

Handpicked Hotels in Santa Maria di Castellabate

Discover the real Santa Maria di Castellabate while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Things to do in Santa Maria di Castellabate

The resort in Santa Maria di Castellabate is tailored for families who delight in spending active or relaxed days at the beach. Reminders of the town’s medieval history are ubiquitous. Located in the heart of the centro storico, historic centre, in the Piazza Perrotti, the 15th century Palazzo Perrotti landmark is situated directly on the seafront and recognised as a Cultural Heritage Site.

Local transportation or use of a rental car also make Santa Maria di Castellabate a great starting point from which to explore the plethora of attractions, natural and manmade, that reside in the surrounding national park. The seaside resort is decorated with beautiful Mediterranean flora, vines, olive and fig trees, which serve as a natural reminder that you are in the heart of a UNESCO Listed National Park.

Flight Information

The closest airport to Cilento is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 3 hours from Cilento. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.

When to go

Cilento is a summer destination and most hotels are open between May and October. July and August can become quite crowded, especially on the coast so the best time to go to avoid this is June and September, although the weather stays relatively warm for the whole season.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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