Cilento: the activities
The National Park of Cilento is encompassed not only by crystal clear sea but also by hills and mountains that make it a real paradise for lovers of nature and extraordinary outdoors.
There are numerous trials where visitors can take excursions on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike.
The most popular trekking route connects San Marco di Castellabate to Punta Licosa, offering spectacular views over the bay of Santa Maria, the Amalfi Coast and even the Capri island, in the horizon.
If you want to discover the National Park of Cilento wild herbs and flowers and learn how to use them, a pleasant walk in the fields, accompanied by the vibrant lady Dionisia, will disclose to you cooking secrets and therapeutic property of this heritage. At the same time, the aim of these walks is to raise environmental awareness and then protect the biodiversity treasure the Cilento is particularly rich in. Indeed in 1997 the Cilento has been included in the prestigious list of UNESCO Program on Man and the Biosphere (MAB).
Other activities available nearby are snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing.
History and archeological enthusiasts can enjoy the Doric Temples of Paestum and the archeological sites of Pompei and Herculaneum.
Gourmet food lovers will find in the Cilento the cradle of the “Mediterranean Diet”, recently inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Here you will discover fresh “mozzarella di bufala”, sweet white figs, tasty artichokes, and fresh fish caught daily, in a triumph of local and genuine flavors.
In the small town of Pioppi stands the Museum of the Mediterranean Diet which has a room for the homemade pasta, cooking classes by the Cilento housewives and provides guided excursions across trails, orchards and mills of the territory.