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Long weekend in Campania – Castellabate and Amalfi Coast. Part 2

Our plans for the rest of the weekend included visiting Castellabate and the Amalfi Coast, but the first thing we did in the morning on the 3rd day was a trip to Baia di Trentova.

Baia di Trentova is more or less 15 min by car from Agropoli.  I was told that the bay is known for its clear blue waters, sandy beaches and it’s well-maintained and offers a variety of amenities including sun loungers, umbrellas, and beach bars.

Hmm, let’s say that partly it’s true. The colour of the sea is amazing. Even if the morning was cloudy, the water was emerald blue, dark blue, and almost crystal green in some places.

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Blue water of the sea. Baya di Trentova.

 

I bet it’s breathtaking on a sunny day.
The place itself is okay. I guess I’m spoiled because I’ve been to so many sites that I don’t get excited easily with every new location. Anyway the beach was rather with small pebbles than with sand, but that’s okay.

Is the place well maintained? No, absolutely not. There’s a nasty, long, abandoned building on the beach. I guess there used to be changing rooms or something. Nobody uses it anymore, but it hasn’t been demolished and spoils the place.

The coast where Baya di Trenanta is located is rocky with cliffs that separate small beaches from each other. Some of them are tiny, others a bit bigger. A path leads to them, so in addition to an uncomplicated walk, you can admire the coast from above.

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The board showing the coast.

 

Castellabate –  charming (and famous) tillte town.

The second place we visited that day was Castellabate – a small town that became famous (and of course touristy) thanks to the Italian comedy “Benvenuti al Sud”.

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The view from the belvedere in Castelabate.


It’s a lovely town with a beautiful panoramic view of the coast from the belvedere. Right next to it, there is the castle Castello dell’Abate, which was built in the 12th century. The ticket costs 1 euro.

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The view from Castelabate.

 

What did we do in Castellabate? Nothing but walking around the narrow streets, stone buildings, and picturesque piazzas, drinking coffee, and eating cheesecake at the bar in Piazza X Ottobre.

Castellabate is a town like thousands in Italy, but some are prettier than others. Castellabate, in my opinion, belongs to the second group. It’s small, charming, clean, and neat, has a nice atmosphere, and there are several sights to visit. I think becoming a famous place has done this little town well.

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One of the streets in Castelabate.

 

Marina Santa Maria di Castellabate – if you want to enjoy the sea.

Castellabate has also several beaches. We went to Marina Santa Maria di Castellabate, which is located on the coast, as beaches usually are. Marina Santa Maria di Castelabate is a town and it’s a part of Castellabate.

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Marina Santa Maria di Castelabate

 

It has a long sandy beach called Spiaggia di Santa Maria, which is one of the most popular in the area. The beach is lined with beach bars, restaurants, and shops, and is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.

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The promenade along the sea in Marina Santa Maria di Castellabate

 

There’s also worth visiting picturesque harbor.

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The harbour.

 

I’m sure the place is extremely popular during summer. You can feel the coming season in the air, even though we went there in April. I always have the impression that such places live for summer.
Is it worth visiting Marina Santa Maria di Castellabate? Definitely, go there and enjoy the southern atmosphere and beautiful views.

Day 4 Lemon – Amalfi Coast and the Lemon Trail.

Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) to undoubtedly one of the most popular and the most beautiful places in Italy.

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Amalfi Coast.

 

I’ve been there 5 or 6 times so far, once in late autumn in Atrani, once in May in Salerno, Positano, and Sorrento, once in December before Christmas, don’t even remember where, once in July, and this year in April. Amalfi Coast is full of lovely towns, however, two of the most popular are Amalfi and Positano.

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Minori.

 

Is it right? Probably yes, at least according to tourists who flock to these places in droves. According to me, there are other beautiful towns worth visiting as much as Amalfi. For example, Minori and Manori, two picturesque places situated between Amalfi and Salerno, and definitely are often overlooked by tourists in favor of their more famous neighbors.

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Minori seen from the stairs.

 

However, both towns have a lot to offer, including beautiful beaches, stunning views, and rich history.
And both towns are connected by the Lemon Trail (Sentiero dei Limoni), which means you can walk from one town to another enjoying beautiful views and lemons, which Amalfi Coast is famous for.

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Here starts the Lemon Trail.


In theory, the track takes app. 1 h, but it was much quicker, even if stopped many times to take pictures.

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The Lemon Trail.

 

The trail runs among lemon plantations/gardens, as the name suggests.

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One of the nice corners with lemons.

 

I liked the yellow route, even though there were a lot of stairs, but it was the first time I had been walking having lemons all around me. In my view, this short and undemanding route is a great escape from sitting on the beach.

We returned to Minori walking along the road. It turned out that both towns are closer to each other than the GPS suggest  and maybe after 5 minutes we got back to Minori.

And it was the end of the long (and lovely) weekend in Campania. What we did on the 1st and 2nd day you can read here.

 

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