Blue Flag Beaches

Top Beaches in Southern Campania Italy

Who doesn’t like a good beach on a hot summer day. If you have been reading our BLOG, you know that Italian beaches have clubs that give you a chase lounge or two, table and umbrella. They have great food service or you can bring your own, You can also go to nearby stores to get a pizza or panini. They serve all kinds of drinks right on the beach. A prosecco in a glass on the beach is divine!

There are many different types of beach in Southern Italy. Some with lava stone, small rocks or sand. All of these beaches are awarded the much coveted Blue Flag status.

Here are a small list of beaches to visit:

  1. Amalfi Coast – There are numerous small towns along the stretch from Positano to Salerno. Each may be on a beach or high above with stairs down. Some beaches are reachable only by boat. These beaches tend to be lava rock but the water is great. Pack a lunch and enjoy them.
  2. Capri – This island has two main beaches but they are small and heavy in boat and ferry traffic. Capri may not have the best beaches to relax on but is well worth a visit.
  3. Agropoli – has wonderful beaches and great for boating. This is a major town with an old section high up and worth exploring. The high-speed train stops here.
  4. Santa Maria Castellabate – This is a wonderful seaside town with small but nice beaches and a great promenade. There is the old mountain town of Castellabate high above and waiting to be explored.
  5. Casal Velino Marina – This is our beach town. It can get very crowded in August. The beach is wonderful sand. The waves are non-existent in the summer which makes it idea to swim and for small children. The beach clubs are wonderful. Friday is market day and an entire street is closed to an open air market.
  6. Ascea – We often go to this beach town as well. The sand has small pebbles but it is soft. There are beautiful rocks along the waterline. There are also great clubs here. Thursday is the market day and worth a visit. It is located on the road that parallels the beach. There is a train stop in this town.
  7. Sapri – Is a small town with a high-speed train stop along the sea. It is a cove with beaches and a great promenade.

Many of these towns have ferry services or small boats that can take you to other towns. You have so many choices in this part of Campania and it is home to the world-famous Mozzarella di Bufala. Have breakfast in a bar by the sea, have lunch in a restaurant or get a panini at a bar. There are so many choices of restaurants for dinner. This is paradise for both the beach goers and the explorers. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Marina di Casal Velino Pictorial

Yesterday we were up in the mountain town of Casal Velino and today we are down on the beaches of Marina di Casal Velino. This is a resort town that is hoping all summer long. Palm trees and beaches with white sand are its theme. The population is about 5,000 but in the summer the hotels, rental homes and B&Bs are full with tourists. It is in the Province of Salerno, Campania. It is also in The Client National Park.

There are free beaches that you can go with your own towel or chair and umbrella. There are also clubs that you pay and get a chase, umbrella and table. They usually provide good food, drinks, music and a great beach. You can eat at these clubs or go to markets or restaurants nearby and get a Panini (sandwich) for lunch or pizza.

There are highways that get you close by or you can take a train from Salerno. This is a resort for Italians (mostly from Naples or Salerno) and other Europeans (mostly Germans). The small town, good restaurants and bars and great beaches are a draw. These beaches win the coveted Blue Flag Beach award each year for best beaches in the world. We were here last in the beginning of June so the beaches were not yet crowded.

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Palm tree-lined street at the beach

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View along the beach

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View from Isola Verde a bar at the beach

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Beach view

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Areal view of a club at the beach

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Umbrella and table on beach

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Small bar on the beach

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Friday is market day

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Panini and wine on the beach at a club

The beach is a wonderful attraction in any country. In Italy it is very romantic and memorable. This is a place to stay and be Italian. From here you can visit many small towns, other beaches and some large cities. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

 

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Ascea Beaches in Italy

Ascea is a beach town south of where we live in Campania. It has a long road along the beach with plenty of sandy beaches. It is a Blue Flag beach.

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These beaches have a gentle rolling surf and wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. You have two choices at these beaches:

  1. Free public area – Bring your own umbrella and chairs.
  2. Clubs – Pay and get umbrella, table and chase lounges

The clubs usually have free WiFi and music. You can also have a lunch at them. Lunch is not just sandwiches and pizza but swordfish, pasta and salads. You can also get beer, wine and prosecco with lunch or at your table on the beach. The food is wonderful and you have great views.

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On Thursdays the close a section of the beach road and set up vendor stalls for a market. This market is mostly clothes and kitchen ware.

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There is a train that stops here from Salerno, Naples and Rome. It continues south to Sicily.   When going to Ascea, don’t miss Velia and ancient Greek ruin. This was a huge seaside city in ancient times.

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This is the way to enjoy the beach Italian style. Enjoy!

Tomorrow we travel south along the coast to the seaport of Scario.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Great Beaches in Italy

Beaches in Europe compete for the coveted “Blue Flag” status. This status is given to beaches that:

  • Clean & Safe bathing area
  • Environmental Education
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Management
  • Safety

The beach must pass 32 points on the above topics to be awarded the Blue Flag status. The link, at the top of this BLOG, shows all beaches in Italy that were awarded this status. The link directly above shows all the criteria for the award.

Italy has some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. They take pride in their beaches and the environment around them. They even build National Parks to protect the beaches and surrounding areas. These parks can contain cities but prevent the building of resort style hotels near the beach. Cilento National Park is one such park.

George & Jo Anne

 

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