For those who frequent the sea of the Cilento, in the South of Campania, Camerota is one of the most famous places. A beautiful sea, area in which is located Cilento Experience Rooms . Among the top locations in the region and the Tyrrhenian Sea, according to Legambiente, much appreciated by both Italian and foreign tourists for the beautiful beaches flanked by towers and caves submerged and emerged.
Nearby, there are places rich in natural, historical and artistic interest, from Paestum to the caves of Castelcivita, but today we want to tell you some secrets of Camerota.
MARINA DI CAMEROTA
Marina di Camerota is the most famous hamlet of the municipality of Camerota , (an ancient village perched on Mount Bulgheria) and represents the ancient outlet to the sea. Today this place has become one of the most famous and coveted destinations of Cilento beach tourism, initially because bordering the nearby Palinuro with which it shares a large beach, subsequently because its beautiful coastline made of wide sandy beaches and on one side and rock with the characteristic small coves on the other received the right recognition coast of Marina di Camerotathanks to the beauty of the places and the clarity of the sea waters.
Once a poor sister of Capo Palinuro today Marina di Camerota is a small village that offers tourists opportunities for fun and entertainment, natural beauty and low costs compared to its noble neighbor.
One of the most interesting places in Camerota is definitely Punta degli Infreschi, an uncontaminated place where the bather can find the ancient aspect of this coast that appears as seen by our ancestors.
5 THINGS TO DISCOVER IN CAMEROTA
Often it is said Camerota for brevity, indicating however the fraction Marina di Camerota. Fraction is to say, given that it has many more inhabitants of the Municipality: 3,500, against about a thousand of Camerota. Located on a hill, 7 km from the sea and the Marina. Probably of Greek foundation (the name derives from the Greek kamarotos, curved, which refers to the presence of caves in the area), today deserves a visit for its perched position, panoramic, and the medieval castle (subject to restoration) in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III. The building is small and is dominated by the Norman tower, 16.50 meters high and built in the twelfth century. In the inner courtyard there is a stage that in summer often hosts shows and concerts.
Coves and coves are numerous, in the territory of Marina di Camerota. Cala Bianca was “the most beautiful beach in Italy in 2014”, in the face of the popular Sardinia. And even today this small cove is a jewel, to appreciate especially in less crowded periods, namely June and September.
Another “hidden” beach of Camerota is Calanca beach, which is also just a few minutes walk from the town center: you can access it through a staircase that ends on the only stretch of beach free, wonderful.
The most beautiful way, however, to discover the coast of Camerota is from the sea, with a boat excursion between bays, hidden coves and ravines accessible only from the sea, such as the cave of the Lovers or the cave of Pozzallo. To organize them, along with suggestive lamparate (night fishing followed by dinner on beach), the cooperative Cilento Mare
As already mentioned, since ancient times the territory was known for its caves, along the coasts and inside. For this reason was created the Muvip, virtual Paleolithic Ecomuseum, a small space at the port, next to the asl, with an information room, where you can learn about the territory of Camerota and its fractions through a model of the area, also discovering its characteristics thanks to an in-depth installation, and an immersive room, where thanks to modern technology the walls are sensitive to touch and the user can choose which path to discover the caves in the area.
These include the Grotta della Cala, just behind the main beach of Camerota, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Reopened in May 2016, the cave, already inhabited 45 thousand years ago, hosted both Homo sapiens and Neanderthal man. Inside, some dioramas realistically reproduce small prehistoric settlements, flanked by authentic finds and accurate explanatory panels.
In the territory where the Mediterranean diet was born (it was the American dietician Ancel Keys, in the fifties, to study the diet of Cilento, discovering that the low incidence of cardiovascular diseases was due to their traditional eating habits), it is still possible to discover new flavors. New and yet ancient: in the hamlet of Lentiscosa, some irreducible cultivate maracuoccio, legume of the family of cicerchie for centuries used as food for livestock but also as a protein source for the poorest populations.
To preserve this extremely ductile product – can be cooked as a legume, but also processed into a kind of polenta, maracucciata, served together with bread croutons with extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic and chilli pepper, and even ground in flour to make biscuits – was born the Slow Food presidium of the maracuoccio of Lentiscosa, which adds to the other 8 excellences of the Cilento territory become Slow Food Presidium, from the anchovies of Menaica cacioricotta of Cilento, from the Ciceral Cece to the Gioi Soppressata.
Summer in Camerota also has the colors of the sacred. Religious rites begin on 17 and 18 May with the feast of SS. Annunziata in Licusati. The patron saint of Camerota, San Vincenzo Guerreri, is celebrated on the second Sunday of July with a suggestive procession.
In Marina di Camerota the most popular religious festival is that of San Domenico di Guzman, which is celebrated from the 1st to the 4th of August, remembering the miraculous rescue of four sailors caught at sea by the storm.
The most impressive event is probably the one that takes place on the second Sunday in August at the small church of S. Lazzaro, above the bay of Infreschi. After the religious celebration, the procession brings the statue of the Saint first along the path to the beach, then at sea, on a fishing boat escorted offshore by other boats.