Marina di Camerota
Camerota owes its name to the presence of many caves, used as store rooms: ‘Kammaratos’ in Greek means ‘vaulted’. There are many traces of Neolithic settlements here. The Greeks started to settle in this area in the eighth century BC, at least two centuries before the mofoundation of Poseidonia and Elea. Perched on a hill and surrounded by lush vegetation, Camerota is protected on three sides by steep natural cliffs. The ruins of the wall and castle, which became a Saracen stronghold in 909, are still to be seen.
The village had its greatest moment of glory when the Italo-Greek monastery of San Conore became – through the intercession of the Emperor at the Patriarchiate of Constantinople – the seat of the Calogerate, with jurisdiction over many churches in the area. As well as the ruins of the medieval castle and the beautiful historic centre, visitors should certainly see the convent of the Capuchins, the cave of San Biagio outside the town, and the churches of San Daniele, San Nicola, Santa Maria delle Grazie and the chapel of San Gennaro.
In the San Vito quarter, people still use primitive tools to make pottery. The local artisans are said to have the same skills as the ancient Greek potters had. Lentiscosa is ‘introduced’ by the sanctuary of Santa Rosalia and, morphologically, is a real balcony over the sea at an altitude of 273 metres. The urban layout is typically medieval, with at its heart the Mother Church of Santa Maria ad Martyres (15th century), which re tains many frescoes from the time of its foundation. The ruins of the 9th-century monastery of San Basilio, outside the town, are also worth a detour.
Marina di Camerota has received the Blue Flag for its crystal-clear waters. It is therefore no surprise that this ‘pearl’, situated on a cliff which stretches from Palinuro to the spectacular Punta Infreschi, is a very popular tourist attraction. Particularly beautiful is also Barca a Vela beach, named after the rock in the shape of a sailboat sitting in the centre of its vast sandy expanse. Marina di Camerota, like Palinuro, has an incredible variety of grottos.
The most famous are Cala, Sepolcrale, Serratura and Noglio. As well as the pretty marina, Marina di Camerota offers tourists a chance to visit a typical seaside village, with the customs and traditions of such villages. On the beautiful square, paved with stone, in the town’s centre, stands the church of Sant’Alfonso, opened in the 19th century.
Leaving Marina di Camerota behind, the cliffs stretch towards the sea, forming Punta degli Infreschi. Still untouched by building activity, it is one of the most breathtaking places on the entire coast of Cilento. An idyllic bay with a natural landing place in the middle of it, used by many yachtsmen throughout the year.
It is protected against the foaming waves of an incredibly blue sea by banks of rock. It was very recently established as Cilento’s second protected marine oasis. In the waters of this beautiful bay, visitors frequently see schools of dolphin, attracted by the extraordinary abundance of fish and squid.