Palinuro, it is said that it owes its name to Aeneas’ unfortunate helmsman who, as Virgil recounts in the Aeneid, fell into the water here and perished. Palinuro is an internationally renown bathing resort; well visited, it offers beautiful beaches, great hotels and sports centres, campsites and vacation villages.
The secret of Palinuro lies in the marine grottoes to be discovered on boat trips: the Blue Grotto, whose waters assume the transparency of sapphires, the Silver and the Blood grottoes. Yellow and green are the dominant colours of the Fetente (stinking) cove, so named for the sulphuric spring that releases an unpleasant odor.
The Baia del Buondormire (of the ‘good sleep’) with its crystalline waters is one of the most romantic beaches of the coast. The Natural Arch (Arco Naturale) is a moulded masterpiece of nature, with its long beach and nearby mouth of the river Mingardo.