On the Tirrenic coast, south of Salerno, which is 60 km away, the tourist complex Parco Elena is located in the heart of the national Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano (declared by UNESCO as "World Heritage") famous for the extraordinary nature Unspoiled and for the many places protagonists of myths and legends.
Still, it is possible to visit Licosa, the islet of the siren Leucosia, one of the enchanters who attempted to stop Ulysses in his odyssey, and the village of Palinuro, named after the trusted nocchiero of Aeneas, whose exploits are narrated in the Aeneid of the great poet Latin Virgil. My
ths and legends passed down thanks to the ancient Greek settlements, Paestum to the north, 10 kilometers from Parco Elena, one of the most important centers of Magna Grecia where to admire the wonderful temples of Neptune and Era. Velia 30 km south of Parco Elena, another flourishing Greek colony where the Eleatica school was born, the cornerstone of the development of Western philosophical Thought, of which the main exponent was Parmenide.In ea
sy way you can also visit one of the monasteries The world's largest, the fourteenth-century Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula, rich in history and artistic treasures. But above all, Parco Elena is 5 km from the beautiful beaches of Cilento, flat and fine sand towards Paestum, rocks and rock from Punta Licosa to Palinuro, in a continuous altering of cliffs and bays of rare beauty and evocative charm. In 5 minute
s by car you are on the sandy beaches of Agropoli, where there are very well equipped bathing establishments and free and wild beaches. The marina of Agropoli allows an easy mooring for pleasure boats, various services to the tourist, including the METRO of the sea that comfortably and in a short time connects various localities of the coast Cilentana and Amalfi, the famous island of Capri and the city of Naples, offering the traveller the enchanting view of the whole characteristic coast from south to north of Salerno.
For those who love the wild nature and the free beach, we suggest to go towards Palinuro, famous as well as the crystal clear sea for the many natural gorges that have access only from the sea including the Blue Grotto and the Silver Grotto. For several years the coasts of Cilento are rewarded with the European Blue Flag for the clean sea and the services offered.
Parco Elena is also ideally located to discover the typical flavors of Cilento, starting from the extra virgin olive oil, the fruit of those olive trees that have so much in the landscapes of the Cilento hills. The oils of the park "Cilento" and "Colline Salernitane" boast the PDO (protected designation of origin) thanks to the characteristic bitter and spicy note. The Cilento is also a wine, white, red and rosé that together with the Castel San Lorenzo are the Doc of the park.
And then to try are the round artichokes of Paestum and the beans of Controne, the suppressive Gioi and the bacon stretched or rolled, the white figs and the Browns of roccadaspide and above all do not miss to taste the tasty mozzarella of Buffalo Bell, queen with the Tomatoes grown throughout the park, the famous and healthy Mediterranean diet of the Cilento.
Distances in kilometres:
- 0 from the National Park of Cilento
- 5 from the Beaches
- 3 from Agropoli
- 10 from Paestum
- 30 from Velia
- 55 by Palinuro
- 60 from Salerno
- 130 from Naples
How to reach us:
The Nearest Airport is Napoli Capodichino International, which is 130 kilometres from Parco Elena. From here you can reach us by train, (line Napoli-Reggio di Calabria, Stop Agropoli), or by car, direction Salerno where you take the A3 motorway towards Reggio Calabria.
Go to Naples, where you take the train to Reggio di Calabria, get off at the stop Agropoli. From here you arrive by taxi to Parco Elena (after 3 km).
Both from the north and from the south, take the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria motorway, exit at Battipaglia, take the SS 18 to Agropoli. Exit at Agropoli – Sud and follow the signs for Parco Elena.