Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

The Coast of the Mermaids

Punta Licosa and the Museum of the Sea

  • Trail Conditions: On foot
  • Interest: Flora, Archeology, Hystory
  • Departure: Punta Licosa (San Marco di Castellabate)
  • Arrival: Museo del Mare di Pioppi
  • Duration: 1 hour/s 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
  • Length: 2 km
  • Recommended Period: from March to September

According to ancient sources, the promontory of Licosa has been named after the mermaid Leucosia who was swallowed up by the sea right here because of her love for Ulysses. Actually, it seems that the mermaids were two: Leucosia and Leukotea. This legend could alone justify the particular charm characterizing this place.
Moreover, the wonderful pinewood facing the sea and the several pebbled bays along the rocky coastline make the visit particularly interesting and pleasant.
The promontory extends itself over the sea like a real terrace, with its Mediterranean maquis, its ruins, and the evidences of the constant human presence going from the Greek to the Roman period, and to present times.
The spectacular aquaria of the Museum of the Sea in Pioppi lead visitors across the water world and the forms of life populating the sea at various depths.

Punta Licosa
Punta Licosa
Castellabate Licosa
Castellabate Licosa
Punta Licosa
Punta Licosa
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