Out and back walk along the Path of the Sirens, from Santa Maria di Castellabate to its sister village of San Marco di Castellabate and beyond to Punta Licosa.
It’s said in Greek mythology, that it’s here that the Sirens – a creature that is half bird and half woman, would lure sailors to wreck their ships on the rocks through their hypnotizingly sweet song, but if any mortal should survive their encounter, then the Sirens would perish. So, when Ulysses in the Odyssey sailed through and lived to tell the tale, the Sirens choose to hurl themselves into the sea, and they bothered no person ever again. Licosa derives its name from the Greek 'Leucosia', who is said to have been one of these Sirens. Punta Licosa is now a pristine marine reserve, rich in archaeological finds, with jagged rocks jutting out from the water, and an ancient port submerged beneath the waves.
Along the walk you can take in the views over the island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and Sorrento Peninsula. You may choose to take a swim in the aquamarine shallow waters out to a little island with a lighthouse. Before beginning the walk back along the coastal path.
There aren't any restaurants easily accessible along this route, so we would suggest bringing a picnic lunch, as there are plenty of scenic spots to enjoy this at along the way. Please ask for assistance at your hotel reception with arranging this or alternatively, along Via Caduti del Mare and Corso Matarazzo there are several bars and some small minimarketswhere you could buy your lunch.
As this is an out and back walk, so you can decide to cut short the walk at anytime to turn around and head back to your hotel, but the scenery is worth the effort of going all the way if you can. It can also be shortened by taking a local bus to the village of San Marco di Castellabate (about 4 kms from Santa Maria di Castellabate).
Alternatively, it’s possible to extend the walk by around 5.2 kms and details of this can be found in the Macs Adventure app - Path of the Sirens - Extended Walk.
Rest stopsApprodo Resort Thalasso Spa
There are some exposed and unfenced edges throughout the walk; be careful and keep walking on the path.
There are a few sections of the walk on small country roads. If there is no pavement or grass verge, please take extra care. The general rule is that you walk on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic, in order to avoid having your back directly to oncoming traffic. Be prepared to walk in single file and to stay as close to the side of the road as possible.
There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock. Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.
Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. There are no drinking water taps along this path. It is also advised to wear skin-protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen. We recommend you inquire about the day’s forecasted weather before setting out on your walks. A useful website for climate information specific to towns and countries is www.weather2travel.com or www.yr.no
Tips and hints
In San Marco di Castellebate the route takes you by Approdo Resort Thalasso Spa where you might like to book a treatment on your walk back. You could then walk on to Santa Maria di Castellebate or take a local bus back. Pre-booking of treatments is advisable and additional costs apply.
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A sturdy pair of broken-in walking trainers are adequate for this route if you don't wish to wear hiking boots. Along with your usual kit for a day walking in the elements make sure you pack an extra layer, plus rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, suncream, sun hat, and midge repellent spray. You may also find walking poles useful on this route - they will help take the pressure off your knees during the ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Make sure you bring emergency food (energy bars/trail mix) and enough water; it is recommended to drink 0.75 litres per 1 hour of hiking.
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