Cilento Coast Bike Tours
M inus the glitter and glitz of the Costiera Amalfitana, this authentic jewel of a coastline awaits its fame. A string of craggy, sun-bleached towns, among them the popular Agropoli, gleaming white Palinuro, and precious Santa Maria di Castellabate. This is Cilento. When it comes to its beaches, Campagnia’s southern bookend boasts a combination of secluded coves and long stretches of golden sand. Greek temples like Paestum and Veglia — astounding and without crowds. All of this, topped off with impressive daily monte e mare feasts, we celebrate Cilento’s unrivaled Southern charm and intense flavors.
Essence of Cilento Coast
- Follow a unique itinerary that runs entirely in Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, which combined make a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Visit the ancient Greek colonies of Paestum and Velia
- Take in the breathtaking sights of the blue, crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean
- Discover the taste and aroma of authentic cuisine that Italy is famous for; it’s the birthplace of buffalo mozzarella, eggplant parmigiana, and pizza!
- Meet local hosts whose warmth and hospitality are unmatched
- Cycle along the sea and on inland backroads, exploring “quiet” villages and historical sites
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The area is steeped in Greek mythology and legends.
Food & Wine
Some very simple but traditional Cilentano recipes include home-made scialatielle pasta and scauratelli , a pretzel-shaped fried pizza and le fritte, a type of dessert covered in drizzles of home produced honey and rosemary.
A striking coastline, about 100 km long, characterizes the southernmost part of the Campania region. It is comprised within one of the largest National Parks of Italy, named Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni Park. The coast preserves a great number of geological and geomorphological features, frequently well integrated with anthropic structures, which makes it a unique landscape. The morphology of the coastal area of the Park is characterized by hills sloping down to the sea, where alternate bays with small beaches and rocky headlands, hosting a large number of Norman Aragonese watchtowers. Limestone cliffs display impressive karst landforms, such as caves, which have undoubtedly favored human presence since the Middle Paleolithic period.
Best Time to Visit
May, September & October
What to Bring on Tour
On the Bike:
- 2-3 pairs of cycling shorts with chamois lining
- Chamois cream
- 2-3 brightly colored bicycle jerseys (one will be provided by us)
- Cycling gloves
- Cycling shoes and pedals (if you use them)
- Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
- Light weight jacket or vest
- Bicycle helmet
- Day pack/hip pack
- Arm and leg warmers
- Saddle (optional)
Off the Bike:
2-3 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
- We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
- 1-2 lightweight sweaters
- 1-2 pairs of shorts or slacks
- Intimate clothing/sleepwear
- Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town
For Alpine Tours:
Pack warmer clothing (layers), waterproof gear, warm gloves and hat
- Passport and photocopies of your passport
- Airline ticket/e-ticket information
- Camera and camera charger
- Cell phone
- Electrical adapter and adapter plug
- Prescriptions or other medications
- Bathing suit and sunscreen
- Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
- Cash for wine kitty (optional)