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Santa Maria di Castellabate, is an excellent destination for those who love the sea, for those who love it deeply, so much so that they don't just wallow in it but want to protect it. And get to know him better. This is why, fortunately, the marine protected area of Santa Maria di Castellabate, between the tips of Tresino and Licosa. Experts began to be interested in this area and its characteristics of fauna and flora around the sixties and seventies and the marine park that has been obtained is one of the first examples in Italy. To be doubly proud of it.
Marine Protected Area of Santa Maria di Castellabate
This marine protected area is in the province of Salerno and extends around the territory of Municipality of Castellabate. The land part is small, 0.02 square km, because obviously the protagonist is, by right, the sea. The marine area of Santa Maria di Castellabate it embraces 7,095 hectares managed by the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park Authority since it was established in 2009. If we want to get an idea of the sea we are talking about, it is what we see on any map of the area between tip of Ogliastro and the bay of Sauco, to the north it borders the municipality of Agropoli.
Santa Maria di Castellabate: video
In this video we can begin to imagine the wonders below sea level better than with a sterile map Santa Maria di Castellabate Offers us. In flora and fauna, accompanied by an excellent, warm and courteous welcome.
Santa Maria di Castellabate: what to see
It is by no means a lie for tourism purposes that relating to the extreme plant richness of the marine protected area of Santa Maria di Castellabate, the seabed is densely and bio-differently populated from species such as coralligenous and there are extensive Posidonia oceanica meadows where both fish and crustaceans graze happily, in large quantities and varieties.
Among the animals that we can say inhabitants and frequenters of the marine area of this stretch of Cilento there are also rare ones, therefore worthy of mention, here, of attention, when we go to Santa Maria di Castellabate. An example is the Mediterranean parrotfish, which is accompanied by the Syriella castellabatensis: it is a crustacean named after the area where it was discovered, back in 1975.
Others sea animals that we will find are and madrepore, the gorgonians, the well-known sea urchins and many sponges, near Licosa we can then go in search of a bio-concretion of vermetids, scientifically called "Dendropoma petraeum", and which must be imagined as something similar to tropical coral reefs. It has to be seen because it is one of the few species of the Mediterranean which form superficial bio-constructions, it is also exciting to encounter colonies of castanets (Pinna nobilis), a mollusk that belongs to the red list of the European Habitat Directive, therefore particularly valuable and protected.
Santa Maria di Castellabate: map
Here is a map, even if the territory is not too large, to better orient ourselves in the area. Especially since we will talk about beaches, hotel and bed & breakfast.
Santa Maria di Castellabate: beaches
Let's start from the beaches and divide them into three zones in correspondence with the areas of different protection indicated by the body that manages the salty waters of Santa Maria di Castellabate, each with a different environmental protection and conservation regime. The most protected, an integral reserve, is 169 hectares and includes the coast between Punta Tresino and Punta Pagliarola.
The general reserve area, of 3092 hectares, is instead that stretch of sea around the previous one near Punta Tresino, or the one facing the coast between Punta Torricella and Punta dell'Ogliastro. Always with the same protection regime, there is also the sea area near the pine forest of Licosa. The remaining 3699 hectares are protected but with more serenity. The beaches that overlook each type of area, in the vicinity of Santa Maria di Castellabate, have different rules and beauties, we can choose the combination or compromise that best suits us even changing every day.
Santa Maria di Castellabate Hotel
There are many hotels in the area of Santa Maria di Castellabate, most with human dimensions and great Mediterranean atmosphere. There is the Hotel Maria, in via Simeone, in the Lago hamlet very close to the sea, with comfortable rooms, not huge, but well arranged. There is Hotel La Pergola, in via Senatore Matarazzo, central and clean, comfortable and suitable for families. And then there is only to consult the many sites dedicated to the hotel offer, favoring the small and con traditional cuisine, essential ingredient for a real holiday a Santa Maria di Castellabate, enjoying the sea at 100%.
Santa Maria di Castellabate: b & b
For those who prefer accommodation in bed & breakfast, the choice is certainly no less wide in the surroundings of Santa Maria di Castellabate, rather. Just to name a few small places available, there are Belle vie, Menem, La Marina, Mariblu and Aurora, all with the marine protected area within walking distance and excellent treatment. Also in this case the addresses to be plumbed are not lacking, in addition to word of mouth from friends who have already experienced the beauty of the place, in person.
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