What a fantastic adventure Castellabate was! I visited over New Years Eve with my mother and stayed in an apartment. It was a very lovely place with two small balconies with a fantastic view. The apartment had a well-equipped kitchen and we cooked a couple meals ourselves with local pasta and sauce mixes bought at a small store at one of Castellabate’s squares, X Octobre 12**.
Castellabate is definitely worth a two night stay. It’s interesting and beautiful and well exceeded our expectations. But expect lots of stairs! Also visit Santa Maria at the waterfront. If you’re coming by train, get off at Agropoli-Castellabate and call the Residenza d’epoca Tamara directly for pick-up. Better even to arrange in advance by email! They will charge you 25€. We unfortunately got some bozzo taxi driver (with a cross dangling from his mirror, very Catholic) who charged us a flat rate of 50€ and couldn’t even find the place. He even drove us to the wrong town at first! So, call the company and you’ll be fine!
The best part of our stay was by far the people. Ciro, our host from the Residenza, treated us with amazing hospitality. Since we were there over holidays (Dec 31 and Jan 1) the buses weren’t running so he personally offered to drive us twice to Santa Maria for free, on 1 Jan just to visit and on 31 Dec he called around and found probably the last available table for New Years Eve in the whole region down in Santa Maria and reserved it for us. New Years Eve is popular, one has to reserve a table well in advance like anywhere in the world. We ended up at an amazing restaurant and it was a really fun party actually. During the dance we were introduced and announced by the DJ that we were guests from Canada and all the locals were extremely welcoming.
Castellabate is an amazing experience, go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residenza d'Epoca Tamara offers apartments in the historic centre of Castellabate. It is in the heart of the Cilento National Park and has beautiful views of the sea, 2 km away.Each apartment at the Residenza Tamara has a living room, a fully equipped kitchenette, LCD TV, and air conditioning. Some have sea-view balconies.Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the Residence's nearby business centre. ... more less
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