:. Intro
:. Castelcivita grottoes
:. Castellabate

:. Medieval center

:. Santa Maria

:. San Marco

:. Licosa Island
:. Paestum
:. Padula Charterhouse
:. Palinuro
:. Velia
:. Typical food products
:. Diving in Cilento
:. Public transportation
:. Maps
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Don’t miss a visit to Punta Licosa, peaceful oasis where nature is still uncontaminated, the same nature that the Greek and Roman people saw a long time ago when they founded their Colonies on the Cilento coast. You can easily reach the Licosa Island – the most far away tip of the Stella Mountain promontory – by boat or by walking. The Punta Licosa Natural Sea Park is one of the best preserved areas of the Cilento coast. The charm of this beautiful place is enriched by the myth of the siren Leucosia that, according to the legend, disappeared into the sea. The name of the Licosa Island, in fact, comes from the siren Leucosia who, as Omero described in the Odissey, killed herself disappearing into the sea because she couldn’t bewitch the mighty Ulisse with her canto. Ulisses, in fact, Omero recounts, during his trip back to Itaca knew that in this tiny island were living the Leukotea and Leucosia sirens who, by singing, were used to bewitch and then kill any sailor who tried to get close to the island. He told his sailors to plug up their ears with wax caps and asked them to lashed him to the bigger mast of the ship so, he only, could hear the siren canto. Despite he asked several times in vain to his sailors to be unleashed, with this stratagem the triumphant Greek hero saved his life and the life of his crew. Not being able to win the mythic Ulisses, Leucosia killed herself disappearing in the waters in front of the island.

We suggest you take a beautiful excursion by sea to the Licosa Island: at San Marco harbour it’s possible to rent for convenient rates a powerboat (no driver license is required) with which you can go to the Licosa island (guided excursion also depart from the harbour). You can also reach the island by land: starting from the harbour, it’s possible to go (about 3 Km walking each way) through beautiful and relaxing paths on the seaside into the National Park. Across a path that lightly touches inlets and stone beaches you’ll pass through a huge green area where different kind of trees and plants from the Mediterranean vegetation are mixed. You’ll see the secular “Pinus Pinea”, the carobs, the grape-vine and olive-tree cultivation and many Aleppo Pines, holy trees for the Phoenician population that grow spontaneously in this area. On Licosa Island, you can see a beautiful lighthouse as well as the ruins of an ancient roman land settlement. Recently, not far from Punta Licosa was found a roman merchant ship sunk at the end of the II century A.C.

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