Are you looking for a sun-and-sea holiday? Great! Let’s explore together the top 10 beaches in Campania, Italy. Our journey will take us south along the coast to the Gulf of Naples, with its islands and Sorrento Peninsula. It will then continue on to the Gulf of Salerno along the Amalfi Coast and down to Cilento Coast. The diversity of the landscape will amaze you. You will see mountains jutting into the ocean against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs, stunning villas, and lively villages. You will find beautiful beaches, tranquil bays, and old fishing villages. Campania is your home!
These are the top 10 beaches in Campania, Italy.
Campania’s stunning coastline captures your attention and captivates you from the water. The views from the mainland are stunning and will make you feel like you’re in paradise. No matter how you decide to explore the coast, don’t forget your swimming suit. It will be a joy to dive into the blue waters. Are you ready?
1. Spiaggia di Miliscola, Bacoli (Napoli)
Bacoli is the starting point for our journey to find the best beaches in Campania. This stretch of land overlooking the Gulf of Naples is known for its wine, Falanghina dei Campi Flegrei. However, it’s also well-known for its archaeological sites and long beaches. The Miliscola beach is one of the most beautiful.
It is only 2 km long and made from golden sand. Partially equipped, it offers a stunning view of Ischia and Procida. This is a great place to relax or take a refreshing dip. Enjoy the stunning sunset from here until late afternoon. This beach is truly a treasure!
A short distance from the Casina Vanvitelliana is the Casina Vanvitelliana. This charming hunting lodge of Bourbons, located on an island of Lake Fusaro, makes for a romantic stroll. It is a must-see!
2. Spiaggia dei Maronti, Ischia (Napoli)
Spiaggia dei Maronti, Ischia
Ischia, a volcanic island at the northern tip of the Gulf of Naples, is larger than neighboring Capri. It is well-known for its thermal waters which make it a popular destination for international tourists. Maronti beach is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. This 3km long stretch of sand is a haven of beauty thanks to its thermal springs and the unspoiled nature that surrounds it.
The famous fumaroles can be found right at the beach’s bottom. The lido can be transformed into a natural thermal bath by small geysers which release vapors at extremely high temperatures. Take a taxi boat from Sant’Angelo to reach the beach.
Cartaromana is another beach that’s worth mentioning. Here you can find some Roman remains on the seabed!
3. Baia di Ieranto, Massa Lubrense (Napoli)
Baia di Ieranto Massa Lubrense, beutifully shot by Gianfranco Vitolo
The Bay of Ieranto, a place of myth and legend, is right in front of Capri’s magnificent Faraglioni. Ulysses met the sirens here on his return to Ithaca. Access to the bay is restricted.
The bay is home to a lot of nature and wonders, so the path that leads to the beach is filled with beauty. You can relax, go snorkeling or kayaking. The view is breathtaking and the water is clear. This beach is one of the most beautiful in Campania.
4. Spiaggia del Fornillo, Positano (Salerno)
Positano remains one of the most interesting and popular spots on the Amalfi coast. It is a tiny corner of paradise with its pastel-colored boutiques and white houses decorated with bougainvillea.
The Marina Grande can be found by going down towards the square of Positano. The Marina Grande is where you will find the fish restaurants and bathing establishments. The beach we recommend is only a short walk from the rocks and is easily reached via a romantic stroll between the seashore and the rock. Fornillo Beach is a magical beach that overlooks the Li Galli archipelago. This is the perfect spot for anyone looking for a quieter beach than Marina Grande.
5. Spiaggia di Santa Croce, Amalfi (Salerno)
It was a strong Maritime Republic long ago. Amalfi, located between Sorrento & Salerno, is one of the most beautiful villages along the coast. We recommend that you visit the Cathedral of Sant’Andrea, enjoy a piece of Caprese at the famous Pasticceria Pansa and then head to Santa Croce.
This charming rocky beach is hidden within a small cave. It can only be reached by a taxi boat. It is rarely crowded because of this. There are two small bathing facilities, each with its own restaurant. You can enjoy the local cuisine while enjoying a glass local wine.
6. Spiaggia della Marina, Cetara (Salerno)
You will reach Cetara by driving south from Amalfi. Cetara is a charming fishing village with one of the most beautiful harbors on the entire coast. Cetara’s main beach is stunning, but it isn’t the only one. There are Spiaggia Del Lannio near the Tower, which dominates the village, as well as Spiaggia Del Porto just behind the harbor. These beaches are some of the most beautiful in Campania.
This village is a great place to take in the Amalfi Coast’s beauty and enjoy the local cuisine. Acqua Pazza and Il Convento are two of the best restaurants along the coast. We are sure that you will enjoy Cetara too!
7. Spiaggia del Lago, Santa Maria di Castellabate (Salerno)
Our journey continues towards Santa Maria di Castellabate on the Cilento Coast in the province of Salerno. It will feel like you are in the Caribbean when you reach Spiaggia del Lago. The water is crystal clear, with over a kilometer of fine golden sand and many shades of blue. It’s also ideal for snorkeling.
This is the perfect spot to take your children and family. You will find all the equipment you need to enjoy water sports at the beach. You can also easily access the Grande Testuggine or Punta Tresino promontory from the beach. This is a popular destination for trekkers. You now know why Santa Maria di Castellabate ranks among the top beaches in Campania.
8. Baia del Buondormire, Palinuro (Salerno)
Baia del Buondormire is one of the most beautiful places on the Cilento Coast. Its emerald waters will make you fall in love the moment you take your first dive. The golden beach is protected from the waves by the high rocks that overlook the sea. It can only be reached via the shuttle service that departs from Palinuro harbor.
Make sure to bring water, food, and a sun-shade. Enjoy a day of relaxation, long swimming, and explorations of sea caves once you’re there. If you’re booking a boat tour, make sure to stop by the Blue Grotto in Palinuro.
9. Cala Bianca, Marina di Camerota (Salerno)
Cala Bianca, one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches on the Cilento Coast is Cala Bianca. You can reach it only by sea from Marina di Camerota. You can then relax on the white pebbles, sunbathe and dive into the blue water. This little paradise is just for you! Although there aren’t any establishments, you can find a refreshment area that offers some services.
10. Spiaggia dei Gabbiani, Scario (Salerno)
The Cilento coast’s Scario is the pearl in our article on the best beaches of Campania. This small fishing village overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Policastro and offers stunning beaches and lush nature. You should remember that you can only reach the main beaches by sea, like the Spiaggia Dei Gabbiani.
You will find a pebble beach with clear water and shoals of small fish swimming around you. Take the first ferry to reach the right side of the beach. You will then cross a small cliff. Soon you will reach a different spot where you can enjoy the Caribbean waters alone… this is the paradise that you have always longed for!
Did you enjoy our top 10 beaches in Campania, Italy?
You just have to decide where you want to explore and then happily stay there for days… canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking or diving into the sea, learning about the history of the area, tasting local delicacies, and enjoying your summer vacation in Campania. You deserve it…