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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A SHORT BUT PRETTY WALK - RECOMMONE from MARINA DEL CANTONE


For anyone who doesn't really want to walk for miles and miles, but who appreciates beautiful scenery, then the walk from Marina del Cantone to Recommone and back is the one for you.
If you want to make the walk longer, then you can set off from Termini (further away) or Nerano (nearer), and either walk back to your starting point or take the local bus. A  description of the longer hike can be found on my website:
When you arrive down in Marina del Cantone, go down the steps to the side of the hotel Taverna del Capitano and onto the beach. Having admired the picturesque bay with its characteristic 3 "peaks" to the right, go to the far left where at  the side of the very last restaurant, Il Cantuccio,  you will find the path. Follow this and you cannot go wrong: there are no turnings at all and it takes you straight to Recommone.
Near to the start of the walk there is a tiny little house to your left and if you look to your right,  the whole of the bay, from its far-most tip to the main beach, is before you. In the summer the beach is cram-jam full of sunbeds and sun umbrellas and the sea buzzes with boats of every size and shape. Out of season peace reigns and you can start to imagine how it was many years ago, before the restaurants, before the hotels, before the jetties, and when the only boats were fishing boats.
If you would like to see Marina del Cantone many years ago, have a look at my Blog "Once upon a time Marina del Cantone"!
Back to our walk...continue along the path and you will come to a wooden bench where you can pause and catch your breath (if you need to) or simply sit for a while enjoying your surroundings.
Set off again and you will soon catch your first glimpse of one of the ancient defence towers dotted along this coast. It is rather dilapidated now with plants growing between its stones, but still standing. Once you reach the tower, the path starts to descend fairly steeply towards the beach. Between the trees, you will have views of the bay of Recommone, the Scruopolo rock, with the island of Isca and the Li Galli islands beyond. In the far distance the village of Vettica di Praiano clings to the hillside.
Once you get to the bottom of the steps, you will see a wall with a large open gate leading onto the beach. You have arrived!



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