The Cilento National Park is a stunningly beautiful area with some of the best cycle routes in Italy!
The region of Campania has been known as a paradise on earth from ancient times on. It is famous for Pompeii, Amalfi, Capri and Sorrento and of course the vibrant city of Naples.
But it’s real secret is located south of Salerno. Here the Greeks built some of their most impressive temples at Paestum and a bit further south the coastline bulges out into an expanse of hills & mountains. This is the Cilento, now one of Italy’s biggest and most diverse National Parks, with UNESCO World Heritage listing.
One of the most memorable aspects the Cilento are the high mountains situated close to the sea, which enables you to do some of the world’s most scenic cycling. There’s something special about riding along cliff tops above the beach and then zigzagging up to over 1 500 m within sight of the sea before enjoying stunning views of the cliffs and beaches from above. Views of the island of Capri and the Amalfi coast stretch out across the bay behind the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea or small picturesque ports filled with fishing boats or small yachts never fail to impress from above.
And without the crowds you’ll find in more famous cycling destinations!
Although the Cilento offers endless possibilities to the road biking cyclist, amateur and well trained semi-professional alike, it is not yet discovered by many. So you’ll ride on quiet roads, with only a bit more traffic in the few flat areas, mainly concentrated along the coast, which immediately make way for rolling hilly country punctuated by several low mountains, where you’lll be almost completely by yourself. This makes for an interesting ride, where challenging climbs and exhilarating descents follow up at a breath taking pace.
We offer many different self-guided cycling tours , from leisurely rides to more challenging ones, along the coast or through the authentic inland. The stress of these tours is on the landscape and the food, but with some good cycling too! With 25 years of experience in this area, we can design exactly the tour you are looking for!
Some of our most popular tours follow roughly the beautiful Cilento Coast, with a few detours inland, a perfect tour in Spring or Autumn, when the beaches are empty. Other, slightly more challenging tours, bring you from Paestum into the ‘Heart of the Cilento’.
Recently a long-distance cycling route, the Via Silente, has become increasingly popular in Italy. For those who want to tackle the best parts of this route, either by nomal bike, E-bike or roadbike, we have developed a few tours which roughly follow this route, calibrating the daily distances, leaving out the less interesting parts, and integrating it with another few roads you don’t want to miss! Of course, we can offer a shorter version of this tour too.
And yes, there are some pretty challenging hills in the Cilento, but all of the above tours can be easily tackled by E-Bike.
Of course it’s also possible to combine the cycling through the Cilento, with a stunning ride along the world famous Amalfi Coast – perhaps until Sorrento.
For those who only look for a short, active break, we also offer shorter, 3- or 4-day tours especially designed for the E-Bike, a great way to explore and concentrate on the landscape, not only on the pedaling!
In case you want to cycle in company we do offer as well some great small group adventures, on which we of course will respect all the ‘post-Covid’ safety rules.
Ready for a real challenge?
We also offer several different bike challenges in the Cilento, ranging from short breaks to longer tours, with a variety of rides which can be adapted to your skills & fitness level, availalibilty of time, willingness to concentrate on the riding or to take in some of the culture as well. These challenges can be done individually, as well as with a small group (in which case we provide vehicle support).
Here are some of our favourite challenging routes. They are suggestions which can be mixed and matched, made shorter, easier, longer or steeper depending on the group’s abilities.
Check out the many different options of this southern Italian cycling paradise! – we can provide maps & GPS-tracks for any possible ride you might want to do, as well as find you the perfect accommodation & the best food.
Interested? Want to find out more? Please contact us. We are here to prepare the perfect tour for you!
And in case you want to explore this amazing area on foot: the Cilento is also a great area for some stunning hikes! Check out some of our beautiful walking tours here!