Palinuro seen from the surrounding hills
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
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|Dialing code||(+39) 0974|
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish (frazione) of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. The name of the town is derived from Palinurus, the helmsman of Aeneas, as recorded in the fifth and sixth books of the Aeneid.
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Palinuro lies on the southern side of Cilento, on the Tyrrhenian Sea and in the northern part of Cape Palinuro. The town, situated at the estuaries of the Lambro and Mingardo rivers, is also the main port of the comune. It is 7 km from Centola, 8 km from Marina di Camerota, 10 km from Pisciotta and 80 km from Salerno.
It is popular with tourists, especially in summer, due to the cleanliness of its waters and beaches; and is regularly awarded a Blue Flag
The town is also famous for the caves along its coast, which are regularly visited, especially by frogmen.
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