Cilento and the Vallo di Diano

We motored into the Gulf of Policastro and into the Marina di Scario, a small but charming town built around the harbour.

Scario, the church bells ring every quarter hour all night long.
Scario, the church bells ring every quarter hour all night long.

Behind the small town are mountains and the Cilento.  Trees are green and lush and there are flowers everywhere.

From the yacht, sailing in Gulf of Policastro.
From the yacht, sailing in Gulf of Policastro.

We had a quiet day wandering around the town, after a swim on the way over.  We were enchanted by a puppy two yachts down, being trained by his Italian skipper. The skipper would use a squeak dog to call the puppy and offer a treat if he could get up on the passarelle by himself. This passarelle is set fairly high, so it was good work.

Marina di Scario, puppy learning to use the passarelle.
Marina di Scario, puppy learning to use the passarelle.

The highlight of the morning was getting to the Baie degli Infreschi, which is a beautiful bay in the Cilento and Valley of Diana National Park.  No roads in, only hiking in or coming in by boat. We were happy we arrived early, because we had the bay to ourselves with just a few boats until noon. Pick up a mooring and enjoy!

Beautiful Infreschi Bay
Beautiful Infreschi Bay

 

Then the boats arrived, like a swarm of mosquitoes.  We found out that if a boat wants to come alongside and also use the mooring, then you have to welcome them alongside. We had a motor launch with a lovely Italian man and his wife that used her hands until we realised it wasn’t an option.

Area Marina Protetta Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta
Area Marina Protetta Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta