Acciaroli, consistently awarded the coveted Blue Flag for its clean and crystalline sea, is situated in the coastal part of the Cilento National Park. It is a hamlet under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Pollica.
The village lies on a small strip of land jutting out into the Tyrrhenian Sea. At the end of this strip of land washed by the sea, you can see the little church of Our Lady of the Annunciation and the three original Saracen towers. The boat harbour of this picturesque little town has clear and deep blue waters and offers guests boating services directly on the wharfs. The marina fills with a variety of sailboats and motor boats in the summer months.
Acciaroli is known as a "fountain of youth" town for the longevity of its residents -with a high percentage of centarians. It is also one of the villages least-touched by modern development. It has kept its historic coastal village characteristic with an economy based prevalently on fishing. Another characteristic is the mild climate all year long that allows sunbathing from April to October. The rare water-lily still opens on the golden beach and it perfumes the air with its very intense scent. And the golden beach of Acciaroli, the Mezzatorre beach, is one of the best known in the area and it is much appreciated by Italians and foreign tourists alike. Acciaroli's old fishing village is also where Ernest Hemingway had a short and charming stay, supposedly finding his "old man" right there at the harbor, the character for his book The Old Man and the Sea.
With its narrow streets of Arabian character, Acciaroli can be described as a beautiful fishing village with coloured houses, friendly and hospitable people, a rich history and typical little shops.
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