Marina di Alliste
The seaside hamlet that is part of Alliste, there isn't an actual boat marina but pristine water and less crowded coast. Just four kilometers from Alliste, the low rocky coastline skirts the clear blue Ionian Sea. You won't find sandy beaches in this stretch, though; but you won't find too many crowds, either. There are access points, and for those who like swimming and immersing in the water rather than splashing in a shallow beach, this is the ideal place.
There are a few "sections" to Marina di Alliste, as it spreads along the shore from just south of Torre Suda down to Torre San Giovanni. At the north end is Capilungo. Then Pilella, and south of that is Posto Rosso. There are some services at each - bars, restaurants and a handful of stores.
A parking are, picnic area and nice waterfront overlook at Capilungo is also the beginning of a waterfront pathway called La Passeggiata. It's a walking and biking path on the reef that skirts the water for two kilometers, up to Pilella.
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