Start & Finish: Acqua Morta harbour / Sat Nav – parking & start of walk: 40.79368, 14.04305 / Distance: 3.7 km there & back (use 4 x walk extensions on the map for a longer hike) / Start elevation: 7 m / Max elevation: 17 m / Gain: 29 m / Typical Duration: 1 hour / Category: Easy / Mountain bike route: Yes (but you would need to push a short section on the beach around the headland to Via Miliscola, Miseno) / Parking: buy a ticket at Cafe Surprise and display (there are also toilets here)
On a sunny, breezy day this is a great family walk as it’s flat, suitable for kids and dogs and has lots of interesting features. The best way to arrive is to drive over the headland along Via Panoramica. Stop for a moment and enjoy the spectacular views of the coast and the islands in the bay. Procida is so close you can see windows glinting in the sun and down to the right you’ll see the tiny Isolotto di San Martino, with a few derelict munitions sheds from WWII on one side and a narrow bridge linking it to the mainland.
If you arrive here mid-morning, the tiny port of Acquamorta will be gently bustling as its fleet of small, brightly coloured boats arrive back with the morning’s catch – sun fish, squid, crabs, shrimp and many others. Nonnas (grandmas), restaurant owners and savvy locals know to come here at to buy the best of it between 9.30 – 10am before grabbing a coffee at Cafe Surprise and heading back to work. Come late in the afternoon and two dozen stray cats and kittens descend on the quay, waiting for a dear old man to feed them in the back of his car.
The walk takes you by a colourful grafitti covered wall, past the marina and out to the beach at Lago di Torre Fiume. You’ll be under a towering tufa cliff and if there’s swell, the waves will crash over the giant boulders of the breakwater. If you’re feeling bold, jump up here and look closely – there are fossils in the white stone. You’ll need waterproof shoes to cross a small stream here before you continue round to Miseno. There are 4 ways to extend the route (see the map), including a circuit of Lago di Miseno.
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2 thoughts on “Monti di Procida – Coast Walk”
I love the walk at the Aquamorta in Monte di Procida (not Prochida;). The kind man who feeds the cats is Michael and he used to be a sea captain. His English is very good. I also feed the cats every day and the black and white one in the picture is always on the hood of my car when I come back from my walk. This walk is amazing – every single day – even in a storm! And yes, I have found some fossils in the white stone. Thank you for sharing this!
Thank you for your kind words Claudia and for more info on Michael and the cats. So funny I took a picture of the black and white cat that you know too. As you say, it’s a lovely walk in all seasons, especially when the waves crash over the breakwater in winter.