|Santa Maria spiaggia|
Santa Maria, San Marco, Ogliastro Marina, Case del Conte & even Castellabate itself are all full of 'second homes' & holiday apartments. The 'second homers' will first visit at Easter and then sporadically at the weekends until the beginning of August, when
they come for at least 3 weeks, if not the whole month.
That is when the real craziness starts.
Our rules for surviving this craziness are:-
1. Stock up on bottled water before the end of July -
whichever brand is on offer during August will fly out of the
supermarket like there is no tomorrow & supplies will run low
2. DO NOT even attempt to go to the beach; not only is it
impossible to park unless you leave home at 8 am at the
latest, playing sardines with overweight Napolitani
who spend a lot of the day stuffing themselves with huge packets
of crisps (even toddlers are given a whole packet to themselves)
is not my idea of a fun day.
|Beach umbrellas abound on Marina Piccola|
3. Get to the supermarket before 10 am - after that it will be
impossible to park in the car park & if you were foolhardy
enough to even try, there is no guarantee that your car will
not be damaged by the time you return to it. For most
southern Italians, a car is merely a means of getting from
A to B, is meant to run until it dies & the more dents &
scratches it has, the better.
4. Adopt the Italian 'rules of the road': only ever let 3 cars pass
when you are either waiting to pull out at a junction, waiting
at a roundabout, entering the Autostrade from a slip road or
entering traffic after a 'pitstop'. Even local drivers have a very
'blinkered' approach as regards looking out for oncoming traffic
- some often pull out from side roads without even slowing
down. And the number of 'Sunday drivers' increases
dramatically (I'm pretty sure many of them only drive twice a
year - to come on holiday & to go home again a few weeks
5. Buy in lots of Magnum Minis for the freezer. We have to accept
that getting into town for a gelato probably won't happen for
most of August - again because of the parking issue. Those
holidaymakers who were parking up at 8 am will still be parked
at 9 pm or even later - the beachfront Lidos & town restaurants
will be packed out most evenings.
6. Avoid going out between 6.30 pm & 7.30 pm - that's when the
roads are busiest & the Polizia Comunale come out to direct the
traffic at San Marco roundabout & merely help add to the chaos
rather than keep the traffic flowing.
7. Stay up the mountain as much as possible; take 2 or 3 showers a
day to combat the heat; relax on a sunlounger with a good book
& end the day with a glass of wine or two.
|Perfect way to end the day|