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Gargano PeninsulaIf you want beach proximity in southern Italy, hotel prices tend to rocket. Fortunately, we’ve got the inside track, bringing you sea views for less in Campania, Basilicata, Calabria and Puglia.

Although destinations such as Capri and the Amalfi coast have long been on the tourist map, other stretches of southern Italian coastline still have an insider’s cachet. Even Puglia, which has become a popular low-cost flight destination for off-season sun-seekers, has its secret bays and deserted strands. The challenge, in a country which despite the economic downturn still has some of Europe’s highest accommodation prices, is balancing value for money with beach proximity. Here are 10 places that get the formula right. This selection takes in the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria and Puglia; for Sicily, see this previous feature.

CAMPANIA

Hotel Maronti, Barano, Ischia

Hotel Maronti Barano IschiaIf Capri is Italy’s archetypal dolce vita posing island, its near neighbour Ischia, a volcanic raft all abubble with thermal springs, is associated more with healthy spa tourism. But there’s no need to embark on a regime of steam baths and mudpacks, as Ischia has a laid-back beach scene too – which is at its most relaxed and family-oriented at Maronti, the island’s longest sandy strand. Set just back from the beach, the family-run, seaside-modernist Hotel Maronti has 25 neat, clean bedrooms and a large outside patio where breakfast (with delicious homemade jams and marmalades) is served in the shade of a handsome magnolia tree. It’s great value for money, especially if you opt for half-board.
• +39 081 990 162, hotelmaronti.it, doubles from €90

Hotel Solcalante, Procida

Hotel Solcalante ProcidaNever heard of Procida? Good: its under-the-radar status is one of the things that makes the smallest of the three inhabited Bay of Naples islands worth visiting. Many procidani commute by boat to Naples to work, and tourism here is refreshingly low-key. The Solcalante, meaning Setting Sun, is utterly in tune with the island’s rustic soul, with just 12 light and bright rooms arranged around the hotel’s trump card: a verdant garden perched (literally) above Pozzo Vecchio beach (as featured in the film Il Postino), with an open-air hot tub  ideal for sunset cocktails. Two generations of the Cerase family look after guests, man the bar, cook meals and run the small spa, which offers massages and other treatments at a fraction of what you’d pay in a Capri five-star.
• +39 081 810 1856, solcalante.it, doubles from €70

Eva Rooms, Atrani, Amalfi coast

Eva Rooms, Atrani, Amalfi coastSometimes life is Matrix-simple. The blue room, or the yellow room? Once that hurdle’s over you can relax and enjoy the charms of this compact two-room Amalfi coast B&B, which overlooks the sandy beach and maiolica-domed historic centre of Atrani, the saltier and less touristy next-door neighbour of Amalfi. I use the word “overlooks” advisedly: from the flower-decked terrace shared by both rooms, you could paraglide to the beach in a few seconds; if you prefer to use the stairs, it takes around a minute. Breakfast (fresh orange juice, just-baked pastries) is brought to your room so you can enjoy it on the terrace; and Pio, the host, is friendly, helpful, and knows everyone in Atrani and Amalfi – useful, for example, if you’ve made the mistake of coming by car and are looking for somewhere to park it.
• +39 089 872 875, evarooms.it, doubles from €70

La Locanda del Mare, Paestum

La Locanda del Mare PaestumAccommodation around the archeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, south of Naples, is generally dingy. La Locanda del Mare is a magnificent exception: bright, boxy and very stylish, this collection of white-washed bungalows in a pine forest is sandwiched between Paestum’s magnificent ancient Greek temples and a long stretch of gloriously sandy beach. Nineteen simple white rooms have wild splashes of colour; multi-hued cushions beckon in its homely living room and pretty garden; an excellent restaurant sources its ingredients locally; and the Med lies at the end of a short path that winds from the garden. With all this on tap, you have to wonder whether any guests manage to tear themselves away to explore the exquisite coastal villages and the wild Cilento national park nearby.
• +39 0828 811162, lalocandadelmare.net, doubles from €60

Get the full story at : guardian.co.uk
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