After two desperate months wait, my computer has finally arrived and is fixed (hurray!) so at last here are beaches from my trip to Amalfi coast. Just below Napoli and it`s famous Italian mafia, high above the sea level and endless mountain serpentines lays the magnificent Amalfi coast. Spectacular cities built into the mountains has the best view over the Mediterranean sea and some boutique style beaches lays just at the feet of it – no wonder this place has been selected as a UNESCO world’s heritage site. Amalfi coast is a s 40 km long coastline stretching from Sorrento Peninsula to Salerno with dozen of adorable little villages built in the way. Traditional Amalfi ceramics and super sized lemons is not just inspiration for this years fashion trends, but is and absolute must see while you are here. Every smallest town comes with a charming little bay of dark volcanic pebbles surrounded with milky blue sea. I have said it before – I’m not a fan of pebbly beaches, but you just can’t fell in love in these secluded bays. As majority of beaches are reachable only though a long flight of stairs easiest way to discover coastline is by boat. If you have a chance take a traditional wooden boat with your personal captain or share a taxi boat with a happy holiday crowd. If you don`t do boats and have a pair of fit legs there are plenty of beaches that you can visit on foot, but get ready for a proper calve workout as you will be facing hundreds of stairs down and back up again. We spent two amazing days on Amalfi coast and managed to see these four beauties, starting with the heart of coastline – Positano.
Marina Grande, Positano beach
Right in the center of Positano with a magnificent view up to the town and the cathedral, Marina Grande is a fancy place to be. Little busy as you would expect, but the easiest to reach from all of the Positano beaches as it’s right at the bottom of the town in a pleasant walking distance through the shopping street. While water is deep blue and clean, there were couple seaweed patches floating close to the shore making swimming quite impossible. There is no parking available and sun loungers comes at 12 eur a pop.
Marina Grande, Amalfi beach
Visiting Amalfi town is an absolute must while you are on Amalfi coast. This picturesque town is set right on the sea level and has quite a long pebbly beach with plenty of bathing establishments including a small corner for a general public. It had the cleanest waters of all the beaches on the coast and historic center is just across the road if you want to get quick lunch or just wonder through the little streets. Parking – available just outside the city – inside the mountain and if you drive little further you will find Atrani beach, which has a very similar settings and possibly slightly more space.
The Furore Fjord
Furore beach is an absolutely fascinating creation of nature, stretching 25 meters into the land between the cliffs, it has a bridge spanning over it. You can’t access it by boat, so only way is on foot or by car. Officially there is no parking by the fjord, but cars are left on the roadside and stairs by the side of the bridge will lead you down to secluded little paradise. You will catch the sun only during the middle of the day, which means it will be cool during the rest of the time.
Marina di Praia beach
We passed this beach several times while driving to Amalfi and Furore Fjord, and I was sold on the fantastic view from the above . Enclosed between the high cliffs it has deep blue waters and a long coastal walk that connects it with Praiano town. Note – road down to the beach is quite narrow, but it has a paid parking available at the bottom.
While trying to find a local golf course, on our way back to airport Salerno took us by complete surprise. This long sandy beach had Atlantic ocean feel and it was stretching kilometers into the outskirts of Salerno. It’s not really Hawaii, but if you had enough of pebbles you can finally lay down on something soft. Top tips: 1. While coastline is named after Amalfi town, the best place to stay is definitely Positano, this city is absolutely stunning. Exploding from fantastic street side restaurants, small boutique hotels and excellent shopping, it has the best views over the sea. Bit expensive, but totally worth it. 2. Hotels – don’t be fooled by the super expensive luxury hotels, any smallest hotel is done with such attention to detail and local charm, that even 2 stars feels great here. 3. Food, is truly Italiano-lishous anywhere you go. We tried locally recommended restaurant, which serves a modern Italian cuisine, and while it was great,I wish I have gone for the good old traditional. Here are couple other restaurants which looked very promising, but we didn’t have time to try them. 4. If you don’t have a car there is a coastal bus (link to timetable) that will be stopping at every town – come handy if you want to discover area. If you do have a car, try to park it somewhere along the only road of Positano, it is so much cheaper than the multistory car parks at the center of the Positano, which are 25 Eur/night. Find these beaches on the map: