The mere mention of the name “Amalfi Coast” conjures images of calm-colored cities clinging to the cliffs, scenic beaches, bays, luxury hotels, and fascinating sunsets of the Mediterranean Sea and fine italyn style. The Amalfi Coast of Italy really fulfills all these promises.
From charming and interesting small towns, to boat trips along the coast, mountain walks on long, rugged paths, and archaeological sites … there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the area.
For all this and more, read about the best tourist destinations in the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is a charming old town, with a beating heart at Via San Cesareo, an alley lined with shops and restaurants. The public parks in Sorrento also allow visitors with sweeping views of the coast. On the beachfront below the cliffs, there are sidewalks instead of beaches, where visitors can pay for a chair and umbrella, to swim and soak up the sun. Ferries and large tourist boats leave from Marina Piccola’s small marina in Sorrento to Naples, Capri, Positano and other cities along the coast.
Positano is famous for its calm colors houses, colorful flowers, and its cliff-filled location – the town appears to be collapsing on the cliff at sea. The most important things to do here include shopping along Cristoforo Colombo Street, climbing the stairs network that reaches different levels of the city, and swimming in clear waters off the city’s shores.
Just 10 kilometers from Positano, Praiano may be the best kept secret of the Amalfi Coast. As one of the few coastal cities that lie below the cliffs and not above them, Praiano may feel more connected to the sea. It is still a fishing village, but it also has some fine hotels and fine restaurants serving local seafood. Great mountain hiking excursions depart from here, as well as swimming in the clear deep Mediterranean waters in these great cliffs is a surreal experience.
Although located a few kilometers from the sea, Ravello is still able to attract the tourist masses. It is famous for its gardens and villas, many of which are open to the public and offer great views of the sea and coast. Ravello is also famous for performing arts, with an important summer music festival and Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, a very modern concert hall that seems to hang over the sea.
Discover Amalfi in an innovative style
Kayaking along the Amalfi Coast is a great way to get close to the stunning scenery of the area, as elegant kayaks allow you to paddle near cliffs, in some marine caves, and on deserted beaches in hidden marine camps. Most of the major cities of Amalfi include kayak rental dealers, and many offer guided tours.
Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium in Ravello
Kayak in the Amalfi Coast
The vast Amalfi Sea is an ideal destination for canoeing
Praiano has slopes not above it
The stunning postiano from the sea
Paddle in the magnificent Amalfi Coast
Ravello overlooking the sea
Alley Via San Cesareo in Sorrento
Cristoforo Colombo Street in Positano
Sunset in Positano