Amalfi Coast Tour
The beauty of Nature
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If you are about to visit the Amalfi Coast, don’t expect to find a dream promenade. On the Coast by beach we mean a handkerchief of pebbles torn from the cliff, small territories that mark the boundary between the sea and the rocks that descend steeply. Most villages are located well above sea level, so it is often necessary to take long stairways or footpaths, which are often not easy to reach and climb along the coast. But the reward of such fatigue are small corners of paradise with crystal clear water. Venturing out with a boat, you can reach some coves accessible only from the sea, where you may feel the emotion of having a beach all for yourself. A tip: on almost all the beaches of the Amalfi Coast the sun goes away in the early afternoon, so if you want to enjoy a whole day of sunshine it is better that you do not linger too long.
VIETRI SUL MARE BEACHES
In Vietri sul Mare there are some of the biggest beaches of the Coast, comfortable and easily reachable. These characteristics, together with its proximity to Salerno, the immediate access from the A3 motorway and the presence of the only railway station on the coast, make it one of the most popular destinations for bathers during the high season. The Bay is the first beach you meet coming from Salerno, and is one of the few sandy beaches of the coast, as well as being one of the longest (400 meters); due to its proximity to the port of Salerno, the water is not the most crystalline but the easy access with both car and public transport, the numerous bathing establishments and the presence of the sun until late afternoon make it a favourite place for families. Crespella is a beach dominated by a sixteenth-century tower overlooking the Due Fratelli, the small Faraglioni of Vietri sul Mare, and is generally quite quiet. Marina di Vietri is a beach recently born from the flood that in 1954 hit the entire coastal strip from Vietri to Minori in 1954. Mud and debris rolling downhill pushed the beach by about 100 meters, creating a previously non-existent sandy bottom; on one side there is a large bathing establishment, while on the other there is a stretch of free beach. Albori is a hamlet of Vietri, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Like most of the ancient residential settlements of the Coast it is located on a hill, and has a small marina connected by impervious country paths. Today on the beaches of Marina d’ Albori you can arrive more comfortably, following a flight of steps that starts from km 48 of the state road, not far from Vietri. The beaches of Marina d’ Albori are sunny until late afternoon.
On the coast of Nerano you will find some of the most beautiful beaches of the Amalfi Coast, easily reachable or to “conquer” after impervious paths overlooking the sea. Marina del Cantone is the bay of Nerano, a wide beach, with free areas, bathing establishments and restaurants built on stilts overlooking the sea of the Amalfi Coast. The exposure to the South and the mountains that protect it from the wind make it possible to enjoy the beautiful sunny days here from late March to late October. The water is always very clean and pleasantly fresh. On the left-hand side of the beach, the sun sets about an hour later than on the right-hand side (called Tedeschi beach). From Marina del Cantone starts a path that, in about a quarter of an hour’s walk, leads to the Recommone Bay, an evocative corner of the Amalfi Coast, well sheltered from the winds, where there is only one bathing establishment, with its restaurant. In the inlet you will find the Recommone Cave and the Fishermen’s Cave, which are particularly pleasant for cooling off in the summer days. The beach of the Bay of Ieranto is located at the end of the long path that leads from Nerano towards the extreme tip of the Amalfi Coast, where it joins the Sorrento Peninsula, in a small bay exactly opposite the Faraglioni di Capri. The path that starts from Nerano is about two kilometres long and the descent takes a little less than an hour (more than an hour for the ascent).
Positano is one of the most popular destinations on the Amalfi Coast. A picture-postcard scenery frames its beaches, from the worldly beach of Marina Grande to the quietest and most reserved Laurito and Arienzo. Laurito is a small and wild beach, reachable through a ramp of stairs that descend from the square in front of the Hotel San Pietro; there is a free and private area managed by a small hotel, and two restaurants where you can eat with your feet on the beach in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The beach of Arienzo is also known as the “three hundred steps”, because of the steps to be taken to reach it, a staircase of great charm from which you can peek inside the gardens of some of the most luxurious villas of the Amalfi Coast. Arienzo is the beach of Positano where the sun goes away later, thanks to the favourable south-west exposure, and has both a side with free access and a private side, with bathing establishment and services. Marina Grande di Positano is the main beach of Positano. On the large sandy beach of almost three hundred meters, with the islands of Li Galli in front of it and behind it the colourful waterfall of Positano’s houses, there are bathing establishments, restaurants and a discotheque. It’s easy to understand why this beach is the favourite meeting place for Positano people, tourists and VIPs from all over the Amalfi Coast. On the beach of Marina Grande there are two bathing establishments and a free zone, where there is also boarding for excursions and shuttle bus service to the nearby coves. Through a romantic walk between the sea and the rock that starts from the dock of the boats of Positano you will reach the beach of Fornillo, a favourite meeting point for those who are looking for a quieter and more intimate beach than Marina Grande.
The village of Praiano, scattered between the coast and the mountains, offers inviting, quiet beaches and above all the only beach of the Amalfi Coast illuminated by the sun until sunset. The Furore Fjord is one of the most fascinating places on the Amalfi Coast, a place always cool and illuminated by the sun only in the early afternoon hours. Marina di Praia is a pebble beach set on a high cliff on one side of which dominates the Torre a Mare, an ancient Saracen watchtower; from this beach one of the most romantic walks of the Amalfi Coast begins, which runs around the cliff below the tower. On the beach of Marina di Praia there are some excellent restaurants by the sea and the Africana, one of the most trendy discos on the coast. The beach is sunlit only in the central areas of the day. The beach of the Gavitella is a completely private beach that offers a wonderful view of Positano, the Islands of Li Galli and the Island of Capri, and the opportunity to enjoy the sun until sunset, seeing the exposure to the West. In the lido there is also an excellent restaurant open for lunch and dinner. The shuttle bus service is also available in the middle of summer in the evening.
Whether you are looking for a quiet and solitary beach, or prefer a well-equipped and comfortable bathing establishment, between Amalfi and the surrounding area you will find what’s right for you. The beach of Marina Grande is the largest beach in Amalfi and usually the most crowded of the Amalfi Coast, since practically all tourists arriving from these parts sooner or later pass through Amalfi. On this beach there are several bathing establishments and a stretch of free beach. Even if it’s a relatively large beach, you may find it difficult to find a free place on summer weekends unless you arrive early in the morning. The beach of Duoglio is located one kilometre after Amalfi (coming from Vietri sul Mare), and can be reached along a long staircase of more than four hundred steps, which starts from the Amalfi State Road. The effort of the ascent will be well rewarded by the joy of swimming in one of the cleanest waters of the Amalfi Coast. On the beach there are two bathing establishments and a stretch of free beach. One of the establishments, the Lido degli Artisti, also rents everything you need for water sports such as canoes, windsurfing and diving equipment. The sun on this beach goes away in the early afternoon.
MAIORI AND MINORI BEACHES
Erchie, Maiori and Minori: three of the biggest beaches on the Amalfi Coast and most suitable for families with children. Comfortable for the sandy coastline, the proximity of parking and public transport and the presence of bathing establishments, bars and restaurants. Erchie is a hamlet of Maiori, a small fishing village leaning against one of the most beautiful and popular beaches of the Amalfi Coast. The two hundred meters of beach are bordered on the sides by two Saracen towers, ancient outposts for pirates sighting. The water is always clean and the sun lingers until late in the afternoon. Next to the bathing establishments there is a free beach. Close to the beach there are excellent restaurants with an informal atmosphere that offers simple fish and homemade cuisine of the Amalfi Coast. The Maiori beach is one of the few sandy beaches of the Amalfi Coast, and is almost completely occupied by bathing establishments. There are only two stretches of free beach at both ends. For refreshments, even in the free areas, you will find kiosks. The beach of Minori is about 250 meters long and consists mainly of fine sand. In the centre there are 3 bathing establishments while the sides are free. The beach is exposed to the South and has sun all day long.
In Cetara you will find quiet beaches, a few steps from the delightful fishing village, the best place on the Amalfi Coast to eat fish. Marina di Cetara is the small beach of the village, the waters are very clean and the sun remains until late in the afternoon; around are the small houses, the port of fishermen and the tower. The beach of the Port of Cetara is located behind the harbour, and is an artificial beach born from the deposit of materials used for the construction of popular houses after the earthquake of the eighties. The beach of Lannio is a sandy beach that is located immediately before reaching the village of Cetara (coming from Vietri sul Mare); it is accessed by a short walk that starts from the tower and ends with a ramp of stairs.
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