The Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO-listed landscape, widely famous for the many picturesque historical towns which line the region. Tourists repeatedly flock to this coastline in their thousands in order to experience a taste of the Amalfi lifestyle.
With constant sunshine, amazing food, beautiful blue water and spectacular scenery – it’s easy to fall in love with the Amalfi Coast.
With around 13 different towns to explore along the coastline – each of which offer their own special qualities and appeal, it can be difficult to prioritise the best destinations to see.
Public transport is very accessible, with local buses taking you along the whole stretch of the coast. For the budget-friendly traveller this is by far the best way to get around. However, the buses can get pretty hectic in peak season, with the large crowds and hot weather. This method may also not be great for anyone who gets travel sick – as there are quite a few twists and bends on the roads!
If you have a little more money to spend I would advice getting a boat company to transport you around the towns, as the views are amazing and it’s a lot more relaxing!
So once you have decided where to base yourself in the Amalfi Coast, you now need to figure out which other places to see! As travelling around can be quite hectic and tiring it would be almost impossible to visit every town on offer. So, here are some of my favourite Amalfi Coast towns you should not miss on your Amalfi adventure…
Ah Positano – the most recognizable town on the Amalfi Coast! Positano is a picturesque town renowned for it’s striking pastel-coloured houses, which stretch up the length of a hill. It is one of the most highly visited towns in the region – very popular with the rich and famous.
There are many side streets to explore, filled with independent boutiques selling typical Italian clothes and ceramics. A large beach sits at the base of the cliff, but this is very popular and can get quite crowded.
So, if crowds are not your thing, my number one tip is head down the walkway to the right of the beach. This will take you along the cliff face to Fornillo Beach – a much less busy stretch of beach. Here you will also find an array of beach bars which serve wonderful food and drinks – I highly recommend Da Ferdinando! (Great service and the Bruschetta is lovely!)
One warning though – as it is based on a hill side, there can be a lot of climbing involved, so be prepared! Although, the exercise does make you feel less guilty after eating all the pizza and gelato on offer!
Ravello is a town located up in the hills – 365 metres above sea level to be exact. If you are after peace, tranquillity and stunning views – you need to go to Ravello! It is a town like no other. It is my favourite place in all of Italy and I still dream of being back there to this day.
Ravello feels so far away from the other incredibly tourist dense towns. This hill-top town offers incredible panoramic views of the sea and neighbouring towns. Further inland, beautiful vineyards and houses perch on the cliff side.
When visiting Ravello you NEED to visit one of the famous cliffside gardens, Villa Ruffolo and Villa Cimbrone. Here you can immerse yourself their wonderful grounds, full of brightly coloured plants, sculptures and out of this world views. A perfect place to reflect and have a moment of peace.
Gore Vidal, the famous long-time resident of Ravello, stated that the view from the belvedere of Villa Cimbrone was the most beautiful place he had ever seen on his travels.
Ok – technically Capri isn’t part of the Amalfi Coast, but it is only a short boat trip away! The majestic Island of Capri attracts many tourists – no one can resist the Islands charm and glamour. Capri offers spectacular landscapes all around the Island. As well as an abundance of designer boutiques, luxury hotels and restaurants.
A day trip is the perfect way to experience the best Capri has to offer – especially for the budget-conscious traveller! Boats arrive from destinations all along the Amalfi Coast into the Marina below Capri Town. A popular mode of transport from the Marina to the town is the Funicular railway – a highly picturesque way to travel. Capri Town is perfect for the keen shopper, full of designer shops and bustling cafes.
The second main town, Anacapri, is slightly quieter and has a more tranquil feel. It also boasts some of the most beautiful views on the Island! The greatest viewpoint sits at the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island, with striking 360 views. You can either reach the summit by foot, or what I recommended highly – the chairlift. For about £10 return, you can sit back and relax as you are slowly lifted up the mountain side, where amazing sea and Island views surround you. An extremely peaceful experience. The infamous Mount Vesuvius is also visible from here!
A trip to the Amalfi Coast isn’t complete without visiting Amalfi – the town that gives the coast it’s name! It is the largest town and one of the most popular places to stay, as it is located right in the middle of the coast. It is also noted as a slightly cheaper option. So a great place to base yourself.
Amalfi offers a bit of something for everyone – good beaches, historical landmarks and great food.Head to the town centre – specifically the Piazza del Duomo to view the incredible Roman Catholic cathedral. Here you can also find an array of bakery’s selling lovely pastries and pizzas or for those with more of a sweet tooth, gelato!
Maiori and Minori
For the beach lover or sun worshipper seeking crowd-free relaxation – head to the towns of Maiori or Minori! Located within a couple of kilometres of each other.
Maiori is home to the longest beach on the Amalfi Coast. It may not be as picturesque as the other towns but it does have a lot to offer. The flat sandy beaches and low-cost hotels and restaurants, make it the perfect spot for the budget-conscious traveller seeking tranquillity.
Known for great sunsets and an unpretentious feel, Minori is more of a laid-back fishing village. There is a small beach, which soaks up the sun all day. Minori is also great for history lovers as it is home to some incredible roman ruins – check out The Villa Marittima Romana. This town is also famous for it’s pasta, so testing the delicious local pasta is a must do!