In the last post on Costiera Amalfitana, I told you about where to stay in Sorrento, Italy and the must do’s and see’s in Capri and Anacapri, Italy. This post will focus on Positano, a beautiful sea-side cliff-town, as well as what you must bring when visiting the Amalfi Coast.
Final Stop: Positano
Positano is another town that is accessible from Sorrento, Italy, but plan to spend at least a whole day here in order to enjoy it fully. In order to access Positano, you’ll likely have to drive or take a bus. We drove and the drive was beyond beautiful.
Travel Tip: Since the roads are so narrow (and/or nonexistent) near the bottom of Positano, this results in a lot of walking in order to get to the beach. Make sure you are prepared to walk down after parking your car.
Once you get down to the bottom of this cliff, you’ll see many shops and a beautiful black sand, pebble beach. The sand gets incredibly hot because of the dark color so flip-flops and a towel are necessary in order to enjoy lounging. There are many beach side restaurants that offer beautiful views, along with many cafes on side streets.
I recommend, again, taking a boat tour that takes you around to see different views of the town. These can be purchased by standing on the wooden walkway in the center of the beach and waiting for the boats that arrive about every hour each afternoon. The costs of these tours range from 10 euros each to 15 euros each.
Many of the boat tours will stop at a cliff so that, if you choose, you can climb up the different levels on the cliff to jump into the crystal clear, blue water. For the less adventurous, this is a time where you can swim in the blue waters or lounge on the private beach that lies next to the cliff.
Travel Tip: If you choose to cliff-jump, make sure to enter the water feet first and keep your body straight. If you enter it at an angle, you’re more likely to get a little bruised. If you are lucky enough to have a waterproof camera, make sure to bring it with you because this is a great opportunity for photos and videos in the water and while jumping.
“Must-Have” Packing List:
Among your clothes, accessories and toiletries make sure you have the following…
- Sunscreen (the sun is much hotter in Southern Italy than most places)
- Walking shoes
- Bathing Suit(s)
- Flip Flops
- A jacket (the ferry/boat rides get chilly)
- A comb/brush (the windy boat rides really do a number on your hair)
- A swimsuit cover-up (many stores, even sea-side stores will not let you in with just a bathing suit so bring something that’s easy to put on when you need to leave the beach area)