One of the most beautiful places I’ve had the privilege of visiting in this lifetime is Positano. It is located on the Amalfi coast, which is right on the Mediterranean Sea. The roads are winding, the fish is fresh, the cliffs are dangerous and the views, well, breathtaking doesn’t even begin to cover it!
Though there is no shortage of activities in this cosmopolitan jewel of Southern Italy, I will give you five of my favorites, all of which would require you bring your camera. You’ll need it to prove (to yourself) that you’ve experienced this dreamland.
1. Shopping. Wander in and out of the upscale boutiques lining the steep, narrow, winding cobbled streets that lead down to the beach. Peruse fashions, art, jewelry and local ceramics. Perhaps you could splurge on a pair of custom made sandals or find the perfect souvenir to take home as a memento.
2. Hiking. Hugging the coast, high in the mountains of Positano is a hiking trail called Sentiero degli Dei or Path of the Gods. From here you will have gorgeous views of the cliffs and the deep, azure water. If you are feeling adventurous, you can twist and turn all the way to Amalfi, but be forewarned- you must be in good shape for this hike- it is no walk in the park!
3. Ferry Ride to Capri. In the nicer months you can hop a ferry or a super-fast hydrofoil over to the island of Capri. As if Positano isn’t beautiful enough- Capri kicks it up a few notches. Designer shopping, ocean views, towers, forts, spas and even a lighthouse. Head to the idyllic community of Anacapri for a visit to La Migliera, an old Roman road, and continue to the chairlift which will take you to Mount Solaro for stunning aerial views over the Bay of Naples.
4. Explore the Green Grotto. Perhaps a bit lesser known, and thereby a little less touristy is the Green Grotto. A cousin of the famous Blue Grotto. Some may call it cheezy- but hey, if natural wonders, especially of the ocean variety are cheezy- than sign me up and call me Brie! You’ll find the Esmeralda di Grotto near Priano. Unless you know someone with a private boat, you’ll have to pay for a tour.
5. Nothing at all. Without a doubt, my favorite thing to do in Positano is veg out on the beach and do absolutely nothing. Choose Spiaggia Grande if you want lots of company or take the pleasant walk over to the much quieter side of Fornillo. The beach is not soft, pristine white sand, but rather, hard, sharp pebbles- so save yourself the pain and splurge on a lounge chair and umbrella for the day. And if you don’t like looking at old European men in itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny Speedos, close your eyes and just let the sound of the surf lull you to sleep. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
What are your favorite things to do in a beautiful beach setting? Have you ever been to Positano?