The Amalfi Coast is one of those gorgeous looking places that you glimpse in films, Instagram snaps or on Pinterest and think that it can’t possibly be as picture postcard beautiful as it appears to be in photos. But it is! I recently spent a week honeymooning on the Amalfi Coast with my husband and was amazed by the majestic scenery, beautiful beaches, hidden coves and delightful Italian restaurants. Here are a few of our favourite spots…
Finding accommodation on the Amalfi Coast during the summer is a lesson in patience. We were lucky and stumbled upon a last minute available room at Hotel La Bougainvillea in Positano and found the location was ideal – not too far up the steep hillside to make walking to the beach a chore. The staff were friendly and welcoming and even had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting in our room when we arrived. Every room also includes air con (an essential if you’re traveling during the summer months and surprising not always available when traveling in Italy), as well as unlimited wi-fi throughout the hotel. The inclusive buffet breakfast was also a nice touch and the ideal way to start the day before heading off for a lazy day at the beach.
A short 10 minute walk away from the hotel is Fornillo Beach, a local favourite and far less crowded then the tourist filled main Positano beach. A beach chair and umbrella is only five euro each to hire for the day, and there are several beachside cafes to choose from for lunch or happy hour. Da Ferdinando was our favourite for its crisp white house wine, seafood pasta dishes and complimentary limoncello when you leave.
You can’t go to Positano without enjoying a local favourite, a lemon sorbet served inside a frozen lemon. You’ll find them for sale in an ice cream shop not far from the ferry wharf. Pick one up and then go sit on the benches in the square nearby to people watch.
A visit to Positano also isn’t complete without a visit to Franco’s Bar. The elegant outdoor bar provides stunning views of Positano’s famous cliff and is a great place to stop by for a few pre-dinner cocktails. Arrive early to secure a table in the ‘front row’.
After a few days spent in Positano, we headed further around the coast to the small village of Praiano and stayed at the lovely Hotel Le Fioriere. Each night we enjoyed sitting on our balcony overlooking the ocean, sipping Italian wine and watching the sun set.
The hotel also has a stunning sunset rooftop bar and restaurant, which provides sweeping views of the bay. I highly recommend ordering the cheese board, which includes a generous array of local cheeses, and working your way through their craft beer and extensive cocktail list.
If you’re staying in Praiano it’s well worth hiring a scooter to beach and village hop along the Amalfi Coast. A short drive away from Praiano is Marina di Praia – a hidden pebble beach cove where you can hire a chair and umbrella for the day. There are several family run beachside restaurants to choose from, but follow the path on the right of the cove around to Il Pirata for a long lunch on the outdoor deck over looking the ocean. They do a great Amalfi Spritz and delicious seafood pasta.
Another hidden gem that is well worth the visit is Fiordo di Furore. The tiny beach is a short walk down from the main road, providing magnificent views of the cliffs, arched bridge and hilltop village above.