Beaches in Sorrento: all you need to know
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about spring and summer holidays in Sorrento & Amalfi Coast is obviously the sea. When travellers ask me what there is to do in Sorrento from April to October, I always recommend to spend a day at one of the beach clubs in Sorrento, opening their doors and restaurants on the sea to both locals and travellers.
As I was born here and have grown from boy to man, I know every corner of the Sorrento & Amalfi Coast and if you are planning to spend a day at the beach, you can find detailed here a guide to discover the best private and public beaches, beach clubs and establishments in Sorrento and its Coast, and what are amongst the best activities to do during your holiday in the South of Italy.
Since it sits on a clifftop, Sorrento beaches are not well known but despite it’s rocky coasts and plunging cliffs is really is worth taking a dip in its waters. Last year, it achieved the Blue Flag award, for its excellent quality of water, high efficiency in wastewater purification and the services provided by the bathing sites, a prestigious quality mark for the coastal area. The Sorrentine Peninsula has many beach clubs to offer and some are absolutely not to be missed, whether you are with the family, in a group of friends or in pairs, whether you like sand or pebbles, bathing establishments or small bays immersed in nature, the Sorrentine Peninsula is able to offer it.
Beaches in Sorrento, Marina Piccola | Must know
Marina Piccola is the main Sorrento bay and it is the closest to our apartments, suites and villas. It is 2 minutes walking distance from Sorrento Old Town and 6 minutes from Tasso’s square, the heart of Sorrento. On the right hand side of the Marina Piccola there’s the harbour where you catch the ferries to Naples, the Island of Capri and Ischia but on the left hand side you will find the main beach clubs in Sorrento, with sandy black beach and sundeck areas where sun loungers and umbrellas are set up. During summer people can be packed like sardines whichever place you choose, we recommend to book sun bed and umbrella in advance, especially on weekends and in the month of August.
There are four bathing establishments in Marina Piccola, all of different colors and styles, where you can rent sun beds, deck chairs and umbrellas, you can eat sea food or choose from the wide range of sandwiches or pizzas at the restaurant or enjoy a bottle of wine at sunset.
Beach clubs in Marina Piccola, Sorrento:
Bagni Salvatore offers a lovely sunbathing and swimming platform. It’s natural sea pool surrounded from the walls of the old roman villa, makes it a fairytale place. Their little snack bar offers seating and delicious restaurant-quality food.
Historical beach club of Sorrento Marina Piccola, Leonellis’ beach is ideal for families as the beach is large and it offers three terraces equipped with deckchairs, sunbeds and beach umbrellas. Finally, it has a restaurant and a high quality snack bar.
Stylish and elegant, Marameo Beach has been recently restyled and it offers amongst the deckchairs and sunbeds, floating sun beds and a leisure zone with sofa, chaise loungue and privè with Jacuzzi. The Marameo Restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner.
From the month of April until mid October, in the amazing scenery of the Marina Piccola, Peters beach opens its doors and it offers sunbathing on the piers with beds, umbrellas and towels available to rent, At sunset, when the beach is empty, a jazzy background music mixes with the evening breeze, and you can drink a cocktail by the sea or stop for dinner.
How to get to Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola is easily reachable from Sorrento city centre:
You can reach Marina Piccola walking down the steps from Piazza Tasso (next to the flags) or those from the Villa Comunale.
You can get to Marina Piccola taking a lift from the Villa Comunale, where the views from are simply beautiful.
In Piazza Tasso you can take the bus, internal line, which takes you down to the harbour always at the cost of €1 per person.
Public beach in Marina Piccola
As in every part of Italy, don’t expect many beaches to be free. The only free beach in Marina Piccola is a small strip between Peter’s beach club and Marameo beach. It is small and it gets very busy during the summer months.
Marina Grande in Sorrento
Marina Grande is a colourful and picturesque fishing village on the edge of the Bay and during the summer, and especially on weekends, the Marina is full of people swimming in the cool water. As in Marina Piccola, also here you will find mostly beach club on lava sand and Bagni Sant’Anna, built on the pier. There is a sandy beach but is really more for the fishing boats to be moored than to sunbathe or swim.
Bagni Sant’Anna is a large and well equipped sunbathing establishment with breathtaking views of the bay of Naples. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available on the Solarium, and you can swim in the fresh waters of the bay. The beach club has also a restaurant open at lunch and for dinner.
How to get to Marina Grande in Sorrento
To reach Marina Grande there are two alternatives:
Take the bus line D from Piazza Tasso to Marina Grande and reach the small village;
On foot, departing from Piazza Vittoria and taking Via Marina Grande.
Proper beaches near Sorrento
Meta – Lido Marinella
In the town of Meta di Sorrento, about 6km from Sorrento, a well-known fishermen’s village and sailors welcoming the Sorrento Peninsula, there is the classic Italian beach of sand or pebbles. It stretches for about 1km and also here you will find more bathing establishments, amongst which quoting one of the best “Lido Marinella”.
Set right on the beach with a gorgeous view of the sunset, it is perfect for families with children, as there is a playground on the beach with entertainers, changing rooms, showers and baths with hot water. There is also a Restaurant with sea food with vegetarian options also, it offers great service and is suitable for all occasions including weddings, birthdays and other ceremonies. Sport and beach volley and also kayaks, breakfast snacks and light lunch.
How to get to Meta di Sorrento
To reach the beach of Meta there are two ways:
From the centre of Sorrento you take the bus line A direction Meta Beach/Alimuri, the trip lasts about 30/40 minutes (depending on traffic) and the terminus is right at the entrance of the shores. The bus terminates right down next to the Marinella and other lidos.
By car: if you have rented one you can reach the town in about 15 minutes and park your vehicle in the parking down to the beach.
Take the train from Sorrento to Naples and exit at Meta di Sorrento train station. From the train station to the beach, it takes about fifteen minutes on foot.
Capo di Sorrento – Baths of Queen Giovanna / Lido la Solara
Just moving a little away from the centre of Sorrento towards Massa Lubrense, the scenery changes and I advise you not to miss the Baths of Queen Giovanna in Capo di Sorrento, where you can stay on a rocky area free of charge or enjoy pay to relax in a private beach club.
- Public beach – It is a limestone cliff overlooking the sea, on which centuries before there was the Roman Villa of Pollio Felice, of which only the ruins can now be admired. You have to walk down a wooden staircase but once you reach the bottom you find a small natural swimming pool, surrounded by rocks, thus finding yourself in a place that simulates a fairy tale.
- Private beach – La solara, a bathing establishment ideal for those who want to enjoy the tranquility of the place but with all the comforts. The latter also offers catering service to enjoy a delicious lunch with sea view.
How to get to Capo di Sorrento
Reaching the site is very easy, and there are two alternatives:
If you are equipped with a car you can reach the Capo di Sorrento and park in the “Parking Regina Giovanna”, then walk down a small path for about 10minutes
As a second option you can take the bus line A with the direction of Massa Lubrense from Tasso Square. The bus stop is just a few meters from the path you have to walk