Beaches in Positano & Amalfi Coast: all you need to know.
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
When visiting the Amalfi Coast, especially for the first time, this is one of the places you simply must visit. When driving along the spectacular Amalfi Coast, the first cliffside town you will find is Positano, one of the most popular destinations in Europe, both for travellers with a love of picture perfect destinations to celebrities and influencers seeking a luxury weekend getaway. Positano is not only blessed with its great location and reputation but it also has four beautiful beaches as well as an additional secret one which we will share with you.
Looking to be fully immersed in the atmosphere and scenery of Positano? Then this is the place for you. The Spiaggia Grande features the most amazing and impressive back drop to all of your summer photo’s, a must if you are visiting Positano. It’s black sandy beach extends for about 800 metres, mostly owned by beach clubs with a small section for public use. We recommend for you to go early in the morning to find the best spot near the shore. The Spiaggia Grande is where most of the beach clubs are located and offers you all of the usual comforts such as; sun-beds, umbrellas, showers and restaurants which is great if you’re looking to spend your whole day at the beach. It’s also located right by a small harbour where ferries depart for Sorrento and Amalfi, so to avoid any disruption we would recommend you to choose a place far left of the shore.
Smaller and quieter than the Spiagga Grande, this beach is accessible within 10 minutes by taking a pretty and coastal path starting from the main dock in the town of Positano. Fornillo beach is more reserved and a little smaller than the Spiagga Grande, and also has a pebble beach. Pricing is also more reasonable here in terms of renting sun-beds and is preferred by the locals, there are also various beach clubs with all of the usual comforts and nice restaurants as well as also being an area free for the general public.
Arienzo beach has a spectacular setting and a fabulous atmosphere. If you’re looking to have a quiet and relaxing beach day, this one is for you. We would advise you to bring water shoes as the beach can be a little rocky in some areas.
Further away from the hustle and bustle of other beaches, Laurito is very quaint. It also has one of the most popular beach clubs and restaurants there is on the Amalfi Coast, Da Adolfo Restaurant, one you must try when visiting.
This hidden gem is not even on most travel guides and you will most likely only find out about this one through someone with local knowledge. Tordigliano has one of the biggest beaches on the Amalfi Coast, mostly formed by pebbles and all for public use, here you will always find a place and most importantly will have a lot of personal space between you and other beachgoers. The water there is always crystal clear as well also having the amazing views of the Li Galli’s Islands which will leave you amazed.
How do I get there?
This beach can only be reached by foot, the downhill trek starts through a gap in the guard-rail on the Amalfi road, at about 8km and as you’re making your way down you will be immersed in nature. It is advisable to go early in the morning when the sun is not beating down on you as the walk takes about 20 minutes. To reach the starting point of this walk, you can take the Sita bus towards Positano from the Sorrento station and get off at the nearest stop, if you ask the driver he will advise you best where to stop.
One of the lesser known towns of the Amalfi Coast, Praiano is a perfect location for those who want to visit the areas less overcrowded by tourists. Praiano is the city of the sun, in fact it’s the only place on the Amalfi Coast where you can admire the sunset best, the most romantic and most breathtaking views you will see in your life. Here you will find two amazing beaches as well as an additional secret beach.
Marina di Praia
When visiting this beach, the best and advised hours to go are from 12:00 to 17:00, this is when the beach is surrounded by sun as it is set between two cliffs and on one side there is the Saracen tower of sighting called Torre a Mare. There is also one of the most romantic walks you can take that starts from the cliff and takes you directly down to the tower where you will find amazing sea-view panorama.
How do I get there?
Marina di Praia is reachable through the gap in the guard-rail on the Amalfi road, a few metres before arriving to the centre of Praiano. If walking, you can take the Sita bus towards Positano from Sorrento station and get off at the nearest stop. If you are travelling by car, you can leave it at the end of the road near the pathway that takes you down or there is an area you can pay to park which is open during the summer.
Here you will be able to witness and admire the most fantastic view of Li Galli’s Island, Capri and Positano, a breathtaking view that will make you forget about the 413 steps you took to reach this beach. This beach is 30 metres wide and there are some allocated areas open for the public, there is also a beach club further down which occupies most of the space. This is also one of the only beaches in the Amalfi where you can enjoy the sunrise till sunset, so is perfect for those who like to soak up the sun and get their beautiful Golden tan.
How do I get there?
From the centre of Praiano, if traveling on foot, you can start your journey from San Gennaro’s church, following directions you will find the street that takes you to, as previously stated, the start of the staircase with 413 steps. However, if you’re travelling by sea you can take a sea-taxi from Marina Grande in Positano, this is the best route to take to avoid the long and steep staircase.
This famous creek and hidden little beach is one you can already begin to see and admire from the Amalfi road. In fact, this little shore is famous precisely for it’s 30 metre tall bridge where on the first Sunday of July every year, an amazing diving competition takes place. The fjord is lit by the sun only a few hours during the day and to reach what was once a little fisherman’s village, you have to walk down a small path of almost 200 steps. A must see if you’re going to visit the Amalfi Coast, however it can only be visited from the top as for safety reasons the steps that bring you down to the fjord are now closed.
If you’re looking to visit a truly unique and secret place, Lido Degli Artisti is perfect place for you. You can either catch a free transfer boat from Amalfi which will take you directly to the beach front of if you’re feeling fit and healthy you can take the flight of stairs which run along the cliffside, please not the stairs can be uneven, steep and we wouldn’t recommend for those with small children or those of a more mature age. Once arriving at the beach you can find every kind of amenity you will need to spend full day at the beach, from sun beds and loungers to even a bar and restaurant. The restaurant serves traditional Amalfitan food and of course their speciality is the freshly caught local fish, we recommend you to try the catch of the day and fritto misto for starters. There is also water sports activities such as kayaking that you can take part in, of course at an extra fee.
Conca Dei Marini
Nestled in the rocks of the Amalfi Coast, in the town of Conca Dei Marini and a few minutes before Amalfi town you will find this amazing place, Zeffiro Sereno. If you want to spend a relaxing and tranquil day at the beach away from the hustle and bustle of the touristic spots and summer crowds this is the perfect spot for you. You can enjoy some of the most amazing food and like a true authentic experience of an Italian beach day, just to paint you the picture this beach is only accessible by the sea, you will have to take a boat to reach the hidden little beachfront which makes the whole experience even more magical and memorable. The water here is super clean and crystal clear, the beach also consist of small rocks and pebbles so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes. If you want to spend a full day here we recommend you go first thing in the morning, just like many of the other beaches located on the left side of the Amalfi Coast, the sun sets here around 4:30pm since the beach is covered by the mountains and cliff rocks. You can also find an amazing little restaurant here which serves some of the most amazing seafood and fish you will ever try, we recommend you asking for the catch of the day as well as the Calamari and Wine with Peaches which they are famous for!