Beaches in Positano & Amalfi Coast: all you need to know.

Positano, Top 3

Those of you before booking your flight to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, while scrolling through instragram and facebook pages has not been enchanted by the breathtaking landscapes, and the beaches wedged between the rocks and the water that is crystal clear?

You find many photos and videos and you can imagine yourself by the sea with the enchanted landscapes of our beautiful land.

Discover in this article the most beautiful beaches of the Amalfi Coast and surroundings, how to get there and above all which ones to choose which is best suited to your needs.

Beaches in Positano | Must know

A must see if visiting the Amalfi Coast, Positano is the first cliffside village on the most amazing Amalfi Coastal drive and one of the most popular places in Europe, both for travellers and Instagram models.

Positano is blessed with ten delightful beaches, all of different colors and styles, where in some of them 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. Let’s see best four beaches in Positano!

Beaches in Positano:

Spiaggia Grande

The Spiaggia Grande, is a great spot for soaking up the atmosphere and the scenery of Positano with its main beach and the most amazing back drop to take some gorgeous photos, a must if you are visiting Positano. With a black sandy beach, it extends for about 800 mt. mostly owed by beach clubs with a small section for public use. We recommend to go in the early hours of the morning to find a place near the shore.  Positano offers a pebbled beach and a black sandy beach where most of the beach clubs are located with all the comforts: sunbeds, umbrellas, showers and restaurants. The beach is just near the little harbour where ferries depart for Sorrento and Amalfi, so it is recommended to take place to the far left of the shore.

Lido l’Incanto
+39 089 81 11 77
Restaurant, beach club, snack bar, private events
Lido la scogliera
+39 089 81 11 77
Restaurant, beach club, snack bar, sunset aperitif


Fornillo, is quieter and smaller than the Spiaggia Grande, it is accessible in 10 minutes by a pretty coastal path starting from the main beach/ferry dock in the town of Positano. With its pebble beach, a little bit smaller than Spiaggia Grande but more reserved.  The prices are more reasonable to rent sunbeds and preferred by locals. It also has various beach clubs with all comforts and nice restaurants, but also free space for the public.

Pupetto beach club
+39 334 814 8254
Via Fornillo, 41, 84017 Positano SA
Beach club, bar, kayaking, snack bar


Arienzo, spectacular setting and fabulous atmosphere a very quiet and relaxing beach (a little bit rocky so bring water shoes).

Bagni d’Arienzo Beach club

Italian, Seafood, Fish, Mediterranean, Bar


Laurito, is far away from the hustle and bustle of the other beaches, very quaint and one of the most popular beach clubs/restaurants there is on the beach of the Amalfi Coast, Da Adolfo restaurant.

Da Adolfo
+39 089 875022
Italian, Seafood, Fish, Mediterranean, Bar

Tordigliano, a secret beach

Another hidden beach that not even travel guides mention or you will find unless you have local knowledge is the beautiful and wild beach of Tordigliano.
It is one of the biggest beaches on the Amalfi Coast, mostly formed by pebbles and all for public use. You will always find a place and you will have a lot of space betweeen you and other bathers. The water there is always crystal clear and your eyes will be transfixed on the amazing view of the Li Galli’s Islands.

How to reach Tordigliano?

This beach can only be reached on foot:

The downhill trek to this beach originates from a gap in the guard-rail on the Amalfi road, at about km 8. The descent is immersed with nature, with usual shrubbery. It is advisable to go early in the morning when the sun is not beating down too strong and to go back in the late afternoon. The walk takes about 20 minutes. To reach the start of the way down, take the Sita bus towards Positano from the Sorrento station and get off at the nearest stop (you can ask the driver).

Beaches in Praiano

Praiano is a not the most known village of the Amalfi Coast, so it is a perfect location for those who wants to find places not overcrowded by tourists. Praiano is the city of Sun, in fact it is the only place on the Amalfi Coast where you can admire the sunset, the most romantic and most breath taking you will probably see in your life.

Here you will find two beautiful beaches:

Marina di Praia

The advised hours to go is from 12.00 to 17.00, when the beach is drenched by the sun, it is set inside two cliffs. On one side there is an ancient Saracen tower of sighting, called Torre a Mare. Here curves one of the most romantic walks that starts from the cliff and arrives directly down the tower with an amazing sea-view panorama.

Via del Mare, 150 (80067) – Sorrento
+39 081 807 41 78
Italian, Seafood, Fish, Mediterranean, Bar

How to reach Marina di Praia?

Marina di Praia is reachable from the gap in the guard-rain on the Amalfi road, a few meters before arriving to the centre of Praiano:

  • Take the Sita bus towards Positano from Sorrento station and get off at the nearest stop.
  • You can leave your car at the end of the road near the pathway down, or the pay and park which is open in the Summer. 

Gavitella’s beach

From here you will be able to admire a fantastic view of Li Galli’s Island, Capri and Positano – a breath-taking view that will make you forget about the 413 stairs it takes to reach the beach. The beach is 30 mt wide and there are some platforms open to the public or there is a beach club down there which occupies most of the space.

It is one of the only beaches in Amalfi where you can enjoy the sun till sunset, so it is perfect for those who likes to sunbath.

How to reach Gavitella’s beach?

  • Trom the centre of Praiano, starting from San Gennaro’s church, following directions you will find the street, as previously stated you will find the 400 steps. 
  • You can take a sea-taxi from Marina di Praia or from Marina Grande in Positano, taking this route you will avoid the hard climb/descent. 

Another little but famous creek is the Furore’s fjord, a little hidden beach which you can already admire from the Amalfi road. In fact, this little shore is famous preciously for its bridge 30mt tall where on the first Sunday of July every year, takes place an amazing diving competition. The fjord is lit by the sun only a few hours during the day and to reach what once was a little fisherman village you have to take a branch of the Amalfi road and walk down a street of almost 200 steps. A must if you’re going to visit the Amalfi Coast, but it can be visited only from the top as for safety reasons the steps that bring you down the fjord are now closed.

Amalfi Coast beach map

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