Where to stay in Amalfi Coast? That’s a good question! Especially because each city of the Amalfi Coast has its own characteristics. All the Amalfi Coast is beautiful but there are a few factors we should consider before making our choise.
The first factor we can consider is the season. The touristic season finishes at the first weekend of November. The result is that after this weekend many hotels and restaurants are closed. Instead most of the shops are opened till the end of the year. The result is that the worst period of the year to go to the Amalfi Coast is between January and March, before the beginning of the new season.
Some Amalfi Coast Towns are more influenced by the tourist season than others. That’s why our choice of where to stay in Amalfi Coast is different in summer and winter.
Let’s now consider our best choice where to stay in Amalfi Coast in summer.
Where to stay in Amalfi Coast in Summer
The best choice in summer is Positano. It has a very beutiful beach and than you can do many things here. It’s full of hotels restaurant and shops. You can easily get to Capri by boat in about half a hour. From Positano you can easily visit the other Amalfi Coast Towns.
Where to stay in Amalfi Coast in Winter
The best choice in winter is Sorrento. This one of the biggest Amalfi Coast Towns and is the one less affected by the tourist seasons. Also in winter you have more chance to find the restaurants, hotel and other attractions opened.
Where to stay in Amalfi Coast without a car
Where to stay in Amalfi Coast without a car? The Amalfi Coast Towns are well connected by public transportations. In this way it isn’t a big problem to get from one city to another by car. Anyway the trasportation times are longer by bus than by car. So it’s much better to stay in one of the city in the middle of the Amalfi Coast. In this way you can it will not take to long visit the Amalfi Coast towns to the left and to the right.
In the Amalfi Coast there are very beautiful hotels far from the city centers. If you don’t have the car is better to stay in an Amalfi Coast town, in the center. In this way you can go to the restaurants, shops on foot and easily find everything you need.
Mountains or sea?
In the Amalfi Coast there are towns located on the see but other on the mountains. Despite the view from the mountains is beautiful it is not confortable chose towns like Ravello that are not directly on the sea.
Every time you would wanted to go somewhere, you have to come down from the mountain to get to the Amalfi Coast main road to than get to your destination.
Much better to stay in Positano where you have everything you need and if you want to go to Ravello or on the mountain for a path you can go… otherwise you can relax on the beach 😉 …
What is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast? – The Amalfi Coast is beautiful and I’m sure you want that your trip to Amalfi Coast is very special. That maybe the reason yhy you’re asking the following question: What is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast? In this post we give you the answer.
What is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast?
What is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast? If you can choose when to visit the Amalfi Coast you should go from May to June. This is the time when spring explodes in a profusion of smells and colors and in especially in June the sun is warm enough to enjoy the sea.
What is the best month to visit the Amalfi Coast?
May is the best month for a trip to the Amalfi Coast: perfect temperatures, bright colors and it isn’t too crowded.
Is August a good time to visit the Amalfi Coast?
It can be but before deciding you should understand how is the Amalfi Coast in Summer. In July and August in fact the Amalfi Coast is very crowded and the weather is very hot. These aren’t the best month for the Amalfi Coast especially if you want to include places such as Herculaneum or Pompeii to your trip. Pompeii needs a full day and it’s very exhausting when it’s too hot.
Anyway there are also good advantages. It’s a very good time to swim. Than public transportation times are extended. In this way you have more time to visit places.
You can see the following example. If you go by boat to Amalfi for a day trip from Positano you have to come back at 6 pm in June but after July you can come back later at 9:30 pm. In fact in the website that ride will be available in summer.
Also for Capri there are more ferry boat times available. You can arrive to Capri early and take the best advantage of the full day.
Is October a good time to visit the Amalfi Coast?
Yes it is! The weather is warm and it isn’t too crowded. In October there are still sunny days. There are still boat services available such as the one from Amalfi to the Emerald Grotto or Grotta dello Smeraldo.
You can see a few pictures I took at the end of October.
In october you can dress with only a light jacket and sometime is warm and a T-shirt is enough.
Can you swim in Amalfi in October?
You normally can’t swim … but the last few years October was warmer than normal…
The Amalfi Coast in winter
The winter isn’t the best time to visit Amalfi Coast. As we’ve already explained in the post “Amalfi Coast Towns” the touristic season finishes at the first weekend of November. The result is that after this weekend many hotels and restaurants are closed.
If you visit the Amalfi Coast in winter it’s better you stay in Sorrento. It’s one of the biggest Amalfi Coast towns and it’s the town less affected by the touristic seasons. In this way you can have all the services you need and If you want visit the other town during the day.
Positano Italy – Things to do in Positano – Positano beach. As I’ve already said in the post “Amalfi Coast Towns” Positano is one of the best village town in Amalfi Coast. Many people are enchanted by its beauty.
As you can see below Positano is devoloped on different levels and starting from the top going down to the pedestrian center you have to follow a road on the coast. On this road you can find many restaurants with a wide view of the coast and of the see. It’s unique!
In the pedestrian area you’ll see many shops where you can find many clothes in a perfect Positan’s style.
At the end of everything you find something very precious in this area: the beach! This makes Positano the town to choose for those that love beaches.
As a result maybe Positano is the best town to stay in especially in the summertime but not in the low season. Positano is the town most affected by the touristic seasons!
Things to do in Positano
In Positano there are many things to do and visit. Here you can find the main points of interest.
Santa Maria dell’Assunta Curch
MAR, the roman archeological museum
The Saracean Tower
The Positano beaches
The Path of the Gods Positano or il Sentiero degli Dei: you can take the bus in Positano (https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari – 5070 AMALFI – POSITANO – SORRENTO (via Meta – via Massa Lubrense – via Nastro Verde)) and in a few minutes you arrive to the following bus stop: Via Arienzo, 53, 84017 Arienzo SA
One of the best things to do in Positano is to relax on the Positano beach and enjoy the view. Positano beach is very nice and it’s also big compared to others beaches in the Amalfi Coast. When you walk from the highest part of Positano to the lower part through the city center you finally arrive to Positano beach.
You can see Postiano beach in many post cards and many beautiful pictures around the web. The truth is that Positano beach is really beautiful and unique for its scenario.
There is also another beach you can easily reach on foot: Fornillo Beach.
Things to do in Positano
The very first thing you should do in Positano Italy is to get lost in the town and find out all the characteristic corners and shops.
Then you can’t miss the amazing sunset! You’ll get in love with it.
Positano is very good point to take a boat and to go to visit that marvellous and unique island that Capri is. You can go for a daily tour or stay at least one night to have more time to enjoy this place.
The beautiful Grotta dello Smeraldo is not far from Positano Italy and you can choose it as a tour from Positano.
Another of the things to do in Positano is to take the boat and visit one of the other Amalfi Coast towns. From Positano Italy you can visit the following Towns by boat (https://www.travelmar.it/)
Amalfi (about 30 min from Positano Italy)
Minori (about 1.10 from Positano Italy) In Minori you can visit:
The Ruins of Roman Villa and Antiquarium
The Path of the Lemons
Maiori (about 1.20 from Positano Italy)
Salerno (about 1.20 h from Positano Italy)
Cetara (about 1.30 h or 2 h from Positano Italy) This town has a beach and the town is very characteristic. Cetara is known for the best tuna of the amalfi coast and for the anchovy sauce.
Other beaches to visit
If you are in Positano Italy for few days you can also visit other very nice beaches in the area:
Marina di Praia (Praino) – about 30 minutes from Positano.
Bagni Regina Giovanna – about 30 minutes by car
From Amalfi you can take the boat to get to the the small beaches reachable only by boat
Minori and Maiori
Marina del Cantone
Things to do in Positano in 3 days
Day 1 morning
After your arrival the best things to do in Positano are explore the town and relax on the Positano Beach.
Day 1 afternoon
Visit Positano + Sentiero degli Dei or the Path of the Gods Positano
Day 2 morning
Marina di Praia and have lunch in one of the restaurants on the beach.
Day 2 afternoon
The Emerald Grotto + Amalfi by bus. (you can find the bus times to the following page: bus time). Last bus Amalfi Positano at 7:00 pm.
Day 3 morning
Positano beach: Fornillo beach.
Day 3 afternoon
From Positano to Amalfi by boat.
The following ticket is very useful. You can use it for all the day and you can alse take one time a Travelmar boat.
You can for example go to Amalfi by boat and then come back by bus stopping in the places you want to visit.
Visit Amalfi + Ravello. You can go from Amalfi to Ravello by bus. In Ravello there are 2 beautiful villas to visit:
How can I get to Villa Rufolo from Amalfi? You can take the bus in Amalfi (Piazza Flavio Gioia, 1). The bus line is the number 5110 to get to Ravello.
Positano Italy: Dangerous and Forbidden beaches in this area
Positano Italy is unique and there are many things to do in Positano. Also the nearby area is really worthy to be visited.
Anyway there are areas you should avoid. There are especially beaches you should avoid because there are not safe for the landslide hazard. There are many nice places to visit in Positano and many things to do in Amalfi Coast so we don’t need to go in this places.
We should pay attention in order to spend a beautiful but also safe vacation in the Amalfi Coast. A few of the very famous Amalfi Coast beaches are located in the forbidden area. This is true for beaches such as Furore beach and Cavallo Morto.
In the picture below you can see the red zone you should avoid.
Furore: very famous beach but there is the landslide hazard and that’s why it’s dangerous.