Positano is a small picturesque town with splendid coastal views, on the famous Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy. Positano is now my favorite place in the world! I remember a couple of years ago hearing about this amazing place and since then I’ve been dreaming about going on holiday to this picturesque Italian village.
It is definitely a luxury destination on the Amalfi Coast. Of course I knew this since I did my research. So worth it, and even if you are on a budget you can visit.
It is a place that I will go back to because it was mind-glowingly beautiful. I’d walk for a minute and then have to stop to just look at all the houses again, or the incredible sea view, or the stunning mountain backdrop.
How to get to Positano
From Naples airport, you can take a shuttle van which takes you straight to your hotel. Shared with 4, 5 people. This can be booked on Expedia. Or if you prefer you can book private transfer.
I wouldn’t recommend renting a car and driving to the Amalfi Coast to someone new to driving in Italy. The roads are very narrow.
Where to eat
Casa e Bottega is an amazing place for breakfast and lunch. It is highly recommended online, so we had to pay a visit during our stay. We enjoyed it so much that we ate there a couple of times. The smoothies are amazing. Fresh ingredients and clean. Everything on the menu is great. The decor is very cute.
Capricci restaurant has a big variety of options, but if you are a pizza fan you must visit. The location is nice, close to the beach and close to the shops.
Da Vicenzo for dinner is pretty good. Don’t forget to make a reservation. Egg plant parmigiana is delicious. Lots of fresh sea food options.
Saraceno d’Oro is more of a reasonably priced restaurant in the quiet part of Positano. It is a small family owned restaurant that has been around for quite a while. It has both indoor and outdoor seating with some of the outdoor seating being across the street. Fantastic pizza’s.
Where to stay
Le Sirenuse Hotel is in the perfect location and has the most beautiful views possible – possibly the best in Positano. They have a boat that takes various excursions that are included with the room as are the wine tastings. This is a place that you can splurge on and you won’t regret it.
Hotel Poseidon is Situated in an ideal location that provides both breathtaking views of the water and the town as well as easy access to Positano’s main beach and shops. It is high enough up the hill to get some exercise after shopping. The rooms are beautiful, with old world charm, and the views are beyond words. The terrace by the pool offers unmatched views of Positano and a wonderful aperitivo in the evenings.
What to do in Positano
Beaches of Positano of course. There are two that are in close proximity to each other. Main beach which is Positano Spiaggia. The views looking up from the water are spectacular. It is very crowded in the summer months be aware if you are not a fan of crowds, but there are plenty of chairs and towels for a fee. There is no sand, but rather pebbles, but the water is very clean and not as cold as I imagined. It is adjacent to the foot of the town, with plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping, so if your looking for action, it is readily available.
Fornillo beach I would say this is about a 5 min walk from the main beach, but it is worth it. We actually only spent 1 day here just because I thought it was a lot further. Slightly less crowded and less money to rent beach chairs and towels. We personally did not rent beach chairs. We walked to the edge with our flip-flops and left them right on the shore before we went in the water. Food: $7-$10 euro per main meal. Beach hire: $10-$12.50 euro (Front row). Aperol Spritz: $5 euro.
Day trip – Catch the ferry from the main dock and head to Capri. It is only 30 mins away by ferry from Positano and about 40 mins away from Naples.
The Path of the Gods is a beautiful hike and gives you a different perspective on the stunning Amalfi coastline.
Things to remember
- Come here for at least 4 nights so you have time to experience everything.
- Make Positano your base as it is situated perfectly to allow you to explore the Amalfi coast.
- Positano is the ultimate romantic getaway.
- Base yourself in a simple hotel or B&B if you are on a budget.
- Use the brilliant local boats and buses.
- Ladies no heels here as there is a lot of walking to do, and steep stairs so bring comfortable shoes.
“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” – John Steinbeck