I have wanted to visit the Amalfi Coast for a long time, this trip was third time lucky due to Covid and boy was it worth the wait! Such a stunning part of the world. I visited in May and the weather was perfect (25 degrees most days) and it wasn’t too busy. I planned a few things in advance to ensure I could base myself in Positano and visit Capri, Sorrento and Amalfi town on day trips.
I flew from Edinburgh to Naples with EasyJet and then got a private transfer to Positano. Not the cheapest option but by far the easiest. I booked my transfer with https://airportstaxitransfers.com/ who were great!
Positano was everything I thought it would be. But be warned in advance there are many many steep hills and lots of steps. This is definitely not a destination for those who have mobility issues. I stayed at Hotel Il Gabbiano which was about 10 minute walk (downhill) to the beach/ferry. The hotel was located well and nice, I did find it quite basic but the availability and price of hotels in Positano is eye watering. Positano is a dream, its a wonderful place to just wander round in a sun hat (which is what I did, a lot).
Positano is the most famous and iconic village on the Amalfi Coast, the spectacular strip of coastline with the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea to one side and the peaks of the Lattari Mountains to the other.
The food was incredible (and really reasonably priced I thought). Lots of lovely bars to stop at for a lemon spritz and the ferry port for day trips just off the beach. On my last day I rented a sun lounger at the beach (30euro front row / 25euro other rows) not cheap but a great way to spend the day. I can imagine in summer Positano would be a bit crazy. In May there were already long queues for the ferry’s.
I took the ferry from Positano to Capri (booked with Ferryhopper) you can just book on the day but I like to know in advance when I am going so I can plan. Its about a 30min sailing and very scenic so worth it for sure. I spent a lot of my day here at a lovely little beach, I then got the funicular which connects the Marina Grande on the coast with the Piazza Umberto I in the centre of the island. It only take a few minutes and cost 2euro and importantly saves your legs from another steep climb! The Piazzetta is beautiful and really the central hub of the island.
The harbour round by the ferry port is very pretty but there is not much going on in the area around it. I guess most people arrive here and then either go to Anacapri, one of the beaches or the Piazzetta above.
Another day trip from Positano via ferry to Sorrento, this one took around an hour.
Amalfi in only a short ferry trip from Positano, 15 minutes from Positano. Its a small town so you really only need a day here. The main square is the big attraction and its busy! I had a wander around and then headed to the lovely little beach near the ferry where you can rent a sun lounger with waiter service for 10euro.