The Amalfi Coast is one of the most idyllic destinations in Italy and the perfect place to enjoy a wealth of exciting activities while on holiday. Soak up the sun on one of the coastline’s stunning white beaches or take a boat trip to the nearby island of Capri to enjoy a day of exploration. Alternatively, relish a visit to the coastal towns of Positano or Praiano to gaze at the array of pastel-coloured houses or spend an afternoon traversing the rugged hillsides of the mountainous cliffs that line this beautiful coast.
With so much to do and see during your stay, it can be hard to know how to spend your time in this coastal paradise. However, as part our ‘a week in’ series, we’ve created a 7-day travel guide to help you make the most of your visit to the Amalfi Coast:
Day 1: Arrival
After a long day/night of travelling, the likelihood is that you’ll be feeling pretty tired, so take some time to relax and settle into holiday mode by having a quiet day of exploration. A trip to your nearest town is always a great first-day activity as it enables you to get your bearings and stock up on some basic holiday essentials that may need during the rest of your stay. Whether it’s Amalfi, Positano or Sorrento, spend a few hours soaking up the atmosphere by strolling around quaint cobbled streets, enjoying a refreshment at a local bar or café or browsing around one the many shops and boutiques where a range of local treasures are sure to be on offer.
Day 2: Capri
After a chilled-out first day, you’ll be feeling refreshed and ready for an adventure, so why not spend your second day exploring a little further afield with a trip to Capri? Known for its captivating scenery and gorgeous beaches, Capri is one of the most popular tourist hotspots for visitors to the Amalfi Coast and promises a memorable experience. Take a ferry from the mainland in the morning and stay right through until evening when the island’s authentic bars and restaurants truly come alive!
Day 3: Beach Trip
Whether you’re holidaying as a family or have escaped to the Amalfi coast for a romantic break for two, a trip to the beach is a must. Choose from one of the many idyllic beaches that line this dramatic coast and spend the day basking in the glorious sunshine, burrowing your toes between the soft, grainy sand and taking a dip in the rolling blue waves. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to take a bucket and spade to create some show-stopping sandcastles, along with a net for rock pooling! For those enjoying an adults-only break, take some time to enjoy a good book or a game of beach volleyball on those beautiful golden sands.
Day 4: Hiking
As well as a day at the beach, a hike in the Ferriere Valley is also a fantastic way to explore the Amalfi Coast and sample some of the natural delights this tranquil destination has to offer. This wonderful valley is the perfect place to escape to after visiting some of the busier tourist attractions and is home to many meandering hiking and cycling paths that will lead you through some truly exquisite scenery. From luscious green forests to secluded ancient waterfalls, the Ferriere Valley promises some incredible sights that you won’t forget…
Day 5: Sorrento
Whether you’re based near it or not, a visit to Sorrento is a must while staying in holiday villas in the Amalfi Coast. This beautiful coastal town is located on the northern half of this famous coastline and is home to a selection of archaic buildings, including the cathedral of Sorrento, built in the 11thcentury. Wander through the town’s ancient streets or pop down to either one of Sorrento’s two ports to gaze at the colourful fishing boats that bob along the shore. Alternatively, take a stroll around the Correale Museum to gain a fascinating insight into the town’s rich history or stop off for a delicious Italian treat at one of the town’s enticing eateries.
Day 6: Boat Ride
As the holiday draws to a close, spend your last full day winding down with a boat ride from Amalfi. Admire the dramatic rugged cliffs and the pretty pastel houses as you glide along the waves under the warming midday sun, feeling the breeze rustle your hair and the cooling sea spray against your face. Not only is a boat ride one of the most enjoyable ways to view this breath-taking destination, but it also provides the perfect opportunity to take some fantastic holiday snaps of the many gorgeous towns that dot this famous coastline.
Day 7: Departure
On day seven, it will be time to pack your bags and head home after a fantastic week away in the beautiful Amalfi Coast. While you may be sad to leave this idyllic destination, you’ll have no doubt made some wonderful memories that you can cherish for many years to come. Be sure to set your alarm and enjoy a good breakfast before leaving your holiday villa behind and heading to the airport, taking a peek at your holiday pictures on the way to banish those home-time blues!