The crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Naples and the steep, romantic rocky coast of the Salerno region make a vacation in Amalfi unforgettable. In addition to secluded beaches by the clear sea, the small coastal town and its surroundings offer numerous cultural attractions.
A vacation in Amalfi is the perfect thing for sea lovers. The city is located directly on the rocky coast of Salerno and has its own port. Therefore, vacationers can rent a boat for a sailing trip or take part in an excursion across the Gulf of Naples. Thanks to the high cliffs, numerous small and hidden beaches characterize the Amalfi coast. They consist of fine, white sand and slope gently into the sea. Almalfi’s main white sandy beach, Marina Grande, stretches for around 300 m.
Motorbike enthusiasts and motorists enjoy wide views of the sea on excursions along the winding coastal roads. A trip on Strada Statale 163 Amalfitana to Naples guarantees spectacular views.
The nature reserve Valle Delle Ferriere is one of the most beautiful places for hiking. It is named after the industrial past of the valley, of which some ruins of old ironworks still testify today. The approximately 500-hectare area enchants with dense forests, unique flora and many waterfalls. Visitors can also see rare animals such as salamanders and otters.
Sights such as the Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea testify to Almalfi’s long past. The cathedral, built in the 10th century, was redesigned in the 13th century in the Arab-Norman style. The building with a golden facade and an elaborately decorated church tower keep the apostle Andrew’s bones.
Holidaymakers can find out more about the city’s history and branches of industry in the Citizens’ Museum in the town hall. There are the Rural Lemon Museum and the paper museum located in an old paper mill if you like museums. At the port, visitors to the former shipyard, which has been converted into a museum, learn more about the history of seafaring on the Mediterranean.
Just a short drive from Amalfi is the Grotta Dello Smeraldo in Conca Dei Marini. It is one of the most famous caves on the Amalfi Coast and can only be reached by boat. The cave, filled with seawater, is named after the emerald green light that floods its interior. On the other hand, the water shimmers blue with no recognizable light source just a few kilometers further in the Blue Grotto on Capri.
Right next to Amalfi is the fishing village of Positano, whose historic center captivates with medieval buildings and churches. Nature lovers can explore the local Grotta dell’ Incanto and the Montagna Forata monolith with its numerous holes.
There are numerous street markets and city festivals where, besides typical products such as sausage and cheese, locals also sell souvenirs and handicrafts. The Regata Storica Delle Reppubliche Marinara takes place every four years. During the historical regatta, a parade commemorates Amalfi’s glory days as an independent maritime republic, where the participants appear in medieval costumes from various social classes. Also, nearby Amalfi, there is the Carnival of Positano which is also well known across the region. Every year in February, a large carnival parade moves through the town of Positano.