Amalfi coast and Positano is one of our favourite places in the world! I'd say it's in the Top 5. We love it so much we go there every year and we are not the type to go to same place twice as we usually love to explore new places but we honestly can't get enough of this place as it offers so much.
Here is a guide for your trip that consists of places we've discovered throughout the years we've been coming to Positano. It will help you make the most of your time in Amalfi coast. You are sure to have amazing views and delicious food! Enjoy... :)
I recommend coming here for at least 4 days so that you can see most of the recommendations I will mention in this guide. I highly recommend making Positano your base as it is situated perfectly to allow you to explore the Amalfi coast. Both Amalfi and Capri are just 25 minutes away by ferry. From Amalfi you can catch a bus to Ravello which is a very special place.
Now that you are in Positano you can enjoy everything that it has to offer, beautiful views, food, and of course the amazing workout you will get by walking up and down all of those stairs.
The place I recommend staying in is Casa Cosenza B&B. Josephine (owner) is the nicest lady and we feel like family every time we go there (stayed there 3 times already). Breakfast isn't her specialty so don't expect any great breakfast as she charges extra 10 euro for just a cappuccino and croissant (optional). The rooms are cute and all are facing the sea. One of the most spectacular views of the coasts can be seen from this B&B.
Let's talk breakfast now. In Italy the typical breakfast is a cappuccino and croissant. If that's your thing, go for it. I personally enjoy a nice healthy breakfast with eggs and veggies. The best place to get your breakfast fix is Casa e Bottega. Everywhere we go now, we wish there were a Casa e Bottega. This is also not just a breakfast place as it's our go to lunch place as well. For breakfast you can get a nice omelette and for lunch enjoy a great salad. It's easy to eat healthy in this cafe. Their desserts are also very tempting, so it's a good place to cheat a little bit, haha. They even have gluten free desserts.
Now when it comes to dinner, our favourite restaurant is Da Vincenzo. Make sure to make a reservation and have a feast. Have the eggplant parmigiana for me. It's delicious! Sitting inside or outside is both great here and the owners who are a couple are lots of fun. Ask them to ring the bell for you.
Other great restaurants that I recommend in Positano are:
(reservations are a must)
Next2 - this is a more modern restaurant that is ran by the same owner of Casa e Bottega. The food is fresh and made out of quality ingredients.
Casa Mele - this is also a more modern restaurant. It's fairly new restaurant that is run by a very passionate young chef. Truly great food with a modern twist.
Le Sirenuse Hotel Restaurant - best breakfast with the best view of Positano (see pictures below). It's quite pricy, however we think it is worth it. They have a great buffet of local fruits and veggies, salads, pastries, etc.
Recommendations for day trips
Beach and lunch at Da Adolfo (reserve a table for lunch before going). This is probably one of our favourite experiences that we do every time we come here. You have to go to the main dock and wait for a boat with a red fish sign "Da Adolfo" on top. This boat comes every 30 minutes starting from 10 am to 12:30pm... We usually catch the earlier one and spend the time before lunch on the beach enjoying the sun and swimming.
Da Adolfo has their own sun beds which you can rent but we choose to hang on the public beach on the left at the very end as you exit the boat. They have really fresh seafood! The mussels and the mozzarella lemon leaf is their specialty!
Another day trip with lunch I recommend is Capri (a vlog + blog post coming soon). Catch the ferry from the main dock and head to Capri in the morning after your breakfast at Casa e Bottega. Before you go make sure to make reservations at La Fontelina for lunch. It's quite and adventure to get to but it's all worth it when you are there. You'll feel like you are on a set of a James Bond movie with amazing food of course.
Before lunch or after discover the island and walk around. Alex highly recommends grabbing a gelato at Buancorne. They make fresh waffle cones right in front of you and have really fresh gelato! It's delicious! :) Capri also has a small beach which you can try going to as well after you have lunch. La Fontelina also offers to rent sun beds but there's no beach and you will swim off the rocks. Very stylish scene nevertheless.
Back to Positano
Positano has the main beach which I love to swim in as you have a truly epic view of the town as you swim or hang out on the beach.
Another lunch or dinner place you can try in Positano is La Guarrancina. It's located on the way to Positano's second beach (Fornilla) that many people don't know about. This is a great beach to spend a morning in and then grab lunch at La Guarrancina.
De Fernanindo is another place located right on the beach and it a great place for casual food.
For one of the evenings or afternoons head to Amalfi and Ravello on a ferry. You can first stop by Amalfi and discover the town or head straight to Ravello on a bus which is a true gem of the Amalfi coast. Make sure to go to Villa Cimbrone and enjoy truly unforgettable views at sunset.
For dinner, make reservations at Villa Maria which has a great view and a very romantic setting. Or if you just want some really good Italian cooking, then go to Campo Casimo which doesn't have a view but great food that will make up for it.
Grab the Sita bus to go back to Positano as the ferry won't be running anymore.
Some other activity ideas
- Hike the Path of Gods - you can do this on your own or you can be part of a guide tour with Zia Lucy which is great as well! She also offers other experiences as well but path of gods is our favorite.
- Take the 1750 steps from Positano to Nocelle. The breathtaking views and the hard yet rewarding walk up the stairs will make you feel like you are on top of the world when you reach Nocelle. (Make sure to take a few bottles of water with you. You can thank me later, haha)