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Best Beaches Around Amalfi

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The Amalfi Coast is a bright, sunshiny fraction of the southern Italian coastline, located in the Campania region. A nominated World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its stunning landscapes, the Amalfi Coast represents an authentic thrill for adventurers and beach aficionados; its succession of steep coast, suggestive ports, hidden bays, limpid fiords, and crystalline waters is enough to make anybody fall in love with the area.

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18 Places

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18 Places

Coast Road

Scenic Drives

Vietri sul Mare

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Cetara

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Erchie

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Maiori

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Atrani

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Amalfi

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Ravello

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Conca dei Marini

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Fiordo di Furore

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Praiano

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Positano

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Fornillo

Beach & Pool Clubs, Beaches

Spiaggia Grande

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Marina del Cantone

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Spiaggia di Recommone

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Baia di Ieranto

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Bagni della Regina Giovanna

Beaches

ElenaFaccenda's City Tips

  • Ask a local: If you want to experience something more traditional or visit non-touristic areas, they will often provide amazing tips and alternative itineraries.
  • Crazy for scuba diving or boat excursions? At the major beaches you will find various kiosks and resorts offering these services at affordable prices.
  • If a road trip does not suit you, you can always use the local bus line (SITA) that stops in all the major towns along the coast.
  • To fully enjoy your excursion, why not choose a road trip? Driving along the coastline is a unique experience, as it enables you to stop wherever your gaze falls.
  • Coast Road
    Scenic Drives
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Although trains and boats are quite convenient, buses and cars are the best means of transportation when it comes to exploring the Amalfi Coast. In fact, you can often find quasi-hidden stairs on the roadside that lead you straight down to natural bays and inlets, concealed by the volumes of coast itself. When on the move, you can also admire the fantastic scenery that alternates between natural landscapes and urban pictures.

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    Tips
    • Before getting on the road, plan your journey by studying bus timetables and itineraries. It will spare you wasting time waiting at various places along the coast.
    • If you are driving a vehicle, make sure to have a little change with you to pay the tariffs at parking areas.
    • Depart early. Especially during summer, the road tends to get busier as the day goes on.
    • It sounds superfluous but — always bring water with you. During summer, it gets very hot.
    • Bring comfortable shoes. Amalfi's beaches are often made up of pebbles.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 266 things to do in Amalfi Coast
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be patient - stunning view but you need a lot of time here 21/11/2018
    • Amazing, beautiful 10/11/2018
    • Coast Road
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  • Vietri sul Mare
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    The beaches of Vietri sul Mare particularly suit families, as these are sunny till late in the afternoon, and are easily accessible. Vietri's four beaches (La Baia, Marina di Albori, Marina di Vetri and La Crespella) are among the longest along the Amalfi Coast, and they are very popular thanks to the convenient access by both train and bus. The beach, La Crespella, will also fascinate those who nurture interests in history; a Saracen tower stands above it!

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    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • These beaches are very crowded during high season; an early arrival is preferable!
    • Take the opportunity to visit the city; Vietri is very famous for its ceramic pieces.
    • If you are looking for something more intimate, you can find boat services here that will take you to the tiny bays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Vietri sul Mare
  • Cetara
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Cetara is a small town developed around its wonderful port. It is the least touristic of the coastal towns, hence its original beauty and folklore are well preserved. There are two crystalline beaches right in front of the town: one is well nestled within the port, and the other one is located on the right side of the dock, bordering the shores of the district of Maiori.

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    Tips
    • Cetara is famous for its fish dishes, don't miss out on trying one!
    • If you feel like exploring, ask a local for the directions to Spiaggia Lannio (Lannio Beach.) It's an authentic treasure attended just by locals.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Cetara
  • Erchie
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Erchie is a small hamlet of fishing families located between Cetara and Maiori. Its outstanding beach creates a little gulf right in front of the village, bordered by two tall Saracen towers. Next to the beach resorts here, there is also a beach with free access.

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    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are several restaurants around the beach where you can enjoy the local cuisine.
    • Erchie is not accessible by car, but you can always park along the main road and then walk down to it. SITA buses also stop nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Erchie
  • Maiori
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Maiori is a very popular destination for beach goers, having the longest stretch of sand on the Amalfi Coast (almost 1km/half a mile.) It is also one of the rare sandy beaches in the area, which makes Maiori one of the most attractive places on this strait of coast. Kiosks and restaurants can be found all along the length of the beach, coming in handy when you need to take a refreshment beak; plus, there are two free public beaches next to the beach resorts.

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    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the opportunity to visit the "Spiaggia del Cavallo Morto" (Beach of the Dead Horse), accessible by sea only. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach on the coast.
    • There is a fantastic inlet at the border of Maiori with Cetara, called "Località Salicerchie," which you can reach using the stairs from the main road.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Maiori
  • Atrani
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Atrani is famous for being the smallest municipality in Italy. This, however, does not affect its beauty at all. Its tiny and suggestive beach is almost 150 meters (500 feet) long, its water is transparent, and its shore is sandy (not rocky.) As the city is very small, cafes and restaurants are within easy reach and, despite its dimensions, Atrani has many historical points of interest to explore too!

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    • Must See
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    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
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    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Unless you are a resident, the town is not accessible by car during the weekends.
    • Parking areas are very small. It would be better to park in one of the surrounding towns.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Atrani
  • Amalfi
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Amalfi is the city that gives the name to the coastline, and it's possibly the most popular. A city of considerable historical and cultural interest, Amalfi attracts thousands of tourist from all around the world each year, and there are several beaches to visit in the area, varying in ease of access. Marina Grande is the main city beach, but is likely to be overcrowded during high season; the beaches 'La Marinella' and 'Santa Croce' are reachable via sea only, but still worth visiting as they are authentic earthly paradises; while the beach 'Duoglio,' with its clear and clean water, offers the best view of all the coast. Duoglio also benefits from land access, along this is via very, very long staircase of 400 steps!

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    • Senior
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    Tips
    • If you are passionate about scuba diving and other water activities, you'll be provided with all of the tools you need on Duoglio beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Amalfi
  • Ravello
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Ravello, built against a cliff edge that overlooks the coast, is a little town famous for its amazing panoramas. As it's very rich in palaces, churches, and other local attractions, not many know that Ravello also boasts a stunning beach, called 'spiaggia del Castiglione di Ravello' (Castiglione beach.) Castiglione is located in a semi-hidden natural basin, and is surrounded by tall coastal walls. You can get here via the stairs on the coastal road, just before entering Ravello.

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    Tips
    • As the beach is nestled next to the coastal walls, you may want to get there early, or you won't be able to enjoy it in the sun.
    • From late June to late September, Ravello hosts an international music festival on its belvedere. An event that is definitely worth attending.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Ravello
  • Conca dei Marini
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Conca dei Marini is another ancient town along the coastal road, and I spotted its beach, Marina di Conca, while I was on a pleasant coastal drive one day. Its sparkling water and bright shore make it one of the most picturesque spots on the Amalfi Coast, and provide the perfect environment for those who just want to relax. Marina di Conca is also surrounded by restaurants and kiosks that will help you enjoy this experience to the fullest.

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    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Senior
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    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Because it is surrounded by towering coastal walls, this beach starts getting shady by early afternoon.
    • If you are looking for a folkloric experience, why not attend the procession dedicated to the Virgin, which takes place here on the 5th of August every year.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Conca dei Marini
  • Fiordo di Furore
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Furore Fjord is one of the most unusual and beautiful sites on the Amalfi Coast. It's a natural port formed by a fracture in the coast and, owing to its design, was once used as a shelter for brigands. Nowadays, its inhabitants live in houses built against the steep walls of the port which, alongside the intense blue sea, create the perfect scenario. You will notice the fjord from the top of the bridge above it, and while there's no way of getting there with the car, you can park along the coast and walk down the stairs.

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    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go there early: there are not many parking areas and there sun reaches the beach only until early afternoon.
    • Don't miss watching (or taking part in) the diving contest here, which takes place the first Sunday of July!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Fiordo di Furore
  • Praiano
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    After visiting Furore, take the opportunity to visit Marina di Praia Beach, next to the town of Praiano. This beach is as special as it looks, carved out of the coastal cliff and, unlike the other beaches, it's sunny here until late in the afternoon. Once you follow the sloping road down to the shore, you can decide to either stop by one of the amazing restaurants nearby serving fresh fish, or enjoy a walk along the promenade. The boat service will also enable you to visit the surrounding bays and grottos while you're here, plus, another remote beach called 'Le Praie.'

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    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Fancy a party? A the end of the promenade of Marina di Praia you'll find one of the trendiest clubs on the coast!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Praiano
  • Positano
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    In the collective Italian conscious, Positano is considered to be the Italian-style city par excellence. Being a popular destination for holidaymakers, especially during the mid and high seasons, you will rarely see this place deserted. Not only does it preserve some national treasures and keep its folklore alive, but the city is also renowned for its amazing beaches. There are two main beaches (Spiaggia del Fornillo and Spiaggia Grande) to explore, as well as other smaller ones scattered around, which are equal in beauty. Among these, Laurito Beach and Arienzo Beach are worth mentioning. Laurito is a wild looking beach with easy access to restaurants and free areas, whereas Arienzo is well known as the beach that stays sunny the longest.

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    Tips
    • If you want to visit all the beaches of Positano in one go, you can take a boat excursion straight from Praiano!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Positano
  • Fornillo
    Beach & Pool Clubs, Beaches
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    The 'Spiaggia del Fornillo' (Fornillo Beach) is an alternative to the more crowded 'Spiaggia Grande' (Big Beach) that overlooks the port nearby. It's a bit remote, but easily accessible both from the road (again, lots of stairs) or directly via a path that links Fornillo with Spiaggia Grande. Fornillo is definitely more relaxed than the latter due to its concealed position; however, during high season it is not always easy to find a spot.

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    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The path that links the two beaches is called "Sentiero degli innamorati" (lovers' path.) It twists around the coast and offers fantastic views. A must-see!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Positano
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice but small beach, very nice road from the Grande Spaggia to Fornillo 10/11/2018
    • Short walk from Positano, but worth it! 28/10/2018
    • Fornillo
    Phone:
    +39 334 814 8254
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • Spiaggia Grande
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    This amazing beach separates the city from the sea, contributing to the definition of its fantastic, almost absurdly beautiful scenario. If you are heading here from inside the town, after descending through its tiny alleys and narrow streets, all of a sudden you'll find yourself in front of a vast surface of crystalline blue water. This place is a proper paradise, although due to its popularity, it tends to get overcrowded during summer.

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    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
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    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are many parking areas inside the town that will spare you a very long walk to the beast from the coastal road!
    • Capri and Punta Campanella are great destinations if you are up for a boat excursion!
    • The beach is often attended by VIPs; it's not rare to spot someone famous along the shore!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Positano
    • Worth the nail biting bus ride 13/11/2018
    • Give it a miss 23/10/2018
    • Spiaggia Grande
    Address:
    Piazza Flavio Gioia
    Positano
    Italy
  • Marina del Cantone
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Nerano is the final town on the Amalfi Coast before you enter the Gulf of Naples. The beaches of Nerano, unlike the others, are mostly attended by locals, and I would recommend this beach to those who are looking for something more authentic and uncontaminated. There are at least three beaches that are worth mentioning here: Marina del Cantone, Recommone, and Leranto. Marina del Cantone is a lovely spot of tranquility that emerges from the vegetation. It incorporates both private and free beach resorts. A real must-see!

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    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Marina del Cantone is famous for its pile-dwelling restaurants. Food here is exceptional!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 30 things to do in Massa Lubrense
    • A small Pebbled beach 25/11/2018
    • Great Marina 03/11/2018
    • Marina del Cantone
  • Spiaggia di Recommone
    Beaches
    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    The easiest way to get to this hidden gem is to walk along the path from Marina del Cantone. It is not always easy to get to this beach, but the spectacular view and the sparkling water are more than worth it. Despite being this remote, you will still find bathing facilities and a restaurant here.

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    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are looking for free public beaches, Recommone should not be your first choice. This littoral features just one private beach resort.
    • There are two caves, convenient for those seeking somewhere to chill!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 30 things to do in Massa Lubrense
    • Great beach visit 21/08/2018
    • A hidden gem 10/08/2013
    • Spiaggia di Recommone
    Address:
    Strada Privata dalla Spiaggia di Nerano
    Massa Lubrense
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 081 808 1036
  • Baia di Ieranto
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    If you are passionate about hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and so on, this is the right place for you! Leranto, a quasi-hidden bay at the end of the Sorrentine Peninsula, is definitely a beach for adventurers. Getting there is quite difficult - via 2 km/just over a mile of stairs, or a boat trip from Marina del Cantone - but you will not regret it!

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    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Although getting down the stairs is quite easy, the way up might be harder to walk. Make sure you walk it when it isn't too sunny!
    • There are no private beach resorts down here! Just free spaces!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Massa Lubrense
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular Views 21/09/2018
    • this earned a second visit 11/09/2018
    • Baia di Ieranto
    Phone:
    +39 335 841 0253
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  • Bagni della Regina Giovanna
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    ElenaFaccenda Says:

    Although this authentic jewel is not part of the Amalfi Coast, I could not finish this guide without mentioning it. As a matter of fact, Bagni della Regina Giovanna (Queen Giovanna Beach) is a Sorrentine beach, and it's part of the Gulf of Naples, despite its proximity to Nerano. As it is not easy to reach - via approximately 400 meters/quarter mile of stairs - Bagni represents a nice escape from mass tourism. It's a rocky beach (no sand whatsoever), and offers visitors a proper natural swimming pool nestled within gigantic walls. Definitely worth visiting.

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    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring proper shoes: you will need to walk on rocks!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 67 things to do in Sorrento
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place to visit 28/11/2018
    • Lovely way to spend the morning of my 30th. 25/10/2018
    • Bagni della Regina Giovanna
    Address:
    Via Capo
    80067, Sorrento
    Italy
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