Amalfi Coast Beaches
- Punta Campanella Marine
Punta Campanella is a protected area stretching for 30km and
includes several municipalities from Massa Lubrense to Vico Equense. The
Marine Reserve unfolds along the coast of the Sorrento Peninsula, taking
in lush headland and rocky inlets. Places to visit include the Bay of
Ieranto, with its tiny islets and Li Galli, where mermaids tried to
entice Ulysses with their song. This is a great place for diving and for
discovering the natural marine habitat of the "land of the mermaids".
- Vietri sul mare
This town is just 3km from Salerno, the provincial capital.
Overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, Vietri sul mare is a kind of terrace at
the center of which rises San Liberatore mountain. Marina di Vietri,
with its wide beaches and clear blue sea, stretches out at the feet of
Vietri. Don't miss the 17th century Saint John the Baptist Cathedral,
with its great majolica-tiled dome.
The Emerald Grotto
It is one of the natural marvels of the coast. The Emerald Grotto is
not far from Amalfi in the municipality of Conca dei Marini. The water's
distinctive emerald color is caused by water from the Tyrrhenian Sea,
entering and partly filling the grotto, through a crevice linked to a
12m channel leading straight into the sea. A showcase of stalactites and
stalagmites of all sizes can be seen in the grotto.
Marina Grande Beach
Pastel-colored houses which contrast with the bright blue of the sky,
and the deep blue of the sea; beach lined neatly with brightly colored
cabins. Marina Grande is bursting with vitality. It is the ideal place
to relax and have fun for hours on end.
The Marina is the main boating area,
with taupe-color, semi-sandy Spiaggia Grande the largest and widest
beach of the 10 or so in the area. Fishermen -- once the dominant
workforce -- now function as a cooperative group, supplying local
kitchens; they can be seen cleaning their colorful, flipped-over boats
and mending their torn nets throughout the day, seemingly oblivious to
the surrounding throngs. To the west of town is the less-crowded
Spiaggia di Fornillo, which you can get to by walking the impossibly
beautiful Via Positanesi d'America (leading from Spiaggia Grande).
Fornillo is worth the walk, as it is vast and hemmed in by impressive
cliffs. To the east of Positano is a string of small, pretty beaches,
separated by coves -- La Porta, Fiumicello, Arienzo, San Pietro, and
Laurito -- most of which are accessible only by boat.