Coast of dreams
If you stay at Starhotels Terminus in Naples, you can reach the Amalfi Coast in just an hour's drive. Enjoy the sea and the relax and follow us on this journey of beauty!
With its pastel-hued houses, Positano is the coast’s most glamorous town. In summer, life in Positano largely revolves around buzzy Spiaggia Grande. Standing above the shoreline is the church of Santa Maria Assunta. From here, steep, shop-lined Via dei Mulini leads up to Piazza dei Mulini passing Café Zagara on the left, its shady terrace a good spot for a cool drink or granita. There are plenty of places to eat in Positano; La Cambusa and Next 2 our suggestions.
The best setting for a laid-back lunch is Adolfo’s glorified beach shack on the spiaggia di Laurito; catch the boat with the red fish from Marina Grande.
A low-key alternative to glamorous Positano for exploring the area which boasts two very cool places to stay. For dinner ‘pieds dans l’eau’, head down to Alfonso al Mare at charming Marina di Praia, a tiny scrap of beach wedged between two towering walls of rock from where a cliff path leads to the retro-chic Africana, mythical VIP hangout of the anni ruggenti, where you can watch the waves lap the shore through the glass dancefloor. Further on, the coastline becomes quite wild, nowhere more so than the Vallone di Furore, a deep, fjord-like gully opening onto the sea and crossed by a vertigo-inducing viaduct. Just before Conca dei Marini lies the Grotta dello Smeraldo (open daily), a watery cave complete with huge stalagmites and stalactites whose name derives from its intense blue/green light.
Once a glorious maritime republic and today a delightful little resort fringed by lemon trees with a vaguely sleepy air and a jumble of white buildings lining the steep Valle dei Mulini. Coffee and a slice of torta caprese at Café Pansa in Piazza del Duomo will provide energy for climbing the monumental staircase to reach the Duomo di Sant’Andrea, a superb example of Arab-Norman style architecture with a striking striped façade and bronze doors made in Constantinople in 1066. The best place to stay in Amalfi is the five-star Santa Caterina with its private beach and enviable sea views. Among the town’s many restaurants, the elegant, Michelin-starred Caravella stands out, but for something a little more relaxed, try ‘A Paranza in adjacent Atrani where a fabulous array of antipasti is followed by local classics such as pezzogna all’acquapazza.