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Amalfi Coast beaches & bathing

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 5:06:12 PM

Laurito beach is reached by a beautiful path of approx 500 steps. Boat service from Positano is possible. It is a very oasis of tranquility. The beach offers many facilities: two restaurants and parasols/sun beds hire. The beach has sun till late afternoon. Positano town centre has two beaches: Marina Grande and Fornillo. Marina grande is accessible via the town centre, walking into the beautiful path going from Piazza Mulini to the sea. Car can be parked in the upper part of the town. On the main beach there are many restaurants, lidos, snack bars, hiring facilities. Fornillo beach can be reached by a long stairways going down from the upper part of the town, or via a romantic pathway starting from Marina Grande. There are public and private sections here, with parasols/sun beds hiring, restaurants and snack bars.

Praiano has two beaches: Marina di Praia, set between the rocky ridges of the coastline , enjoying the sun just in the middle part of the day, and La Gavitella, facing Positano, which is next a slope terrace used as a beach, where are lidos, restaurants and you can hire parasols and sun beds. Marina di Praia is reached via road, easy accessible from car parking, while la Gavitella is reached by 400 steps. La Gavitella enjoys sun till sunset.

Santa Croce can be reached by boat from Amalfi pier or by main road approximately 2KM from Amalfi with about 450 steps down. There is a snack bar/restaurant. Umbrellas and deck chairs can be hired. Just off the beach there is a big grotto with the remains of a small chapel dedicated to the Holy Cross, which gives its name to the beach, as well as other mediaeval structures. In Santa Croce there are two beaches which seem separated, but they are connected by a tunnel. Water here is really crystalline, and a short swim take you to the famous Natural Arch.

Amalfi main beach is located to the left of the Piazza Flavio Gioia. The beach has both private and public areas, and here it is possible to hire a changing cabin, parasols and sun beds. There are also many bars and restaurants where you can have a snack near the sea. Amalfi has other beaches also, just near and behind the port. The main beach in high season is really cosmopolite, but crowded in weekends too!

Atrani beach is 130 mt long, with the mounth of Dragone river in the middle (which is dry during summer. The beach is very suggestive and small, and can be crowded during high season. It is located below the main road taking steps down next to the local chemist or walk down road, just off the car park. There is sun here until early afternoon. It is possible to hire parasols and sun beds.

Castiglione beach is quite large, with plenty of space for tourists. It can be easily reached by bus, since here there is no car parking space. It is 1 Km from Atrani with many steps (100 approx) down from the main road. The beach is mostly public. There is a small snack bar and sunbeds/cabins can be hired. The beach faces south-east, and the sun is here till early afternoon.

The second longest beach of the Amalfi Coast – 240 meters faces south, allowing sun till late afternoon. It is mostly private with small public sections. There are three beach bars with facilities for hire.

Maiori central beach is the longest and sandiest part of uninterrupted shore on the Amalfi Coast. It was formed during several floods, and is divided by the concrete mouth of the river. On the whole it is 930 meters long and 40 meters wide. There is sun from the morning till late afternoon, unlike most of the other beached along the Amalfi Coast, where the sun usually disappears in the early afternoon. There are lidos on the beach, with some of them being run by nearby hotels. They all have the essential beach facilities: umbrellas, sun beds, deckchairs, cold and hot showers, snack bars. Although the beach is large and there are a lot of umbrellas, it is relatively quiet even during high season, with it being ideal for a family holiday. Near the river’s concrete mouth on the pier it is possible to hire motor and pedal boats.

Erchie is a small hamlet of Maiori, its beach is one of the most well known and popular on the stretch between Cetara and Amalfi. The beach is windy and the sea very clean. There are several lidos, restaurants and car parking. This beach is so popular that during summer can be crowded.

Last updated Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:53:33 PM

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