If there was only one place in the world I could re-visit over and over again, it would be the Amalfi Coast. That won’t surprise many of you who follow me on social media – I’m totally and utterly obsessed with the place – so I thought it was about time I shared a few photos of one particular location I fell in love with last year – picture perfect Positano.
Let’s talk Positano.
A colourful cliffside village oozing with character – and a steep trek from top to bottom. No matter where you stand, you are surrounded by beauty. Positano is one of the most photogenic towns on the Amalfi Coast and if you’re familiar with Gray Malin’s photography, you’ll see why.
Get ready for a very photo heavy post…
First things first, how do you get to Positano?
I’d highly recommend choosing Sorrento as your base for your trip as it’s pretty central to almost all the places you’re likely to want to visit and has great bus and train links. You can buy tickets from the railway station, a short walk from the Piazza Tasso, and catch the bus right outside. It leaves at several times throughout the day but I’d recommend hopping on an earlier one so you make the most of your visit. Alternatively, you can hop on a ferry to Positano from the Marina Grande if you fancy seeing it from a different perspective.
You can choose to spend all your time in Positano or hop on the bus again to see Amalfi and Ravello further down the coast. We wanted to visit Amalfi again on this visit as it’s such a beautiful town, but I’ll be writing about this in more depth in another post. Make sure you enter your email address on the right hand side of the home page and subscribe so you don’t miss out on new posts…
I spent most of the bus journey gazing out of the window, eager to be the first to spot the picturesque town. My first visit along the Amalfi Coast three years ago was a rainy one, so seeing it in glorious sunshine was pretty spectacular.
The sunshine seemed to disappear as soon as we hopped off the bus, but excitement levels were still high. After taking in the initial view, we followed the path down into the heart of Positano’s village in search of a coffee pitstop. We spotted Ristorante Caffè Positano and decided not to look any further, I mean look at that view!
In hindsight, I would have explored a bit further to find something slightly less expensive as this particular cafè seemed to be a typical tourist trap, not to mention the bad service we experienced on this visit.
As soon we left, the heavens opened. It poured, it poured… and then it poured some more.
As the streets are so steep and narrow in Positano, the heavy rain caused a stream to run down the road which kept us from leaving our shelter – a grocery store with a cute outdoor seating area. Kidnapped by the rain, we stood there for a good half an hour, umming and ahhing about whether or not we should brave it. We decided to wait a little longer.
Apparently I can climb up a volcano in sandals, but when it comes to rain it’s a no-go…
Things to see and do
With beautiful shops and restaurants to tempt you with and breathtaking views to look out on, you can opt to relax and take in the sights from a cafe/bar or be slightly more adventurous and hike up or down the hill. Whichever one you choose (perhaps both if you have the time), make sure your camera is charged and get snap-happy!
Trust me, nobody is an exception to this – embrace the tourist in you, I say!
Nestled amongst the hills is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stepped into. Le Sirenuse, one of the leading hotels in the world, and it’s not hard to see why.
I tweeted Rosie from the blog The Londoner the previous day about where I should visit and what to do in Positano, as I knew she had been before, and she recommended Le Sirenuse.
The views from this pretty space in the hillside are spectacular. You can wine and dine in the hotel or do what I did and just pop in and take in the views from the balcony. They must get used to people wandering in and out, and for a luxury hotel there was no snobbery. The staff were so lovely and helpful, and I felt right at home – despite not being a paying guest!
I didn’t want to leave, and if you ever have the chance to visit, I don’t think you’ll want to either…
It’s important to note that locals also take the bus that you’ll be hopping on and off from, so be prepared to queue early if you want a better chance of grabbing a seat. Saying that, you’ll always get those tourists who ignore the queuing system (is that just a British thing?) and barge right past you to secure their place on the bus – it’s very frustrating.
Buses usually leave the last destination around 5pm, but to ensure you claim your spot on the bus (without an elbow fight) I’d highly recommend queuing for the 4.30 one. If you’re travelling back to Sorrento from Amalfi it will take approximately an hour and a half, and if you’re leaving from Positano it’s a scenic 45 minutes.
Positano is one of those destinations that no photo will ever do it justice, you really have to see it with your own eyes to experience the beauty and sheer magnitude of the place. I can’t wait to return and see the town from a different perspective – that beach is calling my name!
Have you been? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.