John Steinbeck famously stated, “ Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. ”
Steinback couldn’t have done a better job describing the essence of Positano. The drive leading up the the town was a breathtaking experience in itself, winding roads with teasing glimpses of the picturesque village in the distance. Positano has the perfect Mediterranean color palette stretching from the mountaintops right into the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Where do you find this paradise? Nestled along the Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy.
How to get to Positano
There are numerous ways to reach Positano. The nearest international airport is located in Naples (roughly 35 miles away). Positano is accessible via 2 direct bus routes in the morning or a €100 taxi ride. If you’re staying locally in one of the nearby towns you can reach Positano easily by train, bus, or even a ferry.
Bus tickets range from €2 to €16 depending on how many days you will be visiting and require the ticket for.
What to do in Posanito
My favorite way to see the city is by boat. You can rent the boats as a group or be adventurous and captain your own boat for the day. A great idea is to pick up some take away pizza (I would recommend Chez Black) and fresh lemonade so you have some yummy snacks for the ride.
Feel free to dive in the refreshing sea or spend the day cruising down the beautiful coastline. There are also numerous day excursions that take you nearby towns and you’re able to see famous sites such as the blue grotto in Capri.
Another must do, spend the day soaking in the sun at the Spiaggia Grande. This iconic pebble beach has what feels like hundreds of matching umbrellas in perfectly straight rows lining the beach.
If your looking for some nightlife action, Music on the Rocks sits next to the beach and is a club built into a cave, that fills up with people ready to dance the night away.
How much time do you need in Positano
Ideally, 3-5 days is perfect for seeing the best that Positano has to offer. There is one main winding road that takes you throughout Positano and it’s filled with boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Many of the shops are owned by local artisans creating beautiful lemon themed artworks.
I spent countless hours immersing myself in the culture and eating my way through the city (One slice of pizza at a time).
Where to stay
Positano’s perfectly layed out properties are stacked so neatly that there are numerous of places to stay with breathtaking views.
In my opinion, the best views are from Amalfi Drive looking towards the Viale Pasitea side of the town. The sun sets right over the mountains creating the most perfect cotton-candy colored sunsets.
I would recommend Le Sirenuse, a 18th century Palazzo converted into a hotel. It’s in the heart of town and positioned to optimally capture the beauty that is to be seen. Backpackers can enjoy the hotel even if they do not plan on staying there. The hotel has multiple Instagram-worthy restaurants that the public can enjoy while taking in the sites.
Another wonderful hotel is the Hotel Marincanto which is full of charm and draped in flowers. A quiet, yet lovely b&b to try is the Dimora del Podesta. It is family run and they aim to please!
When is the best time to visit Positano
The best time to visit Positano is late spring between April and June. May is actually known to be the best month to visit due to its spring flowers being in full bloom, low tourist numbers and the perfect temperatures.
Avoid going in July and August as this is the peak season and you will experience piping hot temperatures. By September, the tourist season has calmed down and the weather is more temperate again.
Why should Positano be on my bucket list?
Positano is a gem in the center of the Amalfi Coast. It’s beauty and views are famously described by many throughout time and it is something you need to experience with your owns eyes.
From the minute I first saw the town in photos, I fell in love with it. It over delivered in every way imaginable. The colors of the town, the scent of the food and the warm hospitality of the locals will leave you itching for more.