Amalfi, the main town on this UNESCO-listed coastline, is a cluster of pretty villas spilling down the cliffside to the fishing port and beach below. The town – all Medieval architecture, winding alleys and steep steps – is set in a landscape of lemon trees and olive groves. It’s been a magnet for glamorous visitors for decades.
Beaches on the doorstep
There are 4 public beaches in Amalfi. Marina Grande, with its technicolour beach umbrellas, is the main stretch. This half-kilometre strip is circled by snack bars and cafés, and a tiny harbour shelters the beach from choppier waves. Marienella Beach is tiny – a 2-metre-wide shelf of shingle, with a wooden walkway running above it. All the beaches are pebbly – if you want sand, you can head out to the villages of Minori and Maiori.
St Andrew’s Cathedral
The Cathedral of St Andrew is the town’s centrepiece. A grand staircase of 57 steps leads into the 13th-century building, with its mix of European and Moorish architecture. The beautifully frescoed crypt contains the relics of St Andrew, but the cathedral’s highlight is the Chiostro del Paradiso, a Moorish-influenced cloister with a magically peaceful garden.
Boat trips along the Amalfi coast
The coastline here is dotted with sunlit grottoes and pretty villages. You can explore it all in a day on boat trips from the harbour. You’ll take in sights like the Emerald Grotto and dramatic Furore Fjord, a natural port joined to the mainland by a 19th-century bridge. You can also visit the isle of Capri, with its designer boutiques and fashionable Piazzetta Square.
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