Holidays to Maiori take you to a pretty southern Italian town and give you a great beach, elegant cafés and easy access to the rest of the fabulous Amalfi coast.
The perfect address
Pretty Maiori nestles on the sun-drenched coastline of southern Italy. It’s an L-shaped town, with shops, cafés and restaurants lining Corsa Reginna and the seafront, or Lungomare Amendola. It’s got fabulous churches, easy access to Positano and Ravello – and the longest sandy beach on the Amalfi Coast.
A sandy beach
Maiori has made a bit of a name for itself with its sand-and-shingle beach – a bit of a rarity in these parts. It’s nearly a kilometre long, with a full back-up of bars, sunbeds and deckchairs. Watersports cover off scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, boating and surfing, and there’s a promenade with shady lawns and benches.
Maiori’s Medieval architecture harks back to a time when it was a great maritime power. An easy 30-minute walk up the surrounding hillside brings you to the Castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, a 9th-century fortification with views stretching along the mountainous coast to Ravello. Cut into the coastal cliffs, the Santa Maria de Olearia monastery is just 5 minutes’ drive away and the elaborate frescoes are a must-see.
Exploring the Amalfi coast
Ravello, Amalfi and Positano – the big 3 UNESCO towns on the Amalfi coast – are all within 30 minutes’ bus ride. In Positano there’s a 13th-century baroque cathedral, and Ravello is filled with palazzi, gardens and cobbled squares. Another option is Capri, a 2-hour boat ride from Maiori. This chic island – all tree-lined avenues and boutiques – was once a haunt of Princess Diana. The shopping hub is Via Camerelle Capri.