Holidays to Positano
Plan on Positano for a holiday to remember
The village and commune of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi coast is a wonderful enclave that tempts tourists with its excellent ocean views and rugged landscape. Sloping mountains soar at either side of the region’s rustic brick buildings that make you feel secluded at this idyllic seafront location. July and August are the busy months as the yachts drop anchor, so September may be best if you want fewer crowds but warm temperatures. Spring is also an ideal time to stay, as the village starts to come alive after winter.
Outdoors and activities
There are a number of tours of the Amalfi coast that depart from Positano either by car or boat. Others take you to Pompeii, the vast archaeological site that shows the remains of the Roman city after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption centuries ago. One of the most appealing and affordable activities is simply to explore on foot. Don your hiking boots and take off along the footpaths that stretch up the cliffs. Colourful patches of flowers, lush olive trees and abundant lemon trees greet you along the way. Rent a boat to admire the coast on your own terms, or charter a luxury yacht and simply relax.
Sights of interest
Plan your Positano holiday carefully and you will be able to see many of the commune’s most appealing sights during one stay. It’s always worth a return visit however, to fully appreciate their visual appeal and cultural significance. The Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta stands out with its colourful tiled dome, and is one of Positano’s most famous landmarks. A popular wedding destination, the interior is adorned with gold ornaments and a number of important works of art. Other significant pieces can be found at the Franco Senesi art gallery, which sits among the village’s charming boutique shops. With no focus on any one type of art you can discover something new and even ship a piece you like back home. The Torre di Clavel fort leans over the water and was constructed to protect the village from invaders during the 13th century.
The shops of Positano satisfy its variety of visitors and residents, from the mega-wealthy mooring their yachts to the area’s less-affluent inhabitants. Bespoke clothing stores are nestled next to stylish boutiques selling fashion items and homewares. Shops selling vivid handmade ceramics, antiques and jewellery are all spaced along the streets, along with the food markets that hold fresh produce and local delights.
Eating and drinking
Food is a particular highlight of the commune, owing to its coastal location. You’ll enjoy authentic Mediterranean cuisine during your trip and will find places to eat in town or right on the seafront. The fish, clams, mussels and other seafood are as fresh as you will find anywhere, and they are accompanied by pasta that is likely to have been made that morning. Greco and Aglianico are the region’s primary grape varieties, getting their renowned taste from the volcanic soil in which they are grown.