Visit Positano: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Positano

Marina Grande Beach
The dark grey sand and azure Tyrrhenian Sea is an iconic image of the Amalfi Coast. Marina Grande is Positano’s main beach, a 300-metre-long strip at the centre of the town’s activities. Travellers flock here for a swim and a drink from the many bars and restaurants lining the shore. Lay out your towel or grab a lounge chair – this place was made for beach bums.
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
The gold, green and blue tiled roof of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta shines against the bright Mediterranean sky. Right in the centre of town, this 10th-century church encapsulates the romance of Positano. Most of the tiny staircases leading up from the beach pass through its piazza, from which you can enter the classical white and gold interior. On weekends, look out for a wedding!
Medieval Guard Towers
In times gone by, when Saracen pirates were spotted at sea, the guards lit a fire on top of these towers to alert the people of Positano. All the villagers could do was run to the hills and hope they avoided the invaders. Nowadays these medieval stone lookouts have been transformed into holiday homes, where lucky visitors can enjoy the panoramic views and pretty gardens.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Beautiful coast line. Steps hard work but part of the charm other modes of transport available though as a local bus goes round regularly. Ferdinandos beach bar good food and great staff very friendly.Can be exceptionally hot in July and August.
Tracey
New Zealand
August 5, 2017
10
Exceptional
Very busy and touristy but its beautiful, i can see why. Narrow alleyways, lemon scented everything, linen stores, art galleries, wine bars. Pretty place with great atmosphere.
SoniaAustralia
Australia
August 5, 2017
10
Exceptional
Romantic, civilised and safe From Good upend hotel and food, and many local delicacies are nearby. Good jumping hub for Amalfi and Capri Park and walk is the best way Bus is also ok
Erwin Huang
Hong Kong
August 5, 2017
10
Exceptional
It is a beautiful location. Great food, easy to access once your luggage is in your hotel. Shopping is wonderful as well
Laura
United States of America
July 31, 2017
10
Exceptional
Amazing sea side location. Feeling very fit after my stay as the staircases aren't for the faint hearted. Bus was available when I wasn't feeling up to trekking the stairs. Will definitely recommend to friends.
Nick
Australia
August 10, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Positano

La Rosa Dei Venti

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 336 reviews

$216

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Hotel Montemare

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 439 reviews

$388

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Al Barilotto del Nonno

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 454 reviews

$235

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Hotel Eden Roc Suites

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 331 reviews

$617

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Il Gabbiano

8.2 Very Good

Score from 872 reviews

$247

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Hotel Villa Franca

8.9 Excellent

Score from 280 reviews

$543

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Hotel Vittoria

8.8 Excellent

Score from 404 reviews

$206

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Hotel Villa Gabrisa

9 Wonderful

Score from 210 reviews

$698

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Hotel Poseidon

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 229 reviews

$458

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Recommended in Positano

There are two roads, the top one which skirts the town and the bottom one which winds as a one way from the top road down to the square, a five minute walk from the beach. In between the two roads is a warren of tightly packed colourful houses with winding passageways and staircases that lead up and down. Walk a lot, take staircases and marvel at the way the buildings cling to the cliff side. It's a beautiful place to just get lost in.

Beautiful vistas and water. Very Mediterranean in its look. Difficult to walk on as it's deep pebbles, though. And a LONG walk down a lot of stairs (going down not so bad, but coming back up you need to be in good shape if there's no lift/ascensore available to your hotel. We got a LOT of exercise going to and from the beach locations.

Sitting on the balcony of my hotel room (Superior sea view), sipping wine and watching an electrical storm over the bay. Booming thunder and crashing thunder lighting up the dark sky, with the lights of the village stretching out below me.

Go there by car and drive the coast, from Positano to Cetara. There are countless vista points, each revealing a different angle of the beautiful topography and emerald sea. Make sure you go on a sunny season!

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Positano for food?

Many choices of top notch restaurants serving Italian fare - why go to Italy and not eat Italian, at every meal. The gelato - do it, daily.

Bar Bruno - an amazing, small, intimate location for authentic local dining

Chez Black - the octopus in red sauce, amazing!

Yes lots of boutique fashion & homeware stores

Beautiful Views, would go back in a heartbeat

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