POSITANO’S BEACHES: A DIVE INTO THE BLU SEA
Well-equipped beaches or hidden coves, all of them characterized by crystal-clear water, pebbles, and volcanic dark gray sand. Let’s discover the beaches of Positano! I am sure, you will find your best option!
by Annalisa Russo
Positano is one of the most popular destinations on the Amalfi Coast to spend unforgettable and relaxing holidays enjoying the sea. This town, thanks to its beautiful beaches, sometimes more hidden than others, will win everyone’s heart with amazing views and crystal-clear water. As a matter of fact, these beaches have been recognized by the Blue Flag program as some of the seaside resorts that boast uncontaminated sea and excellent services.
So, if you are on the Amalfi Coast, I am sure you will want to take a cooling swim! Therefore, in this article we will list you all the Positano beaches, from the equipped ones to the wild ones accessible by sea, to help you choose the one that is perfect for you. Let’s discover all the beaches of “the Pearl of the Amalfi Coast”.
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Spiaggia Grande - Positano
The beach "Spiaggia Grande"
The huge and iconic beach Spiaggia Grande, with its almost 300 meters of dark sand and pebbles, is the largest and most famous beach of Positano. Easily reachable on foot, not far from the historic center of this fishing town, it is located next to the pier from which hydrofoils and sea shuttles depart to the nearby tourist locations and beaches (those of Fornillo, Arienzo, and Laurito).
Spiaggia Grande, appreciated for its amazing view over Li Galli and the wonderful town of Positano, will win your heart with its colored houses shaped like a pyramid and the dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta that behind you will be the perfect background for amazing photos and a perfect place to spend a few relaxing hours enjoying one of the most spectacular views of your life. As a matter of fact, this is considered one of the most Instagrammable spots on the entire Amalfi Coast.
Moreover, if you are on holiday with the little ones, this is the best place for you. This beach, in fact, together with the Fornillo and Arienzo ones, received the Green Flag, the award given to the best Italian beaches for children.
If you want a more peaceful and remote beach with great views and crystal-clear water, not far from the port of Positano and the beach Spiaggia Grande, there is the sandy and stony beach of Fornillo, famous for its authentic views and crystal-clear water. If you want to reach it, use the sea shuttle departing from the pier of Positano or take the street Via Positanesi d' America, the picturesque and panoramic pathway suspended over the sea, also known as the Path of Lovers.
From this spot, in fact, on your right side, you will admire "Torre Fornillo" one of the most important watchtowers built in the 16th century to defend the territory from the pirates, and Li Galli archipelago. On your left side, instead, you will admire the beautiful Positano.
Fornillo beach, whose name comes from the homonymous area “Fornillo”, so-called for the presence in the Roman period of the ovens used to bake the bread for the emperor Tiberius who lived on the island of Capri, is also really appreciated for the Fish Festival in the end of summer that will give you the opportunity to try traditional dishes based on local fish.
The Arienzo beach, more distant from the center of Positano, is known as the beach of 300 steps because of its access through a long staircase. Here, you will surely be enthralled by some of the most luxurious villas on the entire Amalfi Coast that you will see while you get down to the beach.
In any case, this is not the only option to reach this beach: from the pier of Positano, there is a sea shuttle that will take you directly to the Arienzo beach, saving you the effort of so many steps.
This is a sandy beach with light-colored pebbles which is also considered one of the most popular and evocative beaches of Positano, and the only one where the sun sets later. In other words, this is a slice of paradise with crystal-clear water, worth to be reached to live a relaxing and sunbathing day.
The beach of Laurito, a small jewel set between two high cliffs, is located immediately after Arienzo and takes its name from the presence of laurels.
This is a small cove with crystal-clear water composed of white pebbles on one side and rocks on the other side, the perfect place for diving and snorkeling lovers because of the richness of its marine fauna.
You can reach this beach on foot through a long staircase near the square in front of the Hotel San Pietro. In any case, the best option is to take the sea shuttle that departs from the beach Spiaggia Grande.
To conclude, at the beach of Laurito there is a famous local restaurant where you can taste excellent local dishes and a private beach club of one of the most luxurious villas on the Coast.
If you go to Positano coming from the Sorrento Peninsula, you will drive past the path that leads to Tordigliano beach, a hidden paradise much closer to Positano than the town of Vico Equense to which it actually belongs.
Without any comforts, totally immersed in an uncontaminated nature, this is the perfect place if you do not love the crowd but you don’t want to give up crystal-clear water and breathtaking views.
Since the path is not entirely easy to walk, this beach is not recommended for the elderly or no agile people and children.
The sea shuttles that depart from the pier of Positano to the beaches of Fornillo, Arienzo, and Laurito are addressed to clients of private beaches and local restaurants. Since during the high season these beaches are usually crowded, a reservation is recommended.
The beaches Spiaggia Grande, Fornillo, Arienzo and Laurito have both private and public beaches.
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