BEST THINGS TO DO IN POSITANO
Positano is probably the most photographed town on the Amalfi Coast.Try to do a Google search and you’ll see so many photos of its colorful buildings perched on a cliffside, facing the blue sea.
Beyond the scenic location, is this town worth visiting? Yes, of course.
Let’s find out what to do in Positano!
THINGS TO DO IN POSITANO
WALK THROUGH THE HISTORICAL CENTER OF POSITANO
The historic center of Positano is small and you can explore it on foot in about one or two hours. There is only one road to follow and it is usually crowded with locals, tourists and cars. However, it’s where you find all the restaurants and cafes, the artisan workshops and the souvenir shops.
Among the most beautiful buildings in the historic center of Positano is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Its gorgeous dome covered with colored majolica is the symbol of the town. This church is also very popular among those couples who are about to get married due to its scenic location.
If the chaos of the center is too much for you, don’t be afraid to get lost in the maze of secondary narrow streets and stairways. This is where you can discover the most authentic Positano.
RELAX ON THE BEACH
Marina Grande and Fornillo are the two main beaches in Positano.
Marina Grande is just a few meters from the town and it is the perfect place to relax and take pictures; from there it is possible to admire the best view of all the buildings perched on the rock.
Fornillo beach is smaller, but being further away from the center it is also quieter.
Both beaches are equipped with sun beds and umbrellas for a fee. There is a small portion of free beach near Marina Grande, but it is only for the residents.
TAKE A BOAT TRIP AND VISIT THE EMERALD CAVE
One of the best ways to enjoy the Amalfi Coast is on a boat.
From the boat you can see details that you cannot see from the mainland. One of these is the ancient watchtower of Positano, located on a cliff overlooking the sea.
There are many boat itineraries departing from Positano. The one to Grotta dello Smeraldo, the emerald grotto, is the most suggestive.
A fisherman discovered by chance the cave in 1932 and it immediately became one of the most popular attractions on the Amalfi Coast.
It is about 30 meters wide, 60 meters long and 24 meters high. Stalagmites, stalactites and other rock formations cover the walls, while the light entering the cave hits the water in such a particular way that it gives the impression that the sea is lit from below. The water takes on an enchanting emerald color from which the name of the cave.
It is a magical world that tourists can reach via a staircase or an elevator. However, the best way to enter it is through an opening in the rock accessible only by sea.
HIKE THE PATH OF THE GODS
If you love nature and hiking is your passion, then the Path of the Gods is one of your things to do in Positano.
This path is 10 km long and connects Agerola to Nocelle-Montepertuso, above Positano.
Along the way there are countless points from where you can admire breathtaking views. Many of these are equipped with benches to allow walkers to rest and calmly contemplate the panorama.
The Path of the Gods is not difficult, but it certainly requires a minimum of training. You don’t necessarily have to go through it all. If you want you can only do the stretch you prefer. For example, the stretch near Positano is particularly scenographic; the path connects to the city by a staircase of 1700 steps! Challenging, but the sea view is incomparable.
EXPLORE THE AMALFI COAST
Positano is a great starting point for exploring the Amalfi Coast.
From there you can easily reach the town of Praiano, the beautiful fiord of Furore or the island of Capri.