The first chapter of our European summer adventure yet the last chapter in my visual diaries series from our trip with Contiki Chronicles is the postcard perfect Amalfi Coast. A few picturesque towns nestled into the sides of cliffs along the Southern Italian coastline.
We based ourselves in the local town of Sorrento purely because many of the other towns like Positano are quite expensive during high season. Our tour manager Chris Tabone negotiated affordable day rates for a large taxi to take us from our hotel in Sorrento to Positano for the afternoon where we only got a handful of hours before the sun decided to set. This is all the time we needed for a few tourists who were there to run around and document as much as we could rather than sunbake on the beach. If you’re coming for the sunbaking then yes, definitively allocate more time for Positano as its rainbow cliff-side houses, pebbled beaches and vibrant beach umbrellas and sun-lounges are perfectly positioned for pure relaxation. I could have spent hours dreaming away on the beach below but opted to stay in the moment as when you’re in Positano reality seems far more enticing.
Another way to spend your day is to take a day trip to the island of dreamy Capri. We caught a boat to the main marina of Capri where we hired a boat which took us around the local sea caves, stunning rock formations and up close and personal to sights like the Blue, Green, and White Grottos. Being a water baby I realised just how beneficial it is having your own boat, often jumping into the sea and swimming to small rocks to experience the depths below and what it would be like if I could actually live out one of my childhood dreams of being a mermaid. Still not possible? Really?
By night we would visit the stunning bay of Naples or wander the small streets and back alleyways of Sorrento where I picked up a few bottles of Limoncello (lemon alcohol) as souvenirs – a cliche must-do that was more enjoyable than it sounds.
All up we only spent two days on the Amalfi Coast with Contiki Chronicles. Not a lot of time but enough to experience some true highlights and give you a small (visual) taste of what this stunning place has to offer.
Photos by me