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Capri, Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea

A visit to Capri makes the perfect day trip from the Amalfi coast. Known for its dramatic views, striking Faraglioni rocks, and sheer beauty, Capri is one of Italy’s most beautiful islands - and a must-see if you’re staying on the Amalfi coast.

 

"Sailing Route Suggestions"

 

It's easy to think that Capri has a tropical, island climate all year round, perfect for a seaside vacation. The truth is that Capri has four very distinct seasons, each with its own weather and atmosphere.The tourist season on Capri traditionally runs from the Easter holidays to the first weekend of November. Locals consider the best times to visit the island from thebeginning of April to mid-June, and from the beginning of September to mid-October. Spring is definitely the most beautiful time of year to visit Capri. The light is just right, the weather mild, and the tropical flowers are all in bloom. 

 

"Beautiful Port Town"

 

Capri has always been a famous hot spot for the likes of George Clooney, Jay Z and media king David Geffen. Geffen’s megayachts are often spotted in this marina: Pelorus and the Rising Sun (two of the top 20 largest superyachts in the world). In the 50’s, it was also a known getaway for popular celebrities such as: Sophia Loren and Jacqueline Kennedy. Capri’s ambiance is lively with exciting nightclubs, shopping, restaurants and incredible villas.

 

"Colourful sites" 

 

When you come to Capri - visit the Piazzetta. It’s a tiny square but always bustling, with every seat of the four bars packed to the rafters, and the perfect spot for people-watching. There are four café bars on the Piazzetta and there isn’t much between them in terms of prices and what they offer so choose the one you like the most. The bars are all open until about 2am so you can spend your entire evening watching what Norman Douglas described as “the world’s little theatre”. The Piccolo bar is the oldest of the four and benefits from an upstairs bar (handy if you’d rather “see” than “be seen”). Tiberio (closed November) is popular with young Neapolitans, the Gran Caffè is usually popular with tourists and Bar Caso serves great granite (drinks over crushed ice).

 

"Piazzetta"

 

Visiting the Blue Grotto is a must. Discovered in the time of Tiberius, the place was initially thought to be haunted by evil spirits and so was avoided; it was rediscovered in the 19th century and since then has become one of Capri’s most popular attractions. When the weather is fine a small rowing boat will take you into the grotto (you’ll need to lie down in the boat as the opening is very narrow) and, thanks to reflecting sunlight, the water appears to take on the colour of sky. If you’re lucky, your boatman might even sing you a song so that you can experience the wonderful acoustics. 

 

"Sky Coloured Waters"

 

One of the loveliest ways of experiencing the beauty of Capri is out at sea, away from the crowds. There are boat and tour companies that can arrange everything from a speedboat transfer to another island (or back to Naples), a trip to Positano or La Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto, see below), or finding a quiet cove to drop anchor and have lunch in. You can have a skipper for a day (or half day) or hire your own boat. Bring lunch, swimwear, plenty of water and suncream.