I rounded up my recommendations for Positano! I recently spent about 3 days in this cliffside village, and was in constant awe of the roads, the travelers, and the water that seemed to sparkle endlessly.
I spent a total of 9 days in Italy. 2 in Naples, 4 in Minori (minutes from Amalfi), and 3 in Positano. If you plan on traveling to the Amalfi Coast, I would recommend getting a feel of staying in different cities, and definitely including Positano in your places to stay. It’s as beautiful as it looks on Instagram, and if you love the water and boating, it’s a dream vacation.
Italian. I am not a fluent Italian speaker, but would use Google Translate often when it came to interacting with locals. My friends and I noticed when we put in the effort to speak the native language, Italians were more receptive and willing to talk to us.
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BEST TIME TO GO:
In spring or fall when Positano is less packed with tourists, and the heat is moderate. Our travels were during the first week of October, and we found ourselves able to enjoy the beach during the day. Average temps were a high of 78°F and a low of 66°F.
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How to Book A Trip to Positano: I highly recommend planning a multi-city trip when visiting Positano, and booking with European Destinations. They create affordable packages that include your flight (including any connecting flights/trains), rental car, and hotels.
Do I Rent a Car? If you planned a multi-city trip, I would definitely suggest renting a car if you’re looking to have the freedom of exploring the coast. The driving difficulty is pretty high to most people, but I felt completely fine throughout the trip. It’s challenging, but if you’re an experienced driver, especially with aggressive drivers, you’ll be good! Just drive with confidence. Oh, and get the car insurance. The streets are narrow and parking is tight. We found ourselves returning to our car with new dings every day, LOL. You can also get away with boat taxi’s and busses if you don’t feel comfortable driving.
How to Explore Positano: By foot. Most things are about a 15 minute climb up ( *ass clench*) or down cute hidden pathways or the main road. Check out more tips below under “Things to Do”!
FOOD AND DRINKS
Franco’s Bar was created by The Sirenuse (one of the dreamiest hotels in Positano). This is a great spot for sunset drinks located just next to the hotel. Check the opening hours. It’s first come first serve. We got there 9 minutes after they opened and found ourselves having to wait to be seated for about 15 minutes.
Casa E Bottega
When you’re getting tired of pizza and pasta, check out Casa E Bottega! They have a beautiful healthy menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner offering açaí bows, smoothies, gorgeous green salads, and the best gelato in Positano.
VALLE DEI MULINI
Discover the back entrance to this restaurant and enjoy a glass of their Nebbiolo paired with a pizza pie. YUM.
We found the best food came from local deli’s like Latteria. Stop by, grab a bottle of wine from the the region, Campania, and meats, cheeses, and olives to pair!
Trattoria la Tagliata
-THINGS TO DO-
THIS. IS. A MUST. I booked our boat charter through Airbnb Experience! We met great people from around the world, and our host was incredible.
I would recommend visiting the private beaches Positano has to offer. The main beach is good, but enjoying a quiet beach is worth it. Da Adolfo is a small beach that can only be visited by boat. Be on the lookout for a boat taxi at the main pier in Positano with a red fish on it! It’s free for people who are visiting the restaurant at Da Adolfo. There’s an area for the public where you can lay down on your towel, or you can rent a beach chair.
CONCA DE MARINI
Conca Di Marini is roughly 15 minutes away from Positano. It’s stunning to drive through, or stop by a cliffside restaurant for lunch. On our boat-day, we were able to stop in the water and enjoy the sight of this town from the water.
My all-time favorite beach club in Positano. It’s pricier with a lounge chair costing 25€, but there is also a free beach where you lay down on your own towel. You can access it via boat taxi, or park near Ville Treville and walk your way down. Stay here for the sunset.