Where to stay when hiking the Amalfi Coast

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Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast

You want to go walking on the Amalfi Coast. But where should you stay? There are so many options that it can be difficult to make the right decision. This is intended to give you a few facts to bear in mind.

Your decision will depend on a number of factors. If you are walking from place to place having your bags transported each day, the choice of hotel is less important when you are staying only for one night. If, on the other hand, you find the prospect of packing and unpacking daily rather too much of a chore, we advise a centre-based holiday. This is far more relaxing, enabling you to linger over breakfast and at the end of the day look forward to having everything in place waiting for you in your room. On such a holiday your choice of hotel naturally becomes more important.

Where to stay when hiking the Amalfi Coast is likely to be determined by your budget. Accommodation in lesser-known coastal resorts such as Minore or Maiori is cheaper than in the well-known hot spots such as Amalfi, Ravello, Positano and Capri. Large tour operators often choose small inland towns such as Bomerano; the disadvantage of such places is that the choice of restaurants is limited or you dine at the small hotel each evening. Being situated on a flat expanse of agricultural upland, you find yourself walking up at the end of the day rather than down! Another popular choice is Sorrento, the land of package tours where a vast choice of accommodation keeps prices lower. Here, you are based some distance from the best walks and, although well placed for visiting the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, bus journeys to and from the most stunning parts of the coast are long and tedious.

Having spent some years visiting this World Heritage Site and having explored many of its medieval villages, our favourite place to stay is undoubtedly Amalfi itself. Not only does it have a bus station with frequent departures to all parts of the peninsula but a beautiful harbour. Nothing beats being whisked to the start of your walk by boat: the journey time is shorter and the views of the coast magnificent. And, as mentioned before, being at sea level, when you return at the end of the day to Amalfi, you will be walking down rather than up! (Remember that Amalfi, like all the towns and villages along this coast, is vertical, buildings seemingly stacked one on top of the other!)

What else do we love about Amalfi? It’s medieval whitewashed passageways, its colourful shops, its splendid cathedral, its hidden beaches. And, best of all perhaps, its astonishing choice of superb restaurants. We love dining out under the stars in a medieval square or at our favourite fish restaurant listening to the waves lapping on the shore, the moon reflected in the water. And, if you want a day off walking, there are numerous things to do. Take a boat along the coast or a short bus ride up to Ravello. Visit nearby Paestum with its magnificent ancient Greek temples or simply enjoy visiting fascinating little museums. You can go on a ‘Lemon Tour’, hosted by the family who first discovered Limoncello and, of course, enjoy some samplings! Or you could learn how to cook Italian food. Of course, excursionss to Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum are available: the choice is endless.

But all this comes at a price! Amalfi is not cheap! There is a wide choice of accommodation from mult-starred hotels to modest pensions or self-catering apartments. The Villa Lara B&B is well regarded although a 10-minute walk from the centre. For a central 3-star hotel tucked away in an ancient square, the Hotel Floridiana is a popular choice. For a memorable 4-star family-owned hotel with sea views The Hotel Aurora, peacefully situated away from traffic with its own beach is our favourite. It’s only 10 minutes from the harbour. Here you can enjoy wonderful breakfasts in the terrace gardens and excellent service.

The Hotel Residence, a former palace furnished with antiques, also 4-star and family-owned in the heart of Amalfi is another favourite. While walking in Amalfi is enjoyable at any time of year bear in mind that most hotels are closed between November and early April

For both guided and self guided walking holidays on the Amalf Coast, see Country Walks.