By Shobita Louis
The Island of Capri has long been a popular day trip for travellers visiting Naples or the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano & Ravello). The island can also be considered an excellent alternative to stay on as well.
Capri is a pretty island in the Bay of Naples and has two towns – Capri and Ana Capri. The historical city centre (Piazzetta) is located in Capri.
How do I get there:
Ferries or speedboats, if however, you want, a helicopter transfer can be arranged
Getting around the Island:
The city centre of Capri and other parts are car free. However, public transport is very efficient and taxis are available 24 hours. The easiest ways of travelling whilst on the islands are,
- Buses (they are actually minibuses)
- The Funicular railway
- Walking – for those inclined, you can actually walk from Capri to Anacapri (It is about an hour uphill)
When to go or not to go:
PEAK SEASON (July & August) – It is crowded and expensive and is better to avoid
HIGH SEASON (June – September) – Rates are lower than the peak season, however, can be a bit crowded
LOW SEASON (April, May & October) – This is a good time to visit as the rates are better and crowds less
REMEMBER – Most hotels are closed from November to about mid or end March. Many shops and restaurants are also shut. There are about two restaurants open during this time, mainly for day trippers. Ferries will have less service and the funicular is also closed usually in November and December for maintenance.
The Wanderers’ Take
- Hire a ‘Gozzo’, a traditional Sorrentine wooden boat to take you around the island for the day. This allows you to swim at various locations and explore the rugged coastline, hidden caves and secluded beaches.
- The island is a ‘walker’s hikers paradise’ and there are several amazing walks and hikes around the island. Even if you are not an enthusiastic walkers, this would be a unique and once in a life time experience because of the views!
- A visit to the iconic Blue Grotto is a bonus for those staying on the island. Once the day trippers with their boats are gone, you may be allowed actually swim around the Blue Grotto cave!
- If you are more adventurous, you could explore the coast on a canoeing trip
- In the evening, once the day trippers are gone, the island is less manic and becomes a different place. Add a touch of pizazz to your holiday; dress up and relax in the glamorous and charming main square, in one of several cafes and bars, listening to the live bands that sometimes play there while you sip on a glass of wine.
Who should go there:
– Someone looking for something different!
– Excellent for couples, honeymooners or someone celebrating an anniversary
– Families with teens – there’s history and also some fun outdoorsy things to do!