Embrace the Dolce Vita that Italy has to offer! Surrounded by lemon groves, vineyards, and terraced gardens, Amalfi (40.6340° N, 14.6027° E) is nestled between dramatic cliffs and the azure Tyrrhenian Sea, creating breathtaking vistas. Amalfi was once a powerful maritime republic, along with Venice, Genoa, and Pisa, during the Middle Ages. Now it is a truly special destination for all sailors seeking an authentic Italian coastal experience with some gentle light winds and easy light sailing conditions.
Navigating nature's challenges: Coping with Amalfi's weather patterns
The best time to go on an Amalfi Coast yacht charter is typically within the shoulder seasons, which are spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). A prevailing northwesterly wind blows steadily through this time between 8 and 15 knots. The average wind speed between June and August isn’t normally higher than between 20 to 25 knots.
The Amalfi Coast has a rugged and rocky shoreline, so we advise you to pay close attention to navigational charts and be aware of underwater hazards. Furthermore, some parts of the coastline have narrow passages and tight turns. Familiarize yourself with the navigational routes and be cautious, especially in busy seasons when there might be other boats around. However, you can always consider hiring a local skipper who knows the area and can guide you to the best spots and ensure your safety.
The best places to drop anchor
The main beach of Positano offers a picturesque setting for anchoring. A quieter alternative to Spiaggia Grande, Fornillo Beach is also a lovely spot for anchoring. While there are anchorages, they can be limited, and some areas are designated as no-anchor zones. Research and plan your anchorage spots in advance. Be cautious of underwater rocks and cliffs, especially when anchoring close to the shore. If you plan to stay in a marina, especially during the high season, it's advisable to make reservations well in advance due to high demand. An insider tip: anchor near the Li Galli Islands, also known as the Sirenusas, which are said to be the home of the sirens in Greek mythology. They offer a unique and scenic anchorage experience.
Must-see destinations on the Amalfi Coast - famous and not-so-famous
Amalfi - where history and coastal charm meet: visit the historic Cathedral of Saint Andrew, explore the charming town center, and enjoy panoramic views from the Torre dello Ziro. The cathedral with its Arab-Norman architecture and a beautiful cloister, is a major attraction.
The beauty of Positano (40.6281° N, 14.4850° E) lies in its simplicity, charm, and sophistication. Admire the colorful houses tumbling down the cliffside, the narrow streets filled with boutiques and cafes, and unique staircases. If you enjoy hiking, consider the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods). It offers panoramic views of the coastline and is a popular trek for nature enthusiasts. Get a postcard-perfect view of the Amalfi Coast from the gardens of Ravello (attend the Ravello Festival if you visit during the summer) - visit Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, two historic villas with beautiful gardens and panoramic views of the coast.
Sorrento (40.6263° N, 14.3758° E) is a charming coastal town located on the clifftops overlooking the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. It is renowned for its stunning views, sun-kissed lemon groves, and picturesque surroundings. Sorrento offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea. The town is perched atop cliffs, providing visitors with captivating vistas. Sorrento is famous for its lush lemon groves, where the renowned Sorrento lemons are grown. The scent of lemon blossoms fills the air, creating a delightful atmosphere. The lemons harvested in Sorrento are used to make Limoncello, a lemon liqueur popular in the region. Visitors can enjoy tastings and purchase this local specialty. Sorrento has two main beaches, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. Marina Grande is the larger and more popular beach, offering clear waters and a selection of beachside restaurants. Sorrento celebrates its lemon heritage with the annual Lemon Festival, featuring parades, music, and artistic displays made from lemons and citrus fruits.
Capri (40.5532° N, 14.2222° E) is a wonderful mix of natural wonders, elegant lifestyle, and historical significance. The Faraglioni Rocks are limestone sea stacks and one of the most famous landmarks of Capri. Capri's main harbor, Marina Grande, offers anchorage options. A smaller harbor on the southern side of Capri, Marina Piccola provides a picturesque anchorage spot with views of the Faraglioni. Explore the Blue Grotto, visit Villa San Michele, take a chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro, and stroll through the charming town of Anacapri offering panoramic views of the island and the sea.
Vietri sul Mare ("Vietri on the Sea") (40.6679° N, 14.7279° E) is a town renowned for its centuries-old tradition of ceramic craftsmanship. An insider tip - join a ceramic workshop and create your own colorful and intricately designed ceramics! The town also has a beautiful beach, Marina di Vietri, lined with really nice restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Cetara (40.6498° N, 14.7000° E) is a quintessential Mediterranean fishing village famous for its anchovy sauce (colatura di alici). Explore the beaches, enjoy fresh seafood (widely considered to be the best fish on the Amalfi Coast), and visit the Church of St. Peter.
Furore (40.6186° N, 14.5510° E) is a tiny fishing village between Marina di Praia and Conca dei Marini. And here is one of the most unique and picturesque features of the Amalfi Coastline - the captivating Fjord of Furore, a dramatic natural fjord-like inlet with a beach. The fjord is flanked by towering cliffs, and its waters are a stunning shade of turquoise. The combination of steep cliffs and the narrow inlet creates a mesmerizing natural beauty. Last but not least - is also a popular spot for divers and snorkelers due to its clear waters and underwater caves. Furore hosts an annual international diving competition known as the "World High Diving Championship" where divers from around the world showcase their skills by jumping from great heights into the fjord's waters.
Minori: Visit the Roman Villa Marittima Romana, stroll along the seafront, and savor the local pastry specialty, "delizia al limone" (lemon delight).
Atrani is one of the smallest and most charming towns on the coast. Visit the Church of San Salvatore de' Birecto and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
Scala is the oldest town on the coast nestled in the hills. Our team recommends visiting the historic town center with its medieval architecture, hiking the nature trails, and exploring the scenic hamlets of Minuta and Pontone.
Conca dei Marini: Explore the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto), a stunning sea cave with emerald-colored waters. Visit the picturesque Church of San Pancrazio and relax on the small beaches.
The Li Galli Islands, also known as the Sirenusas, are a small archipelago situated between the town of Positano and the Isle of Capri in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The archipelago consists of several islets, with the three main islands named Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia, and La Rotonda. These islands have the intriguing aura of ancient legends and are believed to be the home of the sirens in ancient Greek mythology. The Li Galli Islands are part of a protected marine area, aiming to conserve the natural habitats and wildlife in the region.
Ischia (40.7270° N, 13.9029° E), the largest island in the Gulf of Naples, has always been considered one of the major thermal centers in Europe with its many hot springs of thermal and hyperthermal water.
Remember that part of the beauty of the Amalfi Coast lies in exploring the hidden gems and discovering the less crowded, charming spots. Each village has its unique character, offering breathtaking views, delicious cuisine, and a glimpse into the traditional Italian way of life. We recommend booking your yacht charter and accommodations in advance, especially if you have specific dates in mind.