Amalfi Coast - why visit?
The Amalfi Coast can be found on the west coast of Italy, and provides a particularly lovely place to take a few days holiday. A variety of landscape awaits you at the Amalfi Coast: there's those coastal mountain ranges, with towns perched high above the water; rich forests; towns to explore; and when all that gets too much, there are those beaches to discover.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy - with Capri in the distance. Image by Craig Stanfill
The coast, it has to be said, is one of the main features of the Amalfi Coast (I suppose I'm stating the obvious there - what with this area being called the Amalfi Coast). Those vast cliffs which drop straight down to the sea; or the beaches to spend a more relaxing day. Positano and Amalfi along the southern side of Amalfi Coast make good places to visit. Or try the resort of Sorrento on the northern side.
Should you be taking your holiday near the towns of Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi, you can use the the hydrofoil or fast ferry to get around - and this way you really get to see some of that fantastic coastline.
Busses also run frequently, and make a viable way of getting around. Or how about walking and cycling? You won't get stuck in any traffic jams this way. You can walk some of the many trails in this area; with cycles being handy to explore inland.
And last, but not least, is the most popular method of seeing the sights - hiring a car. This gives you the flexibility to get around, but watch those traffic jams in the summer months!
Hidden away cave, found while hiking the Amalfi Coast. Image by Szapucki
Hire a boat - and really sea the coast
You get to see the coast while travelling about on a ferry; but to really see the coast; you can hire a boat for the day. Explore some of those coastal spots which are only accessible by boat (so they're not going to be too crowded), or maybe head over the island of Capri for lunch.
For those who fancy that idea of hiring a boat, Sorrento is the town to head for. Sorrento isn't just a good place for hiring a boat though, there's plenty of shops, restaurants, and the occasional museum to visit.
What type of holiday to have
So, you fancy some of that coastline exploring; or hiking in the hills; or maybe just supping a cappuccino watching the world go by. The question is, where to stay for a few days. One excellent way of taking a holiday is with a villa holiday.
Staying at your own villa gives you the ultimate in independence. Should you want to venture out and see the area you can; or, if the previous days' walking was just too much, you can spend a day beside your private swimming pool! I ask you, what's not to like?
A good place to look for a villa in the Amalfi Coast
is James Villas. They have a handful of lovely holiday villas scattered around this area, so there should be something to take your fancy.
There are a couple of examples of villa on the Amalfi Coast you may be interested in: the first one is Villa La Granseola
- a large villa sleeping 12 people in 6 bedrooms; this is the one to try for group of friends looking to take a holiday together. Or, if there aren't quite as many of you, how about Villa Dei Galli
- sleeping 4 people. Both these villas have their own swimming pool. And both villas have terrific views!
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