Dazzling, exquisite and lavish, the Amalfi Coast has been drawing the jet-set crowd to its golden shores for many years. Many visitors now flock to the coastline, attracted there to lap up the iconic landscape, compelling culture and delectable cuisine and to luxuriate in the laid back Italian Mediterranean lifestyle.
The coastline boasts crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches, many of which are only accessible by boat. There are endless natural wonders to explore in the area, from hiking in the forests to adventuring into coastal caves. If lounging around devouring delicious delicacies in the sunshine is more your thing, then this is also the destination for you: the coast is famous for its fresh food and uniquely Italian recipes, and has many local and upper scale eateries for you to try out.
Map of the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coast is home to many different small villages and towns, each with their own specific culture and unique identity, which entice different types of travelers; some visitors might be looking for the glamour and lively nightlife of Positano or the sleepy seclusion of Ravello, or perhaps the big sunny beaches in Maiori.
Accommodation in the different destinations varies, ranging from upper scale, big budget luxury, to family owned bed and breakfasts and everything in between. We have rounded up the top towns to stay in the Amalfi Coast so you can find the ideal place for your perfect holiday.
The sophisticated town of Positano sits on the western Amalfi coast and is a great place to stay if you are planning on exploring other destinations around the coast, which include Capria and Ischia. The small town was once a mighty power of the seas, but nowadays is a pleasant resort where visitors can spend their time browsing the chic boutiques and dining out in the many seafood restaurants around the Grand Beach.
There is a regular ferry service to Positano and Salerno, which runs from April until the end of September. There are many luxury places to stay around the rocky shoreline of Positano but the price for a seaview does not come cheaply.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Montemare
If you want swathes of natural beauty mixed in with a spot of luxury without the huge price tag then Amalfi town is for you. One of the liveliest and largest towns on the coast, Amalfi is one of the most popular places for travelers to stay. The town has a depth of culture and interesting history with stunning medieval buildings and pretty pebble beaches.
The town itself is situated in the middle of the Amalfi coast; a 50-minute drive away from Sorrento and 40 minutes to Salerno means it’s a great location to stay in order to explore the island. Costs of accommodation aren’t as high as in other towns and there is a selection of reasonably priced hotels available.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Miramalfi
Full of charm but with less of the crowd, the peaceful village of Praiano sits between Positano and Amalfi. The authentic old fishing village is a stunning example of Amalfi life, the streets of this sleepy town wind up steps past the classically whitewashed buildings that lace the landscape and along the front of shops and local amenities. Delectable dining options are in abundance and serve up the most delicious fresh seafood for visitors to the town to enjoy.
Accommodation ranges from designer chic to modern holiday villas, and many have stunning views across the ocean. If you base yourself in Praiano the easiest way to see the rest of the coast is to rent a car and travel at your own pace exploring what Amalfi has to offer.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Le Fioriere
The sweet little village of Ravello is set back from the shoreline, perched up high on a ragged cliff with stunning views that overlook the deep blue ocean. The village is popular with those who visit on day trips from bigger towns, but if you want to enjoy the real laid back relaxed pace of life on the coast then you should stay in Ravello.
A romantic and peaceful enclave, the village has all the glamour and affluence of neighboring towns with its villas and beautiful gardens. Stay in one of the village’s smart villas or chic apartments, and spend the quiet evenings sipping on a glass of wine whilst listening to the peaceful sounds of nature.
Recommended Hotel: Villa Piedimonte
If you are traveling with children and looking for a location that is family friendly then Maiori is the destination for you. With the biggest beach on the whole of the coastline, the sandy expanses of the beach are a big draw for families, as well as the convenience of the beachfront hotels – not to mention the many restaurants serving up delicious pasta.
Mariori is generally cheaper compared to other resorts in the area and has a good choice of accommodation to choose from, the coast is also home to many other beautiful beaches that are only accessible by boat.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Club Due Torri
Located in the Park of Lattari Mountains and known as the small Switzerland, Agerola village is sat in a stunning mountainous landscape surrounded by nature. You should stay here if you are interested in exploring the natural environment of the Amalfi Coast and are not so bothered about beach hopping on boats.
From the village there are many paths that lead into the fresh chestnut forests and along the slopes. Quaint bed and breakfasts and sweet family fun hotels offer much more reasonably priced accommodation than many of the big towns on the coast.
Recommended Hotel: Casa Pendola
Two miles away from the city of Salerno lies the last small town on the Amalfi Coast. With its stunning views and a wealth of fresh food, the main attraction to little Vietri sul Mare is its traditional brightly colored ceramics. Know as Maorlica, the pottery can be found all over the beautiful town.
Surprisingly Vietri sul Mare isn’t very well equipped for tourists and has a real tough local authentic atmosphere, but with its crystalline waters and numerous walking trails along with affordable accommodation, you should stay here if you want to stay away from the tourists and opulence of nearby towns.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Voce del Mare
The pleasant, quiet and unpretentious seaside town of Minori is classically Italian, with beautiful old houses lined with lemon trees and vineyards. The mix of a temperate climate and great ingredients has given Minori the title of the ‘city of taste’ and its restaurants are famous for their bountiful bowls of pasta, which is so iconic that it is known all over Italy!
Accommodation in the town is cheaper than Amalfi, the main town which is only 15 minutes away. Minoiri is on many visitors’ itineraries who go there to enjoy the tasty culinary delights on offer, but the town is mainly free of tourist crowds and, even though the beach is small, it’s a top choice for a base on the coast.
Recommended Hotel: Minori Palace
If you want to be cut off from the world for a while and immerse yourself in rustic Italian culture then you should stay in Conca dei Marini, home to just a handful of locals who live along the cliffs in quaint cottages.
The town isn’t close to any big transport hubs, which could be a downside to some tourists, but for those who are visiting on their honeymoon or want to hike in the natural landscape surrounding the village, then Conca dei Marini is a dream destination.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Le Terrazze
The charming town of Furore is easy to miss; situated on the main road between Amalfi and Positano, the town is made up of a scattering of houses at the foot of a cliff. Small lanes and alleys carved onto the mountainside create Furore’s unique aesthetic that makes visitors feel like they are in another time.
Stay among the olive trees and grapevines in one of the reasonably priced and chic hotels, and spend your holiday looking over the red roofs to the azure blue of the sea.
Recommended Hotel: La Vela
Scala is the perfect place to stay in the Amalfi Coast if you enjoy hiking. Sat just a stone’s throw from the Lattari Mountains, the town looks down the valley of Dragone, which is covered with woodland and hiking trails which have scenic trails to nearby towns such as Minuto and Pontone.
Steeped in history, the town has picturesque hotels from traditional living in the rustic bed and breakfasts, to more upper scale options that include manicured gardens and panoramic views.
Recommended Hotel: Portico Del Paradiso
The working fishing village of Cetara is a vision of what the Amalfi Coast would have been like before the glamorous tourism scene arrived here. The town is notably more hardy than its neighbors, with its rugged coastline and rocky terrain, but there is a charm here in the classic architecture sat in the side of the cliff and the stunningly secluded beach.
The accommodation here is very good value and, as it is famous for its fishing, there are some delicious local delicacies to sample too!
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Cetus
Small but stunning Atrani is a hidden gem on the Amalfi coast. The town’s historic architecture, which includes the Church of St Salvatore, is far from traffic and crowds and offers the chance for visitors to stay in one of the beautiful ancient buildings tucked away from the modern world, and sit on balconies surrounded by fresh flowers.
Spend days splashing in the clear waters and evenings wandering Atrani’s maze of lanes to discover a new delicious dish to try for dinner, or take a boat up the coast to find hidden secret beaches.
Recommended Hotel: Lae Domus
Thirteen small hamlets dotted along the rocky hills of Amalfi make up Tramonti. Agricultural land with olive trees and sheep farms surrounds the villages, which are famed for their views of golden sunsets. Set back eight kilometres from the sea, Tramonti’s center is Cesarano and is a fascinating glimpse into rural life on the Amalfi coast away from the shoreline.
Many speciality regional foods are made here which bring in day trippers from larger towns, but staying in Tramonti’s quaint, rustic accommodation is a special experience.
Recommended Hotel: Casa Vacanze Del Core