We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. No matter how hectic life gets, my husband and I always try to squeeze in at least two vacations a year. I think it's healthy for marriage and every married couple should do it, even if it's just for a weekend. Not only do we get some alone time to enjoy ourselves (and get some sleep!), but I think it's also good for kids to learn a bit of independence. We decided to take a trip to Amalfi coast this year and these are some of our photos and tips we've learned.
Here are some tips how we plan our trip:
Air fares - google flight (put in the dates that you desire) save it and track the price, you will get notification when the price changes. I book hotels using booking.com (they will price match if you find anything cheaper also).
I suggest flying to Naples International Airport. From there you can get to Amalfi Coast in a couple of ways. We took the cab from the airport. That's the fastest (about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Positano) and we were too exhausted from the flight to do any connecting boat/bus rides. The cost was 130 euros (but it's cheaper if you book a ride before going there online). You can also take the boat from Naples to Sorrento or Salerno then from Sorrento or Salerno to Positano (by bus or ferry)
We stayed at the Eden Roc Suites. Highly recommended: Great service and convenient location (10 minute walk down to the beach and bus stops are practically a few steps away). They also offer free breakfast and lots of their rooms are newly renovated with a breath taking view out of the balcony.
San Pietro Di Positano. Stunning resort with the only private beach in Positano! It's away from all the crowded areas and is located down by the water with easy access to their boats.
Restaurants to try:
I love to eat and I try to go to as many different restaurants as I can. Every restaurant we went to was amazing and highly recommended!
Chez black (lunch or dinner) - this is the 'must eat' restaurant in Positano. It's the people watching/celebrity spotting restaurant that's right by the beach. The food was amzing, the atmosphere was lively and everybody was having a really good time. The Spaghetti with Sea Urchin was delicious and came in it's own Sea Urchin bowl!
Da Adolfo (lunch only) - the 'IMPOSSIBLE TO GET RESERVATION' restaurant is worth all the hype with delicious dishes such as the octopus appetizers and grilled whole fish. There's a boat that takes people from the beach to their restaurant in another destination only if you score a reservation.
Mammà in Capri (lunch or dinner) Michelin star restaurant with delicious raw seafood and beautiful plating! Their view of Capri is breathtaking and if you get a chance try to watch the sunset there.
Ristorante da Costantino Request a table by the window and order their house wine, you won't be disappointed! Their whole fish was delicious and they were not very expensive for very authentic Italian. They're located a little far away but they have pick up and drop off service. We learned the hard way by walking there (45 minute of walking up lots and lots of stairs!) but it was definitely a memorable walk and it's the best way to get the sweeping views of Positano!
One great thing about Amalfi coast is how easy it is to travel from one part to another. You can easily take ferry (or private boat) rides between Amalfi, Capri, Ravello, Positano, Sorrento, and Salerno. Prices range from $12-$15 euro for a one way trip and you get to see the beautiful coast of Amalfi from the water. We were able to visit Capri and Amalfi in the short time we were on vacation!