Visit the island of Capri: what to do, what to see, and how to get to the island of Capri? Embark on this exciting getaway between the sea and the mountains!
Welcome to Capri! Extending over a 6 mile area, this charming little island is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. It became a famous and popular destination for wealthy gay men and artists after the Oscar Wilde trial. Progressively, it shifted from a an exclusive destination for the aristocracy and the wealthy to a mainstream Summer holiday spot, perhaps through the singer Hervé Villard and his hit single “Capri, c’est fini !” Bathed in sunlight almost all year round, Capri Island offers access to breathtaking treasures: secret coves, lively narrow streets, steep cliffs, and mountain peaks offering breathtaking views… A favorite destination of jet-setters, the island attracts many celebrities and the paparazzi that follow them. Visit Capri and get ready for a dream-filled getaway in the heart of the Tyrrhenian Sea!
Visit Capri: here are the best things to do and see on the island!
Read also : The 14 best things to do in Naples
1. Downtown Capri
If you have decided to visit the island of Capri, you will arrive at the port of Marina Grande. Hop on board of the funicular that will take you directly to Piazza Umberto I (La Piazzetta), in the center of Capri and immerse yourself in the city’s chic and somewhat “show off” atmosphere. Spoil yourself in luxury boutiques or wander through the narrow cobbled streets, lined with beautiful whitewashed houses.
2. Arco Naturale
The result of millions of years of erosion from the waves of the sea, Arco Naturale is an 60 feet high natural arch of limestone rock dating back to the Paleolithic age. Overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Arco Naturale is a beautiful wonder of nature, right before your eyes.
3. Mount Solaro
Nearly 2000 feet high, Mount Solaro is the highest peak in Capri. Needless to say, the panorama at the top is breathtaking. To reach the summit, you can either opt for a hiking trail (if you’re feeling sporty) or via a chairlift, a more laid-back option.
Though it may seem like you are in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic or on Palawan in the Philippines, this is Italy! The Grotta Azzurra, famous for the intense azure blue of its waters, is accessible via small boats which regularly depart from Marina Grande. After passing through a small stone portal, you enter into a cave through which sunlight enters, magically illuminating the blue water.
Exuding a more authentic feel than the capital, the small town of Anacapri is located more in the heart of the land and at higher altitudes than Capri. A bus from Piazza Umberto in the city of Capri will take you there in 10 minutes. Don’t miss a visit of its small baroque church: San Michele.
6. Via Krupp
Considered one of the world’s most beautiful walking paths, Via Krupp was built between 1900 and 1902. Entirely paved, it connects La Certosa di San Giacomo with the Marina Piccola port. Walk through a series of hairpin curves carved into the rock, but before you do, don’t forget to take a picture of the bird’s eye view of this fantastic road.
7. The Faraglioni
You cannot visit the island of Capri without getting an eyeful of this beautiful natural site located at the southeastern end of the island. Capri’s “Faraglioni” – the Italian word for sea stacks – consists of three iconic rocks, each about a hundred meters high. The Faraglioni are the result of erosion caused by the waves on the limestone rocks. Climb up one of the island’s many viewing points to see them, or take a short boat ride to see them from even closer.
8. The beaches
If you are looking for vast and beautiful sandy beaches, Capri is not the place you’re looking for. In Capri, beaches are rare, small, and sometimes secret. They are very often made of rocks or pebbles. But the water is so blue and clear that everything else is quickly forgotten.
Hiking enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a range of breathtaking vistas from the heights of Capri. Follow the marked trails and discover wild coves and the island’s peaceful, natural beaches.
10. The traditional cuisine
If you are a food aficionado, you won’t be disappointed: visiting Capri gives you the chance to enjoy an array of delicious local specialties! Capri’s most famous dish, after its namesake salad – the Insalata Caprese – of course, is “ravioli capresi,” a mouth-watering, perfectly round pasta pockets filled with semi-aged cheese, eggs, and marjoram served in a fresh tomato and basil sauce. If you’re fond of seafood, you will surely enjoy the local “pezzogna” (red sea bream), “saraghi” (striped sea bream) or “totani” (cuttlefish, similar to squid). Don’t forget to try the local shrimp served either sautéed, raw, combined with pasta, or served in a risotto. For dessert, treat yourself with a slice of “torta caprese,” a rich and yet airy chocolate-almond cake, traditionally served with a chilled glass of limoncello.
How to get to Capri?
The nearest large airport is the Naples International airport, with many low-cost airlines offering direct flights at low prices from Newcastle, Birmingham or Paris Roissy-CDG
Flying to Naples will be one of the more convenient options if you’re flying from the UK. From overseas however you will need to get a connecting flight or land in a larger Italian Airport, such as Rome Fiumincino that offers direct flights from New York JFK, Toronto Pearson or Atlanta. To get a better idea of the different options available, head to the website of our partner Skyscanner.
To then get to Capri, you can board the ferries and hydrofoils operating between the mainland and the island. There are daily departures from Naples, Sorrento or from the Amalfi coast (Salerno, Amalfi, and Positano). You can book your ferry crossing online via the Direct Ferries website. A trip from Naples will take about 45 min, from Sorrento it will take about 30 min.
A word of advice: forget the car, vehicles of non-residents are forbidden to embark during the high season! As the island is small and very well served by buses and funiculars, you will save yourself a lot of stress (and avoid costly parking).
Excursions to visit Capri from Naples, Sorrento, and Rome
Note that there are organized day trips from the cities of Naples, Sorrento, and even Rome. These excursions include transportation from your hotel/accommodation, the crossing by boat, your guide for the day, and lunch in Capri. They allow you to tour Capri and to visit the island’s must-see attractions. A convenient solution if you are in the region for a 3-4 day extended weekend:
Where to stay in Capri?
Visiting Capri and staying there can be expensive. We recommend staying in Anacapri, the part of the island that is a little cheaper, and where you can find small guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and other affordable accommodation options more easily. You have decided to visit the island of Capri, and you are looking for an affordable hotel? Definitely book in advance as places fill up quickly, go on a booking website and sort through the options until you find what fits you best!
You can also stay nearby and take a ferry, Naples is 45 min away and Sorrento is only 30 min, and you’ll be sure to find more options in either city than on the island. We recommend you take a look and consider a stay in Naples or a stay in Sorrento.
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