Famed for its rugged landscape, crystal clear waters, designer shops and limoncello, the beautiful Island of Capri is an absolute must-visit if you’re ever visiting Sorrento. It’s the holiday home to the rich and famous, with its glamorous beach bars and cove-studded coastline drawing in amazing yachts, and is a short ferry ride from Sorrento.
There are three ferry companies operating with trips between the island and the mainland going at about 20 times a day, or you can book on to one of the many excursions to the island, where you will have a tour guide and can learn more about the island’s landscape and rich history. We booked our tour through our TUI rep, and truly loved it. There really is so much to see and do, and here are my top 5…
Boat trip around the Island
Without a doubt you absolutely have to do a boat trip around the Island of Capri, or better still hire one of your own and take some time exploring the coves and grottos around the island. We took a trip that was about an hour long and it was one of the highlights of my day there.
You leave at the island’s port Marina Grande and pass the famous Faraglioni rock formations, round Punta Carena with its picturesque lighthouse, and get to see some houses of the rich and famous. Oh, how the other half live! We also stopped at the Blue Grotto – a sparkling cavern created by underwater reflections. People were queuing on little rowing boats to get inside, and to enter the grotto you must lie down in your boat and slip under the tiny cave opening, getting that timing just right with the waves or else the boat cannot get through. It’s a pretty magical experience, but you do have to queue about two hours to get into the Blue Grotto which sadly we did not have time for.
Nevertheless, the boat trip was pretty epic and I think my favourite thing about travel is seeing all these new things that I may not have if I didn’t book that plane ticket.
Take the Mamma Mia road up to Anacapri
A lot of the island is pedestrianised, which is pretty great considering you spend a lot of your time in Sorrento trying to avoid the crazy moped drivers, but there is a mini bus service which takes you along the Mamma Mia road from the Port Marina Grande and the town of Capri, to the higher town of Anacapri situated just at the base of Monte Solaro. The road winds its way up the hillside and is not for the faint hearted, but still a pretty awesome experience and the views are amazing too!
Chairlift in Anacapri
The most incredible views of the island, however, can be found at the top of Monte Solaro and are accessible via a chairlift which sees you flying up the mountain, above beautiful gardens and with stunning panoramic views. It costs 12 euros each, which is a little expensive, and leaves from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri, but at the top of Mount Solaro you will find little gardens, a tasty coffee shop, and places in which to look around and get some pretty awesome photographs. It’s so typical that it was cloudy when we got up there, but it did mean it wasn’t so hot for our day of exploring.
Do some shopping
Capri is filled with shops, from the cute little artisan shops and buildings with their tumbledown rustic vibe pictured above, to fashion boutiques owned by designers like Chanel and D&G. There are limoncello shops galore, “scent-sational” (see what I did there?) perfumeries, and delicious little eateries, so there really is something for everyone. We didn’t do all that much shopping as we enjoyed wandering around, but if this is your vibe then it’s the place to be.
Visit the Augustus Gardens
Probably one of my favourite places on the island, if you wander your way down the cobbled alleyways from Capri’s main piazza, you will find these beautiful gardens boasting the most impressive views. It is a lovely place in which to take a break from the hectic busy streets of Capri, which are buzzing with tourists and electric buggies that transport goods around the island. It is calm and peaceful and you can get a really good look at some of Capri’s most iconic spots, such as the Faraglioni.
Capri is wonderful. I only wish that we’d had more time there to properly look around, as we filled our day to the brim with different activities. It’s a really gorgeous place and there is something for everyone, whether you want to shop, sightsee, or relax.
Have you visited?
Lots of love. xoxo