Positano Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Positano, Campania, Italy)

Picture of the town's outstanding beachfrontThe main reason that so many tourists come to Positano each summer is without doubt for the town's beautiful pebbly beachfront and related water sports attractions. Whatever the time of year, the coastline around Positano is a joy, although the main tourist attractions are at their very best during the summer months, when the bougainvillea is in full bloom, including boat trips and cruises, windsurfing and a number of harbour front cafes.

For superb coastal vistas across Positano and its many attractions, without the need for too much exertion, tourists should consider taking a stroll along the Via Positanesi d'America, a cliffside pathway linking both the Spiaggia del Fornillo and the Spiaggia Grande beaches. When you reach your destination, you will be able to relax and enjoy a refreshing chilled drink on the beachfront terrace.

Further beachfront photograph

Beaches and Water Sports

There are two main beaches in Positano, the Spiaggia del Fornillo and the Spiaggia Grande, each of which has something quite different to offer visitors in the way of beachfront attractions. The Spiaggia del Fornillo is the smaller of these two beaches and tends to be more secluded. Diving enthusiasts will find that the Centro Sub Costiera Amalfitana operates a number of diving excursions from the Fornillo. However, the number one beach in Positano is the Spiaggia Grande, which is home to a bustling port and is very much central to the action. Various water sports are available at both the Fornillo and Grande beaches, such as windsurfing, snorkelling and sailing, while many simply prefer to soak up the rays of Italian sun on the smooth pebbles, or enjoy a game of beach volleyball.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Photo of boat trip along the Amalfi Coast

Speedboats / Ferries / Boat Trips along the Amalfi Coast

Various boat trips along the Amalfi Coast are available and this is always an extremely popular way to sightsee, whether you are on a ferry and heading to the many attractions on the Isle of Capri, or simply renting a rowing boat or small motorboat on the Spiaggia Grande beachfront. If money is no object, you can even hire your own speedboat, complete with 'capitana', who will be happy to take you on a very memorable trip around the outlying islands.
Open hours: seasonal variations
Admission: charge

Aerial view of the Bay of Salerno

Bay of Salerno

Address: Bay of Salerno, Positano, Italy, IT
Those looking for a scenic drive should take a trip along the Amalfi Drive and pay a visit to the Bay of Salerno. Along the way you will find some gorgeous limestone cliffs and the steep, winding roads afford some truly awesome panoramic views. Be sure to drive carefully, watch out for sharp bends and note that local buses always have the right of way.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

View of the Amalfi Coast

Hiking Trails along the Amalfi Coast

People who visit Positano often spend less time on the actual beaches hiring chairs and umbrellas, but more time exploring the coastal region and all of its many appealing attractions. Many hiking trails are available along the Amalfi Coast and although they are often a little challenging, the views are more than worth the effort. Keen walkers should consider setting side an entire day to walk along the 'Path of the Gods' (Sentiero degli Dei), a steep trail which connects Positano with the neighbouring towns of Praiano and Conca dei Marini, where the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Green Grotto / Emerald Grotto) is a must-see.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free