When looking at a place to stay in Italy and having decided that we wanted to stay on the Amalfi coast we found that there were many great walking trails.
Now we are not experienced hikers by any means but through our travels we have found that a good sense of direction, some research and local knowledge prevails. That as well as some decent walking shoes and plenty of water is a must.
On our first evening at our superb accommodation we talked to our hosts Rosa and Dominique about the local walks available. They were very accommodating and had many maps (hand held and large ones on the walls) to aid people like us who wanted to do a bit of hiking. They went through the various routes and time scales both that evening and again in the morning at breakfast before we set off.
We decided to start small and build up to one of the more challenging hikes in a few days time.
Our first walk was a real eye opener into how stunning the Amalfi coastline really is. It really was like nothing we had experienced before with the Mediterranean mountains covered in sub- tropical greenery and rich produce, with small shanty farms poking out from behind wisps of cloud all rolling down to the inviting ocean.
Our first destination was to be Praiano which was listed as a 30-40 minute walk from our place of stay. One piece of advice, the walks always take longer than anticipated. First of all you are finding your way so a bit of direction orientation will take place, secondly if you are like us you will be taking photos, lots of photos and you will be taking in all the scenery and wildlife.
The path is generally pretty well sign posted, you just need to look out for coloured arrows on rocks on occasions to ensure you are heading in the right direction.
After about an hour (which included lots of photo taking) we entered the outskirts of Praiano. Praiano is a small village and at this point we only saw a few small shops and the town square, later in the week we discovered more shops and restaurants further down. As we arrived in the main square which was pretty but sparse, a bus arrived. This was heading to Positano so we jumped on.
Positano is a more upmarket, bustling town with everything from small delis to well known branded shops. It has a unique charm and I would recommend staying there if you like a busier atmosphere, beach, restaurants and night life. It’s a great place to visit during the day and has a nice beach. It is best viewed in our opinion from the road leading in. We intentionally exited our bus early so we could walk tha last part to soak in the views and take photos.
One thing you will get used to if you are staying out of the towns is that there will be a fair amount of walking, however this is the best part (for us) as you get to discover so much more!
Buses are frequent and people are friendly if you get stuck, we talked to a few people who hitch hiked and met some interesting characters.
Article From: Julia Stiles, founder of TravelToodle Blog.