Summer holiday are almost here and Capri is still a super coveted destination for those who are looking for a fantastic sea, glimpses of unspoiled nature and that hint of Mediterrean that makes this island unique. Here is our guide for those who have a day or even just a few hours.
There are many things to do and see in Capri. The first thing we did upon arrival was check for tours around the island. We checked at a small booth at the jetty and yes, they offered island tours with or without the option to visit the famous Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra). We chose the island tour that included the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra).
The Blue Grotto, Capri
The boat tour was lovely. We got to see the impressive limestone cliffs up close – the cliffs were littered with caves, crevices and massive arches. The highlight of the tour was without doubt the Blue Grotto. The ethereal blue colour of the water in the cave was absolutely unforgettable.
Back in Marina Grande, we made our way up to the town of Capri. The two are connected by a funicular railway – the easiest and quickest way up – and there are also buses and taxis. The sporty visitors can opt to walk the steep 2.2 kilometer path to the top. I didn’t even think about it for a second….not in the hot summer heat.
Piazza Umberto I, Capri
We went on a leisurely stroll around the quaint narrow lanes of Capri that lead in all directions from the main square, Piazza Umberto I. It quickly became clear to me that Capri is an island for the well-heeled. Every big name in fashion is represented in the little streets while restaurants have pictures hanging at their doors of glamorous people dining there. My first instinct was to sniff out a great eatery that was reasonably-priced.
Capri’s designer boutiques
Capri is a lovely place to just wander around for the afternoon and explore the many lanes with their beautiful fashion, art and handicraft shops. There are also various places that are absolutely worth a visit, such as Villa Jovis, the former home of Emperor Tiberius, or the Gardens of Augustus. One can also opt to visit Capri’s second town, Anacapri. Anacapri is home to the splendid St. Michael’s Church and the ruins of Barbarossa Castle, as well as the chairlift which takes visitors up to Monte Solaro, Capri’s highest peak, for some magnificent views.
Capri makes for a wonderful day trip from Naples, Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast. At the end of the day, chances are, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning sunset as you sit on the boat back to the mainland.