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The Amalfi Coast is a naturally beautiful region south of Naples. Expect to see pretty pastel-painted villages built into the dramatic coastline, tiny churches perched on hilltops and lush lemon groves and vineyards.
A drive along the 30-mile (50km) coast road from Sorrento to Amalfi is a great way to get a feel for the area, which is often packed with tourists during the summer months. The bends can be hair-raising, but with every turn comes another spectacular view.
The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s best destinations for walkers with hiking trails to suit all abilities. The most famous is the Path of the Gods (Sentiero Degli Dei), which tracks the coast over wild clifftops. The trail takes around four hours to complete and offers incredible views across to the island of Capri.
While the beaches of the Amalfi Coast are often pebbly, they offer plenty of atmosphere and crystal-clear water. You’ll often need to climb down - and then up - numerous steps to reach them but among the best beaches is Positano, where the umbrella-lined Spiaggia Grande is perfect for people-watching.
If you’re looking for somewhere quieter, take a boat trips from Positano to one of the nearby coves, accessible only by water. One of the few sandy beaches on the Amalfi Coast can be found at Maiori, which is more than half a mile (0.6km) long.
Hotels on the Amalfi Coast are often family run and range from simple B&Bs to luxury boutique properties. Almost all have stunning views as well as pools and restaurants built into their cliffside terraces.
If you’re keen to stay close to bars and restaurants, take a look at the hotels in Positano. This bustling waterfront town is one of the largest on the Amalfi Coast and is known for its nightlife - in particular, a popular beachfront disco.
For somewhere that’s still vibrant but a little more laid-back, try Amalfi. It’s packed with sunny piazzas where you can relax with a drink and a book and is less steep, therefore easier to navigate than many of its hilly neighbours.
To really get away from it all, look at hotels in Ravello. This tiny village lies slightly inland and has all the views without the crowds. The upmarket Villa Cimbrone has a beautiful garden, as well as a pool and fitness centre. You’ll also find a great choice of hotels near Villa Rufolo, a 13th-century mansion with far-reaching views from its gardens.
The Amalfi Coast is known as an exclusive destination and if you’re looking to splash out, you’ll certainly find plenty of luxurious hotel options. But if you’re on a budget, don’t assume you’ll be priced out of visiting.
Expect to pay anywhere between £100 and £300 per night for a double room on the Amalfi Coast, with prices tending to be higher during the peak season. Cheaper accommodation can be found away from the main coastal resorts, especially during the off-peak months, and you can still expect to find stunning views and attractive rooms. If you want to splurge on accommodation, however, you’ll have the pick of five-star hotels, complete with spas and fine dining restaurants.
In the towns and villages, the easiest way to get around is usually on foot but to explore the coastline, driving is the easiest option. Be aware that the narrow, winding roads can be challenging for inexperienced drivers, however.
Public buses also run frequently along the Amalfi Coast and are generally cheap, but you can also organise private tours. As you'd expect, this will usually give you more flexibility in what you see, where you go and when – though, of course, you should expect to pay significantly more than relatively inexpensive public transport. Taxis are available but tend to be pricey.
If you’re looking to stay in a slightly larger resort with a similar feel to the Amalfi Coast, take a look at our hotels in Sorrento. But if relaxed island vibes are more your thing, check out hotels in Capri which makes for an easy overnight trip.