It is almost impossible to take a trip to Capri Island without seeing the Marina Grande, a historic port fortified by the ancient Romans. The modern Marina Grande is home to the tourist information office and Capri Island’s largest public beach, and it also serves as the arrival point for ferries coming from the mainland. Private and commercial ships use Marina Grande as the main port for docking as well as for hosting tours, making Marina Grande the bustling heart of island life.
To appreciate all that Marina Grande has to offer, stay next to Marina Grande in a luxury resort, where an expert concierge will be on hand to handle all of your bookings in and around the area. Watch the boats bob in the water from your balcony window and have hotel staff book you a private boat tour of island leaving from Marina Grande.
If you’re on a tighter budget, stay at a shared guesthouse in Capri to keep the costs down, while still being close to the flurry of activity in Marina Grande.
Surrounding Marina Grande are rows of traditional Capri houses, colourfully set on steep slopes and characterised by balconies and terraces overlooking the port. In the distance, high above the beach, Mediterranean plants crawl their way across the houses and up to the rocky peaks towering over Capri. This is the view that greets you to the island every day, but getting out for a leisurely stroll will help you to fully absorb this picturesque scene.
No matter where you are staying in Capri, you will likely find yourself crossing through the Marina Grande at some point. Local buses and the bus to neighbouring town, Anacapri, depart from the Marina Grande frequently, and a funicular connects Marina Grande to the famously picturesque Piazzetta square. Take a ferry from Marina Grande to the Italian mainland or embark on a guided boat tour around the Capri coast before returning to your hotel near Marina Grande.