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This article was shared with us by Jeanette, a travel blogger from Australia. Jeanette now lives in Israel, but is frequently to be found exploring Italy. You can follow her blog here.

You'll find a very useful FAQ about Capri at the end of the article.

Jeanette's Capri...

Last summer, we spent three superb days on Capri Island. We stayed in the more tranquil & scenic part of the island, in the village of Anacapri.

The start of the Sentiero dei Fortini on the Isle of CapriThe start of the Sentiero dei Fortini

On one of our days, we decided to do one of the many walking trails on this magical island. We chose the "Fortini Coastal Walk" or better known as the "Sentiero dei Fortini". 

This trail starts at the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) and ends at the Punta Carena lighthouse.

Of course, you can do the walk in the opposite direction, which is a little easier with more downhill; however, we chose the direction of the blue grotto to the lighthouse as we wanted to end up at the local beach (but more of that later…).

Tip: We had already visited the blue grotto the previous day when we did a boat trip around the island, but I highly recommend visiting the grotto even though it is expensive…

The Fortini Coastal Walk meanders along the western border of the island, and you walk through shaded forests that offer incredible ocean views along the way. It can be fairly challenging in parts as you need to conquer uphills, downhills, and rocky, uneven terrain. 

The first half of the walk is quite shady, but in the last third, you are exposed to the sun, and it is more challenging. The tail end of the trail was the most difficult, as it was a long and exhausting uphill (it was tough!!).

My husband and I are in our mid-fifties and managed this walk with lots of breaks. We are not athletes but moderately fit, so this walk is definitely doable. 

Just make sure you take with you plenty of water, sunhats, good walking shoes, and most importantly, a camera!! 

Also, I highly recommend that you do this walk in the morning before it gets too hot. The walk took us around three hours, but we took plenty of breaks.

Hardly a Soul About

View along the Sentiero dei Fortini

Although this is a well-known trail, we hardly saw other walkers – so we had all these picture-perfect views to ourselves. Can you believe that that is even possible on the island of Capri!!!

Ceramic sign - Isle of Capri

All along the trail, there are gorgeous ceramic signs decorated as open books, explaining the flowers, bushes, and animals of the area. The ceramics on the island and throughout the Amalfi Coast are gorgeous; the Italian souvenir guide has tips on where to buy.

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A Dip in the Seas off Capri

Swimming on the Isle of Capri

It is important to add that there are no swimming options along this trail. For beaches on Capri check out the FAQ section at the end of this article.

The only swimming option is at the lighthouse beach called Lido del Faro. There is a section of the beach where you can hire sun chairs and umbrellas, but we thought that the price was ridiculously expensive.

So we opted for the free area with the locals, lying on rocks (no soft sand here!!!), enjoying the views, the crystal blue waters, and the local Capri Beach ambiance.

This beach was a gem and we spent two hours resting our tired legs and swimming in the ocean.

It should be noted that there are toilets at this beach and a great informal café that serves fabulous drinks and light meals at a very reasonable price.

At the end of our day, we took the local bus back to Anacapri town. 

It was a fantastic day!!

Capri FAQ

Where is the Isle of Capri located?

The Isle of Capri nestles in the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, just off the enchanting coastline of Italy's Campania region.

How do I get to the Isle of Capri?

Arriving at the Isle of Capri is a delightful adventure in itself! You'll embark on a scenic journey via ferry or hydrofoil from various charming ports along the Amalfi Coast or the Bay of Naples. Departing from Naples, Sorrento, Positano, or Amalfi, these vessels whisk you away on a voyage of wonder, treating you to panoramic views of the rugged coastline and sparkling seas. The journey typically lasts between 20 to 50 minutes, depending on your departure point, offering ample time to soak in the beauty of the Mediterranean.

What are the top attractions on the Isle of Capri?

From the ethereal beauty of the Blue Grotto, where the sea dances in hues of sapphire, to the lush splendor of the Gardens of Augustus, every corner of this island paradise beckons exploration. Marvel at the majestic Faraglioni rock formations, wander through the timeless elegance of Villa San Michele, Stay at the Caesar Augustus and ascend to the summit of Monte Solaro for a breathtaking panorama that stretches to the horizon.

What is the Blue Grotto?

The Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, as locals call it, is a mystical sea cave nestled along the rugged coastline of Capri. Venture into its depths aboard a traditional rowboat, and prepare to be awestruck as sunlight pierces through an underwater cavity, casting an enchanting azure glow upon the tranquil waters. It's a mesmerizing spectacle that will leave an indelible imprint on your heart.

Are there beaches on the Isle of Capri?

Indeed, the Isle of Capri boasts an array of exquisite beaches that beckon travelers to bask in the Mediterranean sun and revel in the island's natural splendor. Marina Piccola and Marina Grande offer idyllic stretches of coastline where you can take a dip in the warm, crystal-clear waters. For those seeking a secluded oasis, Faro Beach is ideal, accessible only by boat. It might be a little rocky, but serenity reigns supreme, and the rhythmic lull of the waves soothes the soul.

What is the weather like on the Isle of Capri?

Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, the island basks in mild, sun-drenched winters and blissfully warm summers. Expect temperatures to soar between 25°C and 30°C during the summer months. Even in the cooler winter season, with temperatures averaging around 10°C to 15°C, Capri's allure remains undiminished

Is the Isle of Capri expensive to visit?

The answer is a qualified yes. Capri exudes an air of luxury and sophistication and attracts the rich and famous from across the globe. No Hollywood star can feel they've actually made it unless they have preened about Capri. Despite that, there are ample opportunities to experience its enchanting charms without breaking the bank. From charming guesthouses and B&Bs like the Bella Annacapri to quaint trattorias serving delectable local fare, Capri offers a wealth of affordable options.

What is the local cuisine like on the Isle of Capri?

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary journey like no other as you savor the delectable flavors of Capri's rich gastronomic heritage. Indulge in tantalizing seafood dishes, such as spaghetti alle vongole and insalata di mare, showcasing the freshest catch from the Mediterranean waters.

Delight in local specialties like ravioli capresi and torta caprese, where every bite is a symphony of flavors that celebrates the island's vibrant culinary tradition. And be sure to raise a glass of limoncello, crafted from the island's renowned lemons, to toast to the joys of la dolce vita!

Can I visit the Isle of Capri as a day trip?

While a day trip to Capri offers a tantalizing glimpse into the island's beauty and charm, I implore you to linger a while longer and savor the delights that await around every corner. With its myriad treasures waiting to be discovered, from hidden coves to ancient ruins, Capri beckons you to immerse yourself fully in its timeless allure.

What to Pack for Capri

  1. Light and breezy clothing: Capri's Mediterranean climate calls for attire that keeps you cool and comfortable under the warm sun. Lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen are best.
  2. Comfortable footwear: Whether you're strolling along the cobblestone streets of Capri Town or embarking on a hike along the island's rugged trails, comfortable footwear is a must. Opt for sturdy walking shoes or sandals with good support to ensure you can navigate Capri's terrain with ease and style.
  3. Sun protection: Pack sunscreen with a high SPF rating to shield your skin from the sun's rays, along with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for added protection and style.
  4. Swimwear and beach essentials: Don't forget your favorite swimsuit and beach attire for soaking up the sun and splashing in the crystalline waters of Capri's picturesque beaches. Remember to bring a beach towel, and a beach bag like one of these gorgeous ones.
  5. Camera or smartphone: Capri's breathtaking vistas and scenic panoramas beg to be captured, so take along a camera or smartphone to document your adventures and create lasting memories of your time on the island.
  6. Daypack or tote bag: A lightweight daypack or tote bag is essential for carrying your things about as you explore Capri's charming towns, beaches, scenic trails, and hidden gems.
  7. Evening attire: Capri's vibrant nightlife and chic dining scene offer plenty of opportunities to dress up and enjoy a night on the town. Pack a few stylish outfits for evenings out, whether you're dining at a seaside trattoria or sipping cocktails at a trendy bar overlooking the Mediterranean.

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