10 reasons to visit the Amalfi coast in spring
With its towering mountains, quaint villages and crystal clear waters, it’s not surprising that the Amalfi coastline is often called the most beautiful in Europe. The iconic coastal road, which runs for just over 30 miles, takes you past some incredible sights including grand villas, whitewashed fishing villages, never ending lemon groves, lush forests, and secret beaches. You also have the uber-glamorous island of Capri just a boat ride away as well as easy day trips to Naples and Pompeii.
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It’s no wonder that this little stretch of paradise is so popular with tourists, especially in summer. In July and August, the narrow roads are completely clogged with traffic, prices are high and the weather is blisteringly hot.
Come springtime, the hotels are cheaper, the roads are all yours, the sun is warm, and the air is fresh with the scent of flowers. Still need some convincing? Ok, here are 10 more superb reasons to visit the Amalfi coast in spring.
The weather is perfect
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The air is fresh, the sun is out and the temperatures average around the early twenties during April and May. This is perfect for sunbathing, hiking or seeing the sights without your gelato melting quicker than you can say pronto!
It’s better value
Atriani. Image credit: istockphoto.com/bluejayphoto
Visit when the hotels reopen after their winter break – from March onwards – and you’ll be welcomed with off-season rates which are typically a third cheaper than the summer time (a great reason to splash out on the region’s fabulous restaurants and street food instead.) Have a look at accommodation in the quaint villages of Praiano and Atriani with their pretty squares and beautiful views over the sea.
It’s about to get busier
There’s no doubting the Amalfi coast’s current summer popularity. But it’s set to soar as daily flights from London to Naples launch in July 2017, bringing an influx of holiday-makers and travellers to the area. Even more reason to visit earlier in the year.
The crowds are non-existent
Spring and autumn are typically very quiet on the Amalfi coast despite the fantastic warm weather. Take this opportunity to walk around the towns, sunbathe on the beaches or hire a car and explore the extraordinary ‘road of 1000 bends’, winding around the huge cliffs that drop almost straight into the sea. You’ll be rewarded with some amazing views.
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Spring brings a magical burst of colour and fragrance to the Amalfi coast. Bright purple and pink cyclamen flowers, wild roses and bougainvillea grow alongside herbs such as rosemary and thyme, and rows upon rows of olive groves and fragrant lemon trees. Book a walking tour or go for a wander along the hiking trails, immersing yourself in the spring bloom.
See the sights in peace
There’s nothing more frustrating that having to jostle for space to get a view of something you’ve travelled halfway across the world to see. Off season and during quieter months, you can take things at your own pace. Browse the boutique shops and pretty beaches of Positano, visit the Duomo, museums and restaurants in Amalfi town or go inland for the stunning views at Ravello.
Catch the Ravello Festival
Villa Rufolo. Image credit: istockphoto.com/annalovisa
From 27 March, 2017, one of Italy’s oldest and most famous music and arts festivals (the Ravello or ‘Wagner’ festivals as the locals call it) is held in the stunning gardens of Villa Rufolo – the inspiration for Wagner’s opera Parsifal. The Ravello festival has an extensive calendar of exquisite performances so do plan an evening here during your trip.
Be the first to explore the restored Reggia di Casserta
Reopened after two years of renovations, the world’s largest royal residence and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is well worth a visit. You can easily spend a day or more exploring the huge palace with its grand rooms and 300 acre park.
Watch the Capri Regatta, 5 – 13 May
Capri regatta. Image credit: istockphoto.com/MrGLove
Catch a boat to the idyllic Capri to watch the sailing boats race against each other along the beautiful Sorrento coastline. Even if sailing isn’t quite your thing it’s still a spectacular sight and a fun atmosphere for a drink or meal overlooking the water.
Take a day trip
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Visiting Italy out of season allows you to enjoy it in the same light the locals do. Drink espresso in Naples, people watch in Capri, visit the markets of Positano, explore ancient ruins at Pompeii, visit Vesuvius or try the charming island of Ischia. It’s all yours to explore – one day trip at a time.