Best time to visit the Amalfi Coast

Best time to visit the Amalfi coast


TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL

Most walkers favour spring or autumn, as the summer gets too packed and hot. However, the elevated hiking trails are always cooler. Trails brim with wild orchids in spring, with pleasant 16°C in March to 24°C in May. However, evenings are cool and it can be rainy. Easter week is busy with religious festivals but the streets are almost empty Oct-Nov, and mild at 17-20°C. With daily highs of 13°C in winter, you can always get out and about – though many services shut after October.

Things to do on the Amalfi Coast


WHAT TO DO, & WHAT NOT TO

Things to do on the Amalfi Coast


  • Many come here for the speedy boats and cars but, really, walking is best way to go. The Amalfi Coast is so heart wrenchingly beautiful, from cliffs and coves to ancient culture, doing it speedily is a sure fire way to miss all the best bits. Walking through ancient lemon groves and vineyards or along the Path of the Gods, where you will indeed feel as if you have died and gone to heaven, takes you into the real Amalfi. Where farmers tend terraced holdings, fishermen carry catches up hundreds of ancient stone steps, and shepherds still tend their sheep. Or the Valle delle Ferriere NP with ancient woodlands and refreshing waterfalls in the hills overlooking Amalfi town.
  • Don’t miss out on all the ancient culture along the Amalfi coast, from the emperors’ villas on Capri, the Greek temple in Paestum and, of course, Pompeii and Herculaneum. And contemporary culture is best savoured through the region’s famous cuisine. Eating here is done alla campagna, or Campania style – the main region of the Amalfi Coast, with Naples also bringing a strong influence. Everything is based on its fine local produce, tomatoes, herbs, lemons and more lemons.

Things not to do on the Amalfi Coast


  • Driving here in summer is madness, as the roads are crammed with coaches and chicane loving convertibles. Every town has an escape route by foot. Within five minutes you are out of packed, posey piazzas, and out onto herb and lemon scented hills with views that stretch way beyond the car parks.
  • The same goes for Capri with day trippers coming in by the ferry load. Get the dawn sailing instead, catch the sunrise over the mountains and your espresso and sfogliatella breakfast in peace. Give Capri’s Grotta Azzurra a miss too – a stunning sea cave that you can access by rowing boat through a tiny tidal gap in the rock. However, the queues are long and it costs a lot for a quick row around a pretty cave. Go swim in a secret cove on the western side of the island instead.
  • Amalfi is also packed with churches and cathedrals, and still has a strong population of practising Catholics, so remember to cover your shoulders and respect the tranquility of sacred places on your travels.
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Amalfi Coast travel advice


TIPS FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE AMALFI COAST

Emily Chrystie, tour leader with our supplier Exodus: “There’s so much food that you can pick while you’re walking. Wild strawberries in the woods, chestnuts that you can just fill your pockets up with – then somebody will roast them for you in the evening. Walnuts fall off the trees all the time and we’re given a lot of lemons. Prickly pears as well that you can pick while you’re walking, or wild mushrooms which are very seasonal. If we pick mushrooms there’s a really nice chap in the village who we can take them to and he’ll cook them up for us”.
Melanie McAnaw from our supplier Headwater: “Parking comes at an absolute premium in most of these picturesque towns and villages on the Amalfi Coast. With a public transport system that is both regular and efficient, it’s much better to leave your car at home and use the local bus, ferry and Circumvesuviana rail service to bob about the area”
June Zaft from our Amalfi walking holidays supplier, Country Walks: “A favourite spot which is unknown to most travellers is the little fishing village of Atrani, Amalfi's little sister. You can reach it on a half hour walk from the centre of Amalfi through a series of twisting medieval tunnels and stone steps. Also, to fully enjoy the unmissable ancient sites of Pompeii or Herculaneum, go with a private tour and guide. Coach excursions stop at numerous hotels, factories etc. Arrive as soon as the sites open at 9am.”

Amalfi Coast travel advice


TIPS FROM OUR TRAVELLERS

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travellers are often... other travellers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Amalfi Coast travel advice that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your holiday.



“The combination of mountains and coast means that you can experience every sort of weather in one day. So apply sun cream first thing, dress in layers, and have an umbrella or pakamac in your pocket. When walking in the hills or up Vesuvius, think skiing – if you let anything slip it could quickly be lost forever, so I had my glasses on a chain and used the wrist strap on my camera, etc. And keep 50c coins handy for automated public toilets!” - Juliet Dunn

“Be prepared for hundreds of steps but well worth the climb up and down as every view is stunning - he views from the last two walks were spectacular - Valle delle Ferriere and Sentiero degli Dei” – Hannah Wilson.

“Go early or late in the season (we went in early May) as I imagine it gets rather too hot to walk comfortably in high summer. Take an early bus to Ravello and you will be rewarded with glorious peace and quiet before the crowds arrive. Read the walking directions thoroughly and take up the recommended restaurants en route. You really will not regret it” - Anne Hazzard
Photo credits: [Temp chart: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo] [Emily Chrystie quote: Homini:)] [June Zaft quote: eugene_o] [Terry Manon review: Chase Lindberg] [Jane Murdoch review: Michael Costa] [Mount Vesuvius: LaurPhil]
Written by Catherine Mack
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