Many European coastlines claim to be the most beautiful on the continent. One of them is Costiera Amalfitana, Amalfi Coast. It stretches across Italy in the southern part of the Sorrento peninsula. The main coastal town is the resort of the same name.
According to legend, Amalfi was so named by Hercules in honor of his great love. A beautiful nymph died under mysterious circumstances and the desperate hero traveled the whole world to find a worthy burial place for his beloved. And he found them in a wide chasm in the Campania region, in the coastal rocks.
Today, Amalfi is a small town with numerous monuments, the most important of which is the magnificent cathedral of St. Andrew , was established at the beginning of the 11th century. Impressive, much younger stairs lead to it, and the atrium of the temple offers the most beautiful view of the entire city. The Paper Museum with its rich exhibitions is also interesting. In the past, the inhabitants of the region were famous for hand-making paper, and were also one of the first sailors to use a compass.
Swaying in the waves
The resort is the largest and at the same time the most interesting city on the coast. It delights visitors with its intimate atmosphere, picturesque alleys and the charm of whitewashed courtyards. It tempts guests from different countries with a mild climate, ideal for relaxation.
One of its advantages is the wide beaches with golden, powdery sand and the beauty of the underwater world - the local rocks and grottos hidden under the surface of crystal clear waters attract hundreds of diving enthusiasts. The main attraction for them is Smeraldo , the Emerald Grotto. Inside, we use a boat that looks a bit like good rafting rafts known for rafting on the Dunajec. The tour takes place only with a guide and takes about a quarter of an hour. Smeraldo is a smaller competitor of the Blue Grotto from Capri - more intimate, without queues and with a cheaper admission ticket.
While relaxing in a boat in the waters of Amalfi, it is worth stopping your eyes at Valone di Furore , a ravine connected by a high bridge from which daredevils, hungry for an injection of adrenaline, jump head straight into the water.
Amalfi is not the only coastal town worth visiting during your vacation. In Ravello, there is the Coral Museum , which houses original exhibits made of coral skeletons. The most valuable of them date back to the 3rd century AD. Another resort, Vietri, houses the Museum of Ceramics, with equally interesting collections.
In addition to the traces of the past, the coast attracts other attractions, including delicious local cuisine. The region is famous for the tastiest lemons in the Mediterranean. They are used to make delicious liqueur , lemonades and sweets. By the way, it is worth mentioning that the best ice cream you can buy on the market. The hand-made gliatelli, cocce and cannarocinita pastas are also famous for their taste.
Where to stay
And what place to choose for the night? A good idea is Campeggio Beata Solitudo , located about 2 km west of Amalfi. For a parking space for a motorhome and a stay of 2 people, we will pay from 15 to 16.5 euro per night. Access to electricity costs 2 euros.
A visit to this charming coast is a great option for lovers of a peaceful vacation. Close proximity to Pompeii, Capri, Positano or Sorrento is a big advantage of Amalfi as an ideal starting point for further excursions. And nowhere else will we try such a delicious lemon liqueur or pasta.
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