The Amalfi Coast is Italy’s most picturesque coastline. The towering cliffs and the idyllic seafront villages provide visitors with a truly enchanting view. Would you like to sail on the Amalfi coast? Here you can find some handy tips, like when to set sail and we also help to create a one-week itinerary.
The article includes the followings:
- Weather: the best time to set sail
- Ports on the Amalfi Coast: ports that link gorgeous spots
- Sail on the Amalfi coast! Amalfi coast sailing and catamaran tours:
- A week sailing trip on the Amalfi Coast
- 7 days Amalfi Coast sailing trip from Agropoli
- Sail on the Amalfi Coast – 1 week sailing tour from Salerno
The best time to explore the Amalfi Coast is between April and June. At this period the weather is pleasantly warm and the water temperature of the Mediterranean sea also enable visitors to enjoy the first dips of the season. Would you prefer visiting later? Even such busy months as July and August can be perfect to revive in the beauty of nature uninterrupted. Simply rent a private boat and explore the hidden coves and secluded beaches of the Amalfi coastline.
The Amalfi Coast boasts favourable wind conditions and microclimate. It means that it’s not surprising at all to have the rain pouring down in one second followed by bright sunlight in the next. The average temperature in the summer varies between 26 and 29 °C. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Amalfi Coast.
Port of Salerno
Situated in the Gulf bearing the identical name, Salerno is a city as well as the capital of the Salerno province in the Campania region. Port of Salerno is one of the busiest ports of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It covers a shockingly huge area with a total territory of 1.7 million square metres. The entrance of the port is 280 m wide and the sea depth is 13 m.
The marina counts as one of the newest and most modern ports of Italy. Very well sheltered and equipped, and the staff is exceptionally helpful. Visitors can also try one of the many splendid bars or restaurants. The Marina has a 340,000 square metres water basin with a water depth of 8 m. Marina d’Arechi is suitable to accommodate as many as 1,000 boats and yachts. The length of the latter can be as long as 123 m.
Port of Agropoli
The port is located in the vicinity of Naples and Salerno and has great links. It accommodates mostly private boats and yachts. The port is dotted with some fine bars and restaurants and great hotels. Near the port, along with the docks, there’s a huge parking area which is easily accessible for boaters.
The adventure starts at Sorrento, which is where you return at the end of the journey.
Day 1. Sorrento – Positano
26.33 km (16.36 mi)
The most enchanting settlement of the Amalfi Coast, Positano, is nestled in a glen. The many houses built on the cliffs will stun you with breathtaking views. If you’re a sea lover, give scuba diving a try. Spend the night in the port of the village.
Day 2. Positano – Praiano – Conca dei Marini
5.11 km (3.17 mi) – 3.76 km (2.33 mi)
Praiano is situated in the middle of the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Amalfi. It’s famed for being a hospitable and stylish resort. The water quality is excellent here, for which it has been awarded the Blue Flag. The splendid pebbly beach of Marina di Praia is nestled between two cliffs by Torre a Mare, which is an ancient Saracen tower. If you are visiting Praiano, explore the atmospheric cafes and restaurants in the village where you can try excellent seafood dishes.‘Africana’ is one of the most famous nightclubs of the Amalfi Coast.
Conca dei Marini is located 5 km away from Amalfi town. Its port is located in a small bay. The unique sight of the town’s coastline is the Grotta dello Smeraldo, which means Emerald Cave. The name stems from the emerald colour the sunlight tints the inside of the cave and its water. The 60 m long cove is accessible by boat, by lift or by the staircase carved into the cliff.
Day 3. Conca dei Marini – Amalfi – Maiori
2.83 km (1.76 mi) – 3.83 km (2.38 mi)
Amalfi owing to its profuse natural surroundings and mild climate, it’s a beloved holiday destination. You can find gorgeous beaches in the town and its vicinity, the most famous of which is Marina Grande. If you have a bit more time on your hands, climb the hill towering above the town or use the walking trail that is winding along the Valle dei Mulini.
You can find the longest beach of the Amalfi Coast in Maiori, boasting a length of 1 km. It’s a sandy beach with crystal clear waters thus making it perfect for families with small kids as well. The beach is fringed with superb bars and restaurants. The main street of Maiori, Corso Regina, is only a few minutes away from the coast. It’s definitely worth visiting if you’re mooring here.
Day 4. Maiori – Vietri sul Mare – Salerno
9.71 km (6.03 mi) – 2.58 km (1.60 mi)
On the east end of the 50 km long Amalfi Coastline, Vietri sul Mare is located at the foot of Monte San Liberatore. If you are after some beach time, explore the town’s beloved sandy beach.
Salerno is the capital of the province in the Campania region, lies on the Gulf of the same name. It has two parts: the modern port and the typical Medieval Old Town. If you are a nature-lover, it is an excellent choice. There are fabulous parks, gardens and hiking routes. Are you crazy about water sports? You can try diving, canoeing, surfing or even sailing. Above all, the city is also famous for its beautiful architecture.
Day 5. Salerno – Agropoli
40.83 km (25.37 mi)
Agropoli is located in the Campania region in the County of Salerno. It is the most important town on the beaches of Cilento. There are many restaurants, cafés, and shops in the city.
Choose the beautiful Bay of Trentova! The water is especially clear here, and it’s ideal for swimming from May to September. You can try watersports such as jet ski, surfing, and scuba diving. There are many restaurants, cafés, and shops in the city. If you are looking for a gastronomic experience, try the pizza, the frutti di mare or the local desserts. Order a bottle of the famous Lacryma Christi or Capri Bianco wine, or have a taste of the Nocello liqueur.
Day 6. Agropoli – Acciaroli
28.46 km (17.69 mi)
This peaceful fishing town becomes a special tourist attraction every summer. The quality of the seawater here is so good that it’s been given the Blue Flag and Five Sails awards. The port of Acciaroli is a popular spot among sailors and can accept several boats and luxury yachts. The restaurants and bars offer a wonderful view of the sea. You can spend the night in the port of the city.
Day 7. Acciaroli – Sirens’ Island – Sorrento
96.76 km (60.12 mi)
Before the end of the journey, it’s worth going a bit out of your way to visit the Sirens’ Island. The tiny archipelago is situated between Capri and Positano. It includes the islands of Isca, Vetara, Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia, and La Rotonda. The enchanting island chain is an unforgettable experience to visit. The nearby waters are suitable for swimming and diving. Finally, return to the starting point: Sorrento.
Day 1. Agropoli – Santa Maria di Castellabate
12.16 km (7.55 mi)
A town is an attractive place for tourists, especially in the summer. Santa Maria di Castellabate is located in a wonderful natural environment, and it belongs to the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park. The seawater is very clean; it has been rewarded the Blue Flag Award every year since 2003.
Day 2. Santa Maria di Castellabate – Acciaroli
18.21 km (11.31 mi)
The quality of the seawater here is so good that it’s been given the Blue Flag and Five Sails awards. The port of Acciaroli is a popular spot among sailors and can accept several boats and luxury yachts. The restaurants and bars offer a wonderful view of the sea.
Day 3. Acciaroli – Palinuro
27.00 km (16.77 mi)
Palinuro is a small beach resort. If you anchor here, you can expect a nice environment and a clean sea. They visit the town most frequently in July and August. Apart from these months, there is a calm atmosphere here.
Day 4. Palinuro – Marina di Camerota
12.96 km (8.05 mi)
Our next stop is Marina di Camerota, which has a truly beautiful beach. The sea is amazing, and the beaches are wide and sandy. Its finest part is the Punta degli Infreschi, accessible from the port by boat..
Day 5. Marina di Camerota – Scario
14.08 km (8.75 mi)
On this day we are going to sail north-eastward and anchor in Scario, which is protected by steep cliffs, covered with trees.We can experience the authentic Mediterranean atmosphere here. We arrive at the port among the small church tower, leanders and palm trees.The center of the city is just a a few steps away from here.Scario is a great destination for hiking and bathing.After dropping anchore at the port you should visit Lungomare di Scario and Farod o Scario.
Day 6. Scario – Sapri
11.82 km (7.34 mi)
On the 6th day we are going to continue our journey to the northeast,to Sapri.The main tourist attractions of the town are its natural endowments: crystal clear water, beautiful promenades,small beaches sheltered by rocks. Not far from the coast great Italian restaurants, bars and ice cream shops are waiting for us.
Day 7. Sapri – San Marco di Castellabate – Agropoli
89.21 km (55.43 mi)
San Marco di Castellabate has long, sandy beach is a true gem in Pozzillo, Cilento. It leads to the remains of the old port. The pleasant, clean water and the sea bottom are suitable for scuba diving. Finally, we return to our starting point, Agropoli. Would you like swimming? Choose the beautiful Bay of Trentova! The water is especially clear here, and it’s ideal for swimming from May to September. You can try watersports such as jet ski, surfing, and scuba diving. If you are looking for a gastronomic experience, try the pizza, the frutti di mare or the local desserts. Order a bottle of the famous Lacryma Christi or Capri Bianco wine, or have a taste of the Nocello liqueur.
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After leaving Salerno and visiting all gorgeous towns of the Amalfi Coast you arrive back to your original destination.
Day 1. Salerno – Vietri sul Mare
4.11 km (2.55 mi)
Vietri sul Mare with many settlements of the Amalfi Coast became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Vietri Beach stretches along the Eastern end of the coastline at the feet of the Monte Liberatore. Due to its proximity, people often believe that it is suburban of Salerno. First of all, it is known for its wonderful ceramic. If swimming is your priority, visit its popular sandy beach. And do not miss to check once the buzzing nightlife at the city’s port.
Day 2. Vietri sul Mare – Maiori – Minori
10.79 km (6.70 mi)
The next destination is Maiori, the longest beach of the Amalfi Coast. If you dream about a pleasant recreation time, this 1 km long sandy beach is an ideal solution. There is crystal-clear water; thus, it is a great choice for families with small kids. Excellent restaurants and bars await you with mouth-watering dishes and drinks. Regarding sports, rent a paddle-boat or a jet-ski. During your stay, also take a walk in the main street of Maiori. Its name is Corso Regina, which is only a few-minute walk from the shore. And do not miss to check once the buzzing nightlife at the city’s port.
Minori has situated 3.5 km from Amalfi on the East. Basically, it is one of the oldest towns of the Amalfi Coast where you can visit the ruins of the 1th-century-old Roman villas. Considering culinary experience, it is well-known for its Ricci pasta and paper factories. Do not forget to taste the Italian lemon liqueur, limoncello. Last, but not least, spend the night at the port of Minori.
Day 3. Minori – Amalfi – Conca dei Marini
5.74 km (3.56 mi)
Thanks to its awe-inspiring coastline and pleasantly warm climate it is one of the favourite places of tourists. After dropping your anchor, there are many beaches in and around the city waiting for you. You feel undisturbed in the crowd? Then choose its most well-known beach, the Marina Grande. After swimming there are hiking opportunities along the Valle dei Mulini.
Conca dei Marini has situated 5 km from Amalfi. Its marina lies in a small bay. The most outstanding tourist attraction of the village is Grotta dello Smeraldo, or also called Emerald Cave. It was named after its characteristics green light inside the cave. In order to reach the Grotta on foot, there is a staircase and an elevator, although access by boat is also possible.
Day 4. Conca dei Marini – Sorrento
33.38 km (20.74 mi)
Sorrento is an ideal destination by boat, as you can anchor here in 2 well-equipped ports.Thanks to its great location, it is also an excellent base for exploring nearby places, like Naples, Pompei, and Capri. There is a lot of sights to see, you could find enough programs for 2-3 days. Be sure to visit the Museo Correale di Terranova, Sorrento’s most important museum, and do not miss the Cathedral of Sorrento .Take a walk on Piazza Tasso or in the garden of Villa Comunale.
Day 5. Sorrento – Naples
32.65 km (20.29 mi)
Naples is Italy’s 3rd largest city and the birthplace of pizza. You can see plenty of medieval and roman heritages in the city center, in Centro Storico, as well as the most famous buildings in the city, are here. According to the guidebooks, Cappella Sansevero is the most beautiful attraction in the city, but in Centro Storico, you will find a church on every corner, so after a short walk, you can decide it yourself. Naples is famous for its narrow alleyways: be sure to explore Via San Gregorio Armeno, Spaccanapoli and Via Francesco Caracciolo.
Day 6. Naples – Casamicciola Terme
34.62 km (21.51 mi)
After leaving the hustle and bustle of Naples, Casamicciola Terme will be our next stop. The city, which took the name Terme in 1956(referring to the richness of thermal springs), will be the best destination to relax, after the exhausting days of our sailing trip. The city preserves the ruins of several ancient baths, and you can relax in spas with several medicinal springs. It is definitely worth visiting the Antiche Terme Belliazzi, the city’s most popular spa.
Day 7. Casamicciola Terme – Cetara – Salerno
80.55 km (50.05 mi)
Cetara is also one of Italy’s most important fishing centres Its anchovy and tuna made it quite famous. Its countless first-class restaurants of the cosy fishing village offer unique dishes to try.Let’s get back to Salerno, your original point.
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