Amalfi Coast multi activity vacations

Being a lemon grower must be hard, you think, as you pass a man carrying what looks like his weight in fruit. You’ve both got a steep path to negotiate: past the drystone walls of lemon groves and out into the hot sunlight. He’s walking down, but you are going up. Ahead, the steep cliffs rise ever upwards, herbs growing wild between the cracks, and stone pines leaning out from long-held vantage points over the blue Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Amalfi Coast has giddy heights, hidden grotto depths, and lots of open sea to discover – so don’t just stick to one activity on your break.
Lemon farming doesn’t quite make it onto an Amalfi Coast multi activity vacation, but limoncello tasting certainly does. The liqueur is made by macerating the zest of the Sfusato d'Amalfi lemons, which grow sweet and sizable in the sun. You’ll also find hiking, boating and kayaking all waiting for you on this coast-with-the-most.

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Amalfi Coast hike, boat & kayak vacation

Amalfi Coast hike, boat & kayak vacation

From Naples to Amalfi, explore Italy's spectacular coastline

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What do Amalfi Coast multi activity vacations entail?

Most Amalfi Coast multi activity vacations run for around a week, and are with a small group with a maximum of 12 participants. This means you’ll have people with whom to share your limoncello-tasting notes, and a companion in your kayak. These trips tend to attract like-minded people, and you’ll bond quickly over the thrill of a view after a steep walk, or the wonder of perfectly preserved Pompeii.

You’ll get around using a mix of public transport and private minibus, as well as by boat, kayak and on foot, of course.

Hiking

Most multi activity trips on the Amalfi coast center on hiking – it's simply too steep and rocky to go any way except on foot. The towns on the coast, which rise vertically up the cliffs, seem to be built on a foundation of stairways, and when you rise above them you find the ‘Path of the Gods’, an unmissable trail along the very top off the cliffs, from which you can see the whole coast. There are other, shadier walks through valleys. This time, it isn’t lemon farmers, but the coast’s old paper industry you’ll see, as you follow tumbling streams that used to power the old paper mills in the Valle dei Mulini. Walk durations run between three and six hours.

Boating

Going on a breezy boat trip from Amalfi to Capri allows you to zoom out and see the rest of the area in all its glory. Capri, the most famous island in the area, is well known for its network of sea grottos – including the famous Blue Grotto – and for its jet-set fashion.
After a lot of walking and sightseeing, sinking into a kayak, and simply slipping away from the coast in low-lying solitude is bliss. The coast is perhaps best seen from a short distance away, at sea level, where you can see the private villas, the ruins of lookout towers, and the sea caves that aren’t visible from the land. A short sea kayaking trip adds another dimension to your vacation.

Sights

No trip here would be complete without taking on the area’s crowning glory – Mount Vesuvius rises over a thousand metres above the Bay of Naples, several hundred metres higher than even the ‘Path of the Gods’. You can now walk around the rim of its crater with a certified volcanologist – a feat that wouldn’t have been advisable two thousand years ago, when the volcano famously erupted and destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii is vital viewing today, because of its impressively preserved Roman homes, the best of which might be the evocatively named Villa of Mysteries, which has frescoes that look freshly painted, and provides a rare window into domestic Roman life.

Where will I stay?

You’ll be bouncing around all over the coast on a vacation like this – so expect to spend a night in Naples, before heading to hotels in Agerola – a great base for visiting Pompeii – and then spending the rest of the trip based in Amalfi. The town, and unofficial capital of the coast, is a good base from which to reach the island of Capri by boat. Its shores are also a great jumping off point for keen kayakers.

Best time to go

Outdoorsy activity vacations on the Amalfi Coast run from mid-April to the start of October. The summer months, and particularly July and August, are the busiest, particularly in the Amalfi Coast towns themselves. They’re also the hottest time to visit. By September, the sea is still warm and the crowds are gone, whilst in early spring, you’ll see the start of the lemon harvest, and the first blooms of wildflowers.
Written by Eloise Barker
Photo credits: [Page banner: Alessio Roversi] [Groves: Nick Amoscato] [Boating: Tanja Botoaga] [Walk of the Gods: Admitter]
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