5 helpful things to know before going to Positano
I officially ticked Positano off my bucket list last year after lusting over it on Instagram and Pinterest for years. Despite my many hours of wishing I was there, I was a little unprepared and naive about the way of the (very hilly) land of Positano. So, here are some tips so you “know the ropes” before you arrive.
1.Reservations are vital
I like adopting the attitude of “go where the wind or wine takes me” on holiday, but it's important to book ahead everywhere you go in Positano. The hills where the town is nestled are part of its charm but it makes getting around hard. The last thing you want is to walk for an hour to a beach to find there is no beds left, no spots for lunch or no way to get home. Book ahead, even if it only a few hours ahead of time. In most cases you can transfers to wherever you have booked for free.
2. Australian invasion.
Word of mouth is a powerful thing and the word has officially spread like wildfire around Australia about how amazing Positano is. The locals joke that during summer it becomes “Ozzitano”. So, if you’re hoping to get away from tourists and immerse yourself into italian culture, you’re heading to the wrong place.
3. Hot rocks
The beaches in Positano are mostly made up of black sand and pebbles, although these are aesthetically pleasing (cue 10000 smug Instagram updates), they burn like a mother fucker and make for a very ungraceful entry to the water from your spot on a crowded beach. Pack rubber thongs to wear into the water. I’d probably even wear a pair of Crocs if I had to…. that is how hot they are!
4. Boating is a must
Positano is picture perfect from every angle, but there is no better place to enjoy it and admit it than from the water. Another benefit of adventuring by boat is to you can see and visit lots of other towns of the Amalfi coast including Piraino and Amalfi. There are plenty of options from the big and touristy to the small and private, just make sure you go on one of them!
If you don’t like walking or stairs, again I would reconsider going to Positano. Although you can get a boat or car to lots of places, most of the town and its little alleys are only accessible by foot which is of course part of its charm. Although ascending many hills in 36 degrees truly sucked, it made my pizza, pasta and twice-a-day gelato habit a (mostly) guilt free experience.