Visitors Guide

Isle of Capri Travel guide: Part 2

By Ross Williams Contributing Editor

• Chair lift to Capri’s highest peak

If you want to take in the views from the highest peak on the Island, but don’t have the energy to make the trek yourself, you could take advantage of the chairlift that will gently whisk you to the top of Seggiovia del Monte Solaro in around 12 minutes. From the top you will not only get to take in some spectacular views of Capri, but of the Amalfi Coast, Bay of Naples, and the islands of Ischia as well. A single trip on the chair lift cost just €7, but you will probably want to opt for the return ticket which costs €9.

• Take a Hike

There is plenty to explore on the isle of Capri and the best way to do this is on foot. Most of the island can be explored on foot via many connecting hiking trails. This is something that not many people take advantage of, but it can be a great way to discover the natural beauty of the island. Taking the hiking trails is a great way to take a break away from the more popular tourist hotspots within the town. Be sure to dress appropriately with comfortable footwear and clothing, and take plenty of refreshments. These trails may take you some distance from any shops.

Where to Stay in Capri

Capri is not famed for its budget friendliness so if you are planning a trip to the island you should be sure to have a healthy budget. There is some reasonably priced accommodation to be found here though if you are prepared to sacrifice a few high end luxuries. The 1-star rated Hotel Villa Eva is well priced for the budget conscious with prices starting at €39 per night, but it is not very easy to get to so you have to shell out an additional €30 on a taxi when you arrive in Capri. The hotel itself has some fairly comfortable rooms, views of the sea, and a swimming pool.

On the other end of the scale is the 5-star rated Villa Marina Capri Hotel & Spa, which is located on the sea-front close to the Marina Grande. Prices for a room at this hotel will set you back €333 per night and for that you get a host of luxury features thrown in including complimentary buffet breakfast, high speed internet connection, and complimentary shuttle services to various destinations on the island. In addition to that there are a range of amenities on offer such as a gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a spa.

For something in-between, the Hotel Casa Caprile is a good 3-star option. This hotel is close to Mount Solaro and includes a continental breakfast in the room price. These prices start at around €92 per night and most rooms will have a great view of the sea, the gardens, or mountain.

Things to bear in mind

Two great activities to undertake while on the isle of Capri are hiking around the island and swimming in the Grotto. These are both great memorable activities, but a lot of care should be taken if you do decide to do these. As you hike around the island you need to bear in mind that you do this at your own risk and should watch out for things like bees, cacti, and steep slopes.

A swim in a Grotto is certainly a tempting prospect, but this is only for strong swimmers. The waves can get quite strong inside the cave and swimmers often get pushed against the rocks when entering or exiting the caves. It is a good idea to have an experienced guide with you when you go swimming in there, and this should be done after 6pm when the boats stop.

There are various events held on the island throughout the year such as the Festival of San Costanzo on May 14th, and this is likely to determine how busy the island gets. You should check to see if there are any festivals on the date you plan to travel so that you can decide whether or not you want your trip to coincide with it. THE END

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