We know we are off season, but for tourists who will visit Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast next summer, here are some tips for exploring the most secluded and beautiful beaches in the area:
The Bagni della Regina Giovanna (Queen Joan’s baths) are certainly among the most famous of Sorrento and can be reached via a path starting from Capo di Sorrento. They got their name because according to the legend, the Queen Joan of Anjou met her lovers there and then threw them from the rocks to leave no trace. The beach is a real natural swimming pool, just a few steps from the Roman Villa of Pollio Felice of which remain a few tanks and other structures, and it was also one of the locations chosen for the film by Sophia Loren Scandal in Sorrento.
It’s a small bay surrounded by small white houses the beach of Conca dei Marini, who in the 70s was the goal of VIPs of the international jetset such as Gianni Agnelli, Jackie Onassis and Princess Margaret. After that the beach has been closed for years as a result of a landslide, and reopened only a decade ago, now there are are only some fishing boats to disturb the quiet of the village.
One of the most inaccessible beaches is Marina di Praia, rocky, steep and topped by a medieval tower, standing aside as ancient memory of the past that evokes incursions of Saracens and pirates who forced the inhabitants of the village to take refuge in the hills. Other highlights include the two nearby caves, cave Suppraiano and cave dell’Africana. Hardly accessible and alongside by two Saracen towers as well is the beach of Erchie, about 200 meters long, a destination for surfers and lovers of the food offered by the small restaurants in the area. Equally isolated and difficult to access, through two small paths that start from Nerano is Ieranto Bay, at the tip of the Sorrento peninsula. The name derives from the greek word Ieros, that means sacred. A short distance away, in Punta Campanella, there was the temple of Athena and, according to the legend, the sirens who bewitched Ulysses had their dwelling there.
Perhaps one of the most evocative places of the Coast is the fjord of Furore, where the buildings built by a human hand, such as the magnificent cave church and the staircases, sprout from the rock almost by accident. Furore’s name originates in this case from the fury of the waves, which hit the overhanging rocks.
Just a little more populated than Furore are the villages of Atrani and Cetara. Atrani is the smallest country not only in the coast, but in the whole Italy, and, with just a kilometer of extension, it is among the smallest towns in Europe. Small and intimate, surrounded by small boats and fishing nets, the beach of Atrani is the icing on the cake of a town that looks like a postcard.
Cetara is a town within walking distance of Vietri sul Mare, a small village overlooking the sea, with a hoard of old houses, a tower and a church with a great majolica dome. Cetara is the best destination in the Coast to taste the fish, and the best beach in the area is the beach of Lannio, just before reaching the village. The name derives from the complaints of the monks, who were crying their brethren slain by the Saracens in the Middle Ages.