“Capri on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is my ultimate holiday destination.” - Vidal Sassoon
Italy is home to many beautiful destinations. It has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world and thanks to extensive coastlines on the Mediterranean Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Ionian Sea, the Ligurian Sea, and the Adriatic Sea, its territory also includes many beautiful islands!
While Sardinia and Sicily are two of Italy’s biggest islands, there’s another whose reputation is far bigger than its physical size: Capri. It’s one of the islands in the Campanian Archipelago, which includes 6 equally beautiful islands.
So how can you visit the Island of Capri? How do you get there and when should you go? What do you need to know before you go?
Here’s our advice on how to have a unique experience in Capri.
For many, Capri will be their first real love. Everyone who leaves the island will be sad to go because even though it’s only 10km2, it’s one of the most alluring places in the world.
It’s an island for romance. You’ll find romantic hotels like Punta Tragara and Luxury Villa Excelsior Parco. The Villa Tenerezza is also a good choice for those wanting to discover Capri and a good base.
It’s recommended that you either go with a charming hotel or a holiday rent to get as close to the local culture as possible. It’s also quite affordable; you can pay anywhere between £20 and £100 per night for accommodation.
It’s recommended that you spend at least 5 days in Capri.
Capri’s in a great location, too; next to the Amalfi Coast and Naples, you can get to the mainland and historic sites like Pompeii quite easily. That said, the island itself is home to breathtaking landscapes and activities for everyone: jet-skiing, boat trips, parasailing, etc.
Capri has a good climate year-round and with all its seaside destinations, it’s seen tourism increase 25% in just 5 years.
If there’s one thing you know about Capri, it might be its famous Caprese salad.
Getting to the Island of Capri
The first thing that you should know about getting to Capri is that there’s no international airport and the closest airport is in Naples, which has regular flights from the UK. While this may sound like a faff, anyone who’s been before will tell you that it’s worth it.
There are direct flights to Naples from Exeter, London, Manchester, and Bristol. Generally, flights take around 5 hours.
If you fly to Rome, you can get to Naples via train or plane for around £30.
From Naples, you’ll need to get to the city centre with ALIBUS, then head to the port to get your ferry to Capri. If you’re staying on the island during your stay, you’ll probably expect to spend between 3 and 5 hours getting to your final destination from the airport.
If you’re in a rush, you might want to get a taxi but make sure that you negotiate the price first!
Once you’re in Naples, look for the following ferry companies since ferries are the only way to get there:
- NLG - Navigazione Libera del Golfo
- Capitan Morgan
It can cost between £5 and £25 to get a ferry to Capri with one of these companies. There are also fees for baggage and cars.
In addition to Capri, there are also places like Sorrento and Positano that you can visit on the Amalfi Coast.
Check out DirectFerries to find out more about timetables and prices.
But how do you travel around once you’re there?
Given that the island is rather small (you could walk across it in 2 and a half hours), you can cycle, take the bus, taxi, drive, or, as we just mentioned, walk. The bus lines connect the towns and the main attractions and cost around £2 a journey.
So what should you see while you’re in Capri?
What Are the Essential Sights in Capri?
As we said before, Capri is home to plenty of natural wonders. The most famous one is probably the Blue Grotto, known locally as the Grotta Azzura. As you’ll see, it’s not just a name. You can get to the grotto via a jetty but the wait can be up to an hour in the busier months.
It costs around £15 per person to visit the grotto, including access by rowboat.
One of the other unmissable sites on the island is Anacapri, a town in the northwest. You can get there on the blue line and it’s just 15-20 by foot from the Blue Grotto. Anacapri is also popular for its charming ambience and its beautiful little Baroque church. It’s the perfect place to be by the sea.
If you want some fresh air, head to the top of Monte Solaro, at an elevation of 589m, which is also the highest point in Capri. There are some incredible views for you to enjoy after a few hours of walking. If you like a challenge, you might want to consider some of these hiking routes in Capri:
- Via Krupp, which takes you through the Gardens of Augustus.
- The Arco Naturale route, which offers a view over the Sorrente peninsula.
- The Migliera Path, a quiet and beautiful route.
If you’re not the sporty type, there are always the beaches!
Capri is also famous for all its beautiful beaches. The most popular and most beautiful are the following:
- Marina Grande, which remains a local secret.
- Punta Carena, by Anacapri.
- Faraglioni, a group of beaches surrounded by rocky crags.
Now that you know a bit about what there is to see, let’s talk about how much it costs.
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The Cost of Enjoying Capri
We’re not going to lie, Capri has a bit of a jet setter vibe, meaning that the island isn’t ideal for those on a budget. If you’re staying for a couple of days, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re there for a week, you’ll soon see your wallet emptying. Here are some example costs:
- Hotels: between £20 and £250 a night.
- Flights: between £90 and £250 per person.
- Daily transport: between £2 and £45 per person.
- Food: between £15 and £30 per person per meal.
- Activities: between £10 and £40 per person per day.
- Other costs (car rental, souvenirs, etc.): between £30 and £100 per person.
This all adds up to around £900 for a single person visiting Capri for 5 days.
The first thing you need to do is choose the right dates to visit Capri so that you can save money on flights. Use flight comparison websites like Skyscanner to find the best dates. This is particularly good if you’re flexible. Think about what kind of trip you’re going on. A relaxing holiday can sometimes be more costly than one where you’re constantly running around. Staying in different hotels can save you a pretty penny.
It’s easy to reduce your food budget by opting for the dish of the day. After all, Capri is part of Italy and food is at the centre of almost everything. Even a quick meal will be made from fresh produce and include things like focaccia, pasta, aubergines, or stuffed calamari. These all go great with a sea view, too!
Don’t forget to consider going to see how Limoncello is made. You can visit for around £3 and also get a discount on a bottle to take back home with you.
So when are you going to visit Capri?
Before you go to Italy or its islands, you might want to learn some Italian. Fortunately for you, there are many talented tutors on Superprof who can help you. In terms of private Italian tutorials, there are three main types: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials.
Face-to-face tutorials involve just the student and their tutor and are tailored to the former. Your tutor can work with your strengths and weaknesses and put together a programme for you. These tutorials tend to be the most costly but they're also the most cost-effective.
Online tutorials are similar but you're not in the same place as your tutor. Thanks to the internet, webcams, and video conferencing, you can learn a language online. Online tutors tend to charge less than face-to-face tutors because they have fewer outgoings and expenses and can schedule more tutorials each week.
Finally, group tutorials include groups of students learning together. If you and a group of friends, such as your travel companions, want to learn some Italian before you go, you can get group tutorials. With each student sharing the cost of the tutor's time, this type of tutorials tends to work out cheaper per person per hour.