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The Pebble Beach at Positano
pebble beach at Positano, Marina Grande, is a popular
summer destination for both locals and tourists. For the
best rates on hotels, visit in the off season.
The beach at Positano
consists of small smooth pebbles and coarse sand.
Though not silky to the touch like the black sands of
Hawaii, the rounded pebbles are small making them
comfortable to walk on.
The beach, due to its
east-west orientation, gets direct sunlight through the
mid-day hours. Due to the steep cliffs surrounding
the area, the morning and afternoon sunlight is mostly
obscured. This moderates the temperatures, even during
the hottest days of August.
To reach the beach
(coming from Sorrento):
Exit the Amalfi
Coast road (SS 163) by turning right at Viale
Pasitea, marked by the direction of Positano.
Follow the narrow
road as it winds down the mountain.
Once past the
auto repair shop, a parking lot can be found on the
right where Viale Pasitea becomes Via Crisoforo
Colombo. (Apprx. 30 Euro per 24 hrs.)
continue down towards the sea by following the
stepped walkway, Via dei Mulini.
This will lead
you to the Spiaggia di Marina Grande. (3
Pictures on the right)
There is a second
beach, Spiaggia di Fornillo, to the west. This
can be seen in the picture below. Fornillo is a bit
quieter than the beach at Marina Grande. To find
Fornillo find Via Positanesi d'America which runs west
along the sea in front of the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni.
at Positano is used by sun bathers, swimmers, fishermen
and water sport enthusiasts. There are also places just
off shore where sail boats and power boats are moored.
picture shows that, from the beach, the view of Positano
is spectacular. The cupola of the church of Santa
Maria Assunta is prominent in the foreground.
In addition to the
natural beauty of the architecture, the cliffs, and the
sea, Positano is also a great summer playground because
it is very well appointed. There are several shops that
cater to the summer audience selling clothing,
keepsakes, suntan oil, and the colorful, inflatable
beach accoutrements that we all depend on.
Moreover, there are
dining choices for every budget. But, whatever your
price point, you will find the best examples of typical
regional dishes. I highly recommend the Gnocchi
Sorrentina from the restaurant at the hotel Covo
dei Saraceni adjacent to the beach. There are
several restaurants on the beach that offer spectacular
views to accompany the savory menu offerings.
pastels and blocky architecture of Positano can be seen
below. This picture shows the beauty of the place but,
unfortunately, fails to really do it justice. To truly
appreciate the splendor that is Positano, one must visit
and see it first hand. It seems as if a giant hand has
tossed the buildings against the cliffs and they, as if
by magic, stuck there.
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