Best Beaches on the Amalfi Coast

Best Beaches on the Amalfi Coast

You’ve no doubt seen plenty of snaps of Italy's Amalfi Coast and its cluster of cliff-side towns on social media. And with its breathtaking coastline, pastel-coloured villages and idyllic coves and beaches, it’s no wonder why. Throw in a few important sights of historical and artistic value and you’ve got one heavenly holiday destination. From the lively waterfront in Positano and the hidden coves of Praiano to the fjord-like setting of Furore, there are plenty of pebble beaches and secluded seaside spots to add to your beach bucket list. Read on to discover our top picks of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast...


  1. Sunbathe on Spiaggia Grande, Positano
  2. Meet Me at Marina di Praia, Praiano
  3. Swim in the Sea at Spiaggia del Furore, Furore
  4. Selfies at Spiaggia di Atrani, Atrani
  5. That’s So Santa Croce Beach, Amalfi


Sunbathe on Spiaggia Grande, Positano

First up on our roundup of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast is Spiaggia Grande, a long stretch of pebbly shoreline beside the picturesque town of Positano. It’s one of the most popular beaches on this superb stretch of coastline and only a short walk away from the town centre, so it can be a little challenging to find a decent space to lay down your towel. Don’t let that put you off though. The bay is nestled between towering cliffs and colourful pastel-hued buildings, making for a magical backdrop for an afternoon dip or slow stroll. There’s also the option to rent paddle boards, kayaks or pedal boats if you fancy exploring along the coastline. Time for some lunch? Head to one of the atmospheric restaurants, cafes and beach bars dotted along the promenade for a bite to eat with sea views.


Meet Me at Marina di Praia, Praiano

Now for a more tranquil spot further down the coast: Marina di Praia. This hidden gem is nestled between Positano and Amalfi in Praiano, a town that was once a traditional fishing village. The main attraction here is the small pebble beach set within a rocky enclave. With its magnificent marine life and colourful coral formation, it’s a super site for snorkelling. From here you can also set off on guided boat trips to nearby attractions such as the Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto), a sea cave on the northern coast of Capri, and walk along the coastal path through Marina di Praia for Instagrammable views of the sea, cliffs and neighbouring towns.

Cliff of the Amalfi coast

Image by Lucy Laucht


Swim in the Sea at Spiaggia del Furore, Furore

We’re staying between Positano and Amalfi for another of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast: Spiaggia del Furore, a secluded spot near the pretty village of Furore. Tucked within a deep inlet surrounded by immense jagged cliffs, this dramatic fjord-like setting is a popular cliff jumping spot. If you’re brave (and experienced) enough to give it a go, now’s your chance. Or you could sit back and watching daredevils from around the world showcase their skills at the annual International Diving Championship.


Selfies at Spiaggia di Atrani, Atrani

Lying just below the charming town of Atrani is the dinky Spiaggia di Atrani beach. While this secluded spot is often overshadowed by larger and busier beaches on the Amalfi Coast, it offers something that many of the others do not: a sandy shoreline. Reach this hidden haven by foot or car from Amalfi or take a short and scenic boat ride from one of the other nearby coastal towns. When you’re suitably sun-kissed, climb the steps up to the fishing village above and discover the old-word charm of Atriana, home to 13th-century Baroque churches and piazzas with spurting fountains.


That’s So Santa Croce Beach, Amalfi

Last up on our list of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast is Santa Croce Beach, a secluded stretch of shingle that can only be accessed by boat. Home to two restaurants – Ristorante da Teresa and Ristorante Santa Croce – there’s no risk of rumbling tummies. These popular eateries serve up tasty grub throughout the day, from grilled calamari to insalate di mare (Italian seafood salad), so there’s no reason why you can’t stay here until the sun goes down (or at least until the last boat leaves).

Header image by Lucy Laucht