With topsy-turvy hillside villages, grand town squares and immaculate harboursides, Amalfi’s 50-kilometre coastline is understandably one of the most celebrated in the world.
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If you come to this lemon-scented paradise expecting long ribbons of golden sand you’re setting yourself up for a fall. Yes, the Amalfi Coast has beaches. But they’re more like little pockets of sand tucked between the cliffs than big sprawling beaches more akin to the Spanish Costas. Minori and Maiori have the best beaches, particularly Maiori with its half mile stretch of sand dotted with sunbeds and parasols. Amalfi has a small beach which draws the crowds, especially at weekends. Or you can walk around the headland to Atrani, which serves up a little more privacy with your suntan. Of Positano’s beaches, Spiaggia Grande is the biggest. Watch fishermen mending their nets on the shore, seemingly oblivious to the sun worshippers surrounding them. To the west of town is the quieter Spiaggia di Fornillo. Here, soft sands melt into turquoise water whose temperature hovers at Whirlpool Bath level. Set against an impressive backdrop of cliffs, it’s one of the most enchanting spots on the coast. Make the most of the watersports, grab a drink at a beachfront café or simply sit back and inhale the sweet scent of those zesty lemons. Bliss.