Hiking & Trekking the Amalfi Coast.
From breathtaking views, ever present history and culture to the unique paths and trails along the way, Amalfi Coast has for years been a hiker’s true paradise. Walking amongst steps that were carved centuries ago and still very well maintained to this day is simply something that hikers and trekkers alike don’t come across everyday. Whether you are seasoned hiker hoping to cross off Amalfi Coast from your hiking bucket list or are merely looking to take in one of Italy’s most beautiful coastlines, it is sure to be an experience you will not soon forget.
breathtaking views, ever present history and culture
Of course depending on how much time you have during your visit and the main sites and areas you are hoping to see along the way, there are plenty of trails and footpaths to choose from. No matter how experienced you are or what your plans may be, one of the best options is to hire a local guide to take you around the different trails. Though fun either way, having a local guide by your side will allow you to see some of the hidden treasures you may very well have missed out on if they weren’t there to point it out. Whatever you choose to do while hiking or trekking the beautiful Amalfi Coast, here are some of the many different walks you can experience while there…
Sentiero degli Dei / Path of the Gods
One of the more popular options tends to be the Sentiero degli Dei, I dedicated a whole website about the Path of the Gods, footpath and for good reason too. Nearly the entire journey through guarantees hikers stunning views of the Mediterranean that stretches as far as Capri island. Though it was not always the case, there are now buses that make the journey toward this trail, which means no exceptionally vertical staircases to climb before hiking or trekking. With a rise of 200m, this particular hike is 6km (Bomerano to Nocelle), and is sure to be worth every step after coming across so many different beautiful scenes and views.
Marina di Praia
If you are hoping to experience some of the surroundings of Praiano then this is a great option for you. This is a great way to start the day before getting into some other amazing footpaths found on the coast. After passing through the tunnel and making your way down to Marina di Praia, you will be able to witness the many traditional boats on top of the sea each with fishermen hoping to catch their share for the day. As it is above sea level, the entire trail is full of unbeatable views of the coast and various natural caves you will get to witness along the way.
Fiordo di Furore – Sant’Elia
For those who are looking for somewhat of a challenge, this could just be the hiking trail for you. Although not entirely dangerous, many of the walkways become extremely narrow at times and will require some support from your hands because of it. Altogether, this lovely hike full of magnificent views, terraces, plenty of flowers and valleys will keep you from wanting this particular trek to never come to an end.
Fiordo di Furore – Punta Tavolo
Being surrounded by unspoilt nature and entering into a romantic ravine up to Punta Tavolo is a defnite must when hiking along the Amalfi Coast. With its very close proximity to Amalfitana, it is easy to reach and just far enough from the busy city to create some peace and pristine conditions for your hike. This particular one will includes of course great views of the sea, a chance to gaze at some beautiful villas and a sense of charm at nearly every step along the way.
More of a broad trekking area that is open to many optional routes and turns along the way, making your way through Ravello is an excellent option for those who want to explore viewpoints, olive groves and grand scenery throughout the entire journey. This is a great place to spend an entire day or afternoon in seeing as there is so much to take in and also plenty of restaurants and food options whenever you feel like taking a break between points.
Praiano – Convento di San Domenico
This trek is through several old alleys where they will eventually lead you an ancient monastery.
This trek is through several old alleys where they will eventually lead you to an ancient monastery. Along with gazing at this great architectural building you will see spectacular views of the sea and coastline. Particularly a great place to watch the sun as it dips below the horizon, putting on a show of colors for all onlookers. This trek could be a little challenging, hundreds of steps, making it great for those who are looking for a little workout.
La Baia di Jeranto
For those hoping to get a sense of that mystical feel of the mythologies that take place within the lands, head to Jeranto Bay. This particular trek will take you to the spot where Homer set the Sirens in hopes of seducing Ulysses. Along with that factor, hikers and trekkers will find spectacular views of the blue sea and though it may be just somewhat further than the other hikes, you will come to the beautiful Jeranto beach. Here, you can even take a dip and cool off from the long journey before making your way back to where you started from. Full of nature and a rich flora and fauna within its surroundings, this is a great trek to do while exploring the Amalfi Coast.
No matter where you decide to head to during your visit here or whether you decide to head out with a local guide or not, your time here is sure to be cherished for years to come. Grab a trail map at one of the many stores found along the entire coast and get to hiking and trekking!