The beautiful Italian island of Capri is often thought of as a honeymoon destination, but you don’t have to be a newlywed or even part of a couple to appreciate the romance of the place.
Just a 50-minute ferry ride from the bustling city of Naples, Capri has been a resort destination since ancient Roman times. Sunshine, beaches, clear turquoise water, unique shopping, delicious food, outdoor activities, and the Italian flair for living la dolce vita – Capri has all that and more.
Because it can be reached so easily from the mainland, many visitors see the island only as a day trip. Staying longer, however, allows for a much more thorough investigation. Whether there for a romantic getaway or simply because you need to get away, Capri is a treat for the senses.
The island’s famous Blue Grotto is a highlight for many people. A word of caution: It often can’t be visited due to rough water. Don’t worry – there are many other highlights. Marina Piccola offers swimming, snorkeling and a small beach (as well as the legend that it is where Odysseus almost surrendered to the Sirens’ song).
Shops offer high-end items and low-end souvenirs. You can find a cobbler who will handcraft a pair of leather sandals for you, spas with extensive menus of treatments, one-of-a-kind art and bottles of limoncello galore. The island’s restaurants will have you drooling over fresh fish, tomatoes, eggplant and herbs. If you like to hike, there are several trails that will give you a great workout (think steep limestone cliffs) and even greater views.
The island of Capri has only two towns: Capri and Anacapri. Capri has the more expensive hotels, shops and restaurants, and is the town most visited by tourists. Anacapri has a much less touristy feel, more hiking opportunities and much less nightlife. It also has no waterfront beaches. I think everyone should visit both. In Anacapri, a chairlift will slowly carry you to the top, where you can choose to hike down or ride back the way you came.
While Capri gets packed with tourists in high season, its beauty is simply something that shouldn’t be missed. Just looking at photos from my last trip to the island has me wondering when I can return. -post by JG