When you are done with sightseeing in Sorrento and it is sizzling hot, head to the beach. Although there are only a few beaches in the city itself, there are plenty of them within a short drive. Pebbly, rocky, sandy, isolated and quiet or lined up with bars and restaurants, there is a beach for all tastes near Sorrento. To fire your imagination and send you packing for an Italian holiday, here are just a few beautiful spots for sunbathing near Sorrento.
Marina Piccola and Marina Grande
Just a few steps from the old town of Sorrento, Marina Piccola can be reached on foot or by a lift. Lazing in the sun on volcanic sand you can admire the magnificent views over the Gulf of Naples. There are restaurants, bars, showers and a great buzz of a seaside resort. At Marina Grande, a 15-minute walk from the city centre, you can watch local fishermen going on their daily business.
Bagni della Regina Giovanna
Reachable on foot from Capo di Sorrento, this rocky beach is famous for its beautiful settings. According to a local legend, the Queen Joan of Anjou, after frolicking with her lovers here, threw them off the rocks. The ruins of a Roman villa dating back to the 1st century BC add to the location’s charms.
Cala di Puolo
Locals love this beach located only a few kilometres from the centre of Sorrento. You can hire a sun lounger, have a pizza in one of the lovely beach restaurants or sip a cocktail admiring the formidable Mount Vesuvius at a distance.
Cala di Mitigliano
Located a little further along the coast, this pebbly beach is famous for its beauty and views of Capri. To reach the beach you have to walk for 30 minutes along a trail running through olive groves and Mediterranean shrubs or you can hire a boat in the port of Marina della Lobra.
Photos via Flickr by: Harvey Barrison, Michele Vascellari, S J Pinkney.