In a weird way I’ve been putting off writing this post. Not because I didn’t have the best holiday ever or because I didn’t take some gorgeous photos. But I think mainly because I knew I’d miss it so much the moment I poured back over it. If you’re considering visiting Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast, I can’t get any further without saying do it. Go. Book it now. It equals only magical Santorini in beauty and I had the best 5 days there with my boyfriend and two of my best mates.
To be completely honest, words are hardly needed with photos like the above. I’m not even a great photographer but no one could fail to take amazing pictures of Sorrento. I’m going to give you a little bit of a travel diary, in case any of you are inspired to take a trip and need some recommendations. But because this post is such an essay I’ve decided to split the break into two – come back next Sunday to find out all about Pompeii and Capri.
After waking up super early in the morning, we arrived in Sorrento about 11am and checked in to our hotel. We stayed at Sea Room and I would definitely recommend it, it’s a simple but pretty B&B and so close to everything you might want to do. After the early start, Friday called for food and chill. So we found our first perfect small Italian restaurant, and the waiter was so friendly. He gave us endless recommendations for the rest of our holiday (we seriously thought he might have been working on commission, he was so keen to advise!) and the food was yummy. We loved it so much we went back on Saturday night, ordered three times as much food and drunk mojitos whilst sat in front of the England Euro group match! The rest of Friday involved making our way down the hill to the beach for a mega snooze, swim in the sea and holiday unwinding. We lost track of time and ended up being the last ones left on the beach!
Waking up we felt refreshed and ready to explore. We begun the morning with a wander around the orange and lemon grove opposite our hotel, trying the first of many limoncello shots. I’ve been to Lake Garda before and honestly didn’t think I’d find a place in Italy more lemon-obsessed, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Absolutely everything in Sorrento is lemon themed, so embrace it and drink as much limoncello as possible! After that we headed to Positano, everyone had recommended it so I was ridiculously excited.
The trip didn’t get off to the best start as we realised we’d have to sit on the floor of the bus surrounded by old people’s feet to get there! From Sorrento’s main station you can get pretty much anywhere really easily and it’s a lot cheaper than a taxi – which we found can really rip you off. After some very winding roads and some serious travel sickness, we were so grateful when we could finally see Positano emerging on the hills. It truly is the most stunning place I have ever been, the photos are beautiful but they are nothing compared to seeing it through your own eyes. The pastel coloured houses cling to the cliff, looking ready to crumble into the sea. And then when your head turns right, the sea opens up into a wide expanse as far as the eye can see. It’s a magical sight and one I’m already desperate to see again.
I’ve never been so distracted by a landscape, as I wandered down the cliff through the winding streets of Positano. The little shops sell lemon-themed gifts and bright fuchsia pink plants cling to the walls and even form a ceiling overhead. After having a wander, we finally made it to the bottom and to the beach. It’s definitely worth paying for a sunbed on the Amalfi coast, the beaches are busy and this makes sure you get your own space. And it’s not too expensive either – just make sure to haggle. We ate lemon sorbet, drank iced coffees, snoozed, got lost in books and even had a swim in the sea. As a girl used to spending summers swimming in the Devon channel, the sea was refreshingly warm and easy to bathe in. When you’re in the water you get a fresh view of the beautiful cliff, I just floated in awe of the coast line. It was the first time I’d really longed to have a waterproof camera so I could capture that view from in the sea. Later that evening we finally dragged ourselves away from the beach and back up the hill to make the last bus back to Sorrento.
I honestly couldn’t believe this holiday could get any better… But it really did. Make sure to come back for part two next Sunday!