Capri has two different sides, both equally captivating. There is the glamorous side of the island, made of yachts, high fashion, and nightlife; and there is the traditional side of the island, made of authentic hospitality and long history.
Anacapri is the ideal destination for visitors who are looking to experience the quiet soul of the island far from the tourist crowds and explore the scenic trails, artisan workshops, and rustic island cuisine. If you want to discover the real Capri without breaking the bank, Anacapri is for you!
Here are just some of the highlights in Anacapri:
Our hotel is one of the closest to the famous Blue Grotto.
Hidden behind a low entrance that can only be accessed by lying down inside small rowboats, this wonder of nature is famous across the globe.
The ancient Romans used the grotto as a sacred nymphaeum and still today it stuns the thousands that visit each year with its glowing turquoise waters.
The cave entrance is about 5 minutes away by bus or 20 minutes by foot along a path that we can point out.
We suggest visiting the Blue Grotto by land early in the morning so that you will already be waiting when it opens at 9 a.m. Mother Nature does not always allow for the cave to be open, so if you want to guarantee a visit, plan to stay on the island at least a few days.
The Romans had an eye for beautiful ovelooks and just a five-minute walk from the hotel you can explore the remains of the imperial Villa Damecuta, summer residence of Tiberius. The sea stretches as far as the eye can see to the horizon and the view is one of the most beautiful on the island. The ruins look over the Path of the Forts and the panorama stretches from Ischia to Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Sorrentine Peninsula. The sunsets are particularly spectacular from here, and different each evening. The site is surrounded by a pine grove that is ideal for enthusiasts of running and jogging.
Path of the Forts
The hotel is located near the trailhead for the Sentiero dei Fortini, or Path of the Forts. This 3- to 4-hour hike along the western coastline of the island is famous for its views of the sea and sky, and pristine Mediterranean countryside. There are a number of spots along the trail where you can take a cool dip. Be sure to stop at the Tombosiello fort and swim at the base of the lighthouse.
Set just next to the Blue Grotto, the Gradola beach boasts crystalline waters that are ideal for a swim. This rocky spot is one of the quietest on the island, and has long been beloved by visiting philosophers and intellectuals. Today, it is a Blue Flag beach (awarded for cleanliness and services), along with the Punta Carena lighthouse coastline.