The Amalfi Coast in Italy has always been a destination on my bucket list with its stunning, pastel coloured cliffside villas, beautiful umbrella-lined beaches and warm, turquoise water. My dream of visiting came true a few weeks ago, when my in-laws brought Ciaran and I along with them on their vacation to Minori, a charming beachside village that my father-in-law visited growing up. Needless to say, it was nothing short of a dream and ended up being one of the best holidays! We took a lot of day trips to more popular towns like Positano, Capri and Ravello and while they are all gorgeous, I found that Minori is a real hidden gem along the Amalfi Coast. Read on to discover why…
1. It’s less crowded than many of the resort-towns found along the Amalfi Coast
Minori is a great base to stay during your trip to the Amalfi Coast if you want to relax, unwind and live like a local. The town only has 3,000 inhabitants and everyone seems to know everyone, which for me, added to its charm. It’s not the slightest bit commercial and despite the fact that all of the hotels were booked up during our time there, it never felt overcrowded or touristy. When we visited some of the other nearby towns, they were heaving with tourists, so it was nice to come back to Minori for some serenity at the end of the day.
2. It’s close to nearby towns
With that said, Minori is really close to all of the more popular, nearby towns like the famed Positano and luxury Capri. All you have to do is jump on a boat, which you can either rent and drive yourself or you can organise a day tour through several different companies with booths near the beach. You’ll sail down the breathtaking coastline and within an hour, you’ll be drinking Aperol Spritz at a ritzy restaurant in Capri or exploring the bustling streets of Positano. Ravello is also just a quick 40-minute drive up a cliff, and it’s quite the ride with insane views of the coast.
3. It’s a great place to explore
As well as lazy days lounging beachside, Minori is a great place to explore. Right across the street from the beach is the striking Basilica di Santa Tromfena, the patron saint of Minori. You can also see the archaeological ruins of Villa Romana, a 1st century Roman Villa. You can also stay in the gorgeous hotel there. Be sure to go on the “Lemon Walk,” which takes you high up in the hills where you’ll find fresh, aromatic Amalfi lemons. The view of the ocean from the top will take your breath away. On your walk around the town, you’ll also discover tons of great restaurants, bars and gelaterias as well as shops making fresh limoncello. The citrusy scent is irresistible! Be sure to pop your head in and sample some – you won’t regret it.
4. The food is insanely good
Pizza, pasta, fresh fish, delicious gelato and even more pizza – the food in Minori is out of this world delicious. Some personal favourites include the pizza and cannoli at Sal De Riso, fresh, homemade pasta at La Botte and for a more elevated, yet rustic experience with views of the coast, visit Villa Maria, where there is no menu and the owner brings you out a special dishes to try. For drinks, we had aperitivo hour every day at Bistrot 52, a cheap and cheerful bar with a fantastic beer selection, huge spritz’s and tasty bruschetta to enjoy before dinner.
5. It’s Affordable
It’s no secret that Positano and Capri are more on the expensive side and Minori is a wonderful place to stay that won’t break the bank! We stayed at the Villa Isabella, where rooms start at £70 per night. There are also a lot of restaurants that are really affordable considering how great the quality of food is. To put things into perspective, an Aperol Spritz at Bistrot 52 cost 3 euros and my Aperol Spritz in Positano cost 7! The more popular, commercialised areas will always be more expensive than the lesser known, hidden gems.
6. It’s BEAUTIFUL!
Last but not least, Minori is BEAUTIFUL! There is nothing more spectacular than taking a dip in the sea, looking up and seeing all of the colourful villas situated on the vast mountainside that acts as a backdrop to the small village. Every morning, I looked out my window and was in awe of the sheer beauty. In the evenings as the sun was setting, a golden haze cast over the mountains, making the town glow. It’s a really special little place and one that I can’t recommend enough. It’s the perfect base for your Amalfi trip!
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