Toledo & Quartieri Spagnoli
Lucrino, Baia & Bacoli
San Marco di Castellabate to Acciaroli
Heading south from Castellabate, the next stop is the pretty little harbour at San Marco di Castellabate, overlooked by the handsome, ivy-clad Approdo hotel. This was once an important Greek and Roman port, and tombs and other relics have been discovered that are now on view in the museum at Paestum.
Little more than a series of private bathing facilities, Marina Piccola is on the southern side of the island, directly south of Marina Grande. A short bus ride from Capri Town, or a downhill 15-minute walk, it has a 50m-long public pebble beach hemmed in by the Scoglio delle Sirene (Rock of the Sirens) at the western end and the Torre Saracena (Saracen Tower) at the other.
Mergellina & Posillipo
A tiny, still relatively isolated mountain village, above Positano and beyond Montepertuso, Nocelle (450m) commands some of the most spectacular views on the entire coast. A world apart from touristy Positano, it’s a sleepy, silent place where not much ever happens and where the few residents are happy to keep it that way.
Agropoli to Castellabate
Around 14km south of Agropoli is the former fishing village of Santa Maria di Castellabate. Head for the southernmost point, which still has a palatable southern Italian feel with dusky pink-and-ochre sunbaked houses blinkered by traditional green shutters.
From panoramic Piazza dei Martiri, the village of Marina Corricella tumbles down to its marina in a waterfall of pastel colours: pinks, yellows and whites. Fishing boats complete the rainbow of colours, docked alongside piles of fishing nets, sleek cats and, in the summer, a sprawl of terrace cafes and restaurants.
South to Sapri
Marina di Chiaiolella
All pink, white and blue, crescent-shaped Marina di Chiaiolella was once the crater of a volcano. Today it features a yacht-stocked marina, old-school eateries and a relaxed laid-back charm. From the pier, you can catch a brightly painted water taxi to reach several superb beaches in the surrounding area (from €8).
Marina di Furore, a tiny fishing village, was once a busy little commercial centre, although it’s difficult to believe that today. In medieval times, its unique natural position freed it from the threat of foreign raids and provided a ready source of water for its flour and paper mills.