Capri in detail


The name Capri comes, appropriately, from the ancient Greek kaprie (wild goat) and some would say that you need to be as sure footed and nimble as a goat to explore the island properly. If time (or your pair of shoes) is tight, the island’s sights may be visited by funicular, bus and/or taxi. The island has three distinct areas: sophisticated and downright good-looking Capri Town; more low-key Anacapri; and bustling Marina Grande, which – unless you travel by helicopter – is likely to be your point of entry.


There are no natural sandy beaches on Capri. Instead, the island's beaches are fashioned from rocky promontories, man-made platforms and tiny scoops of pebbly ‘sand’, where vacationers relax on sun loungers or dive into the deep blue sea. This doesn't stop them from being riotously popular, however.

All of Capri's so-called beaches have at least one private beach club (where you must pay to use the facilities) and a small public-access area; expect to pay around €25 per person for sun lounger and umbrella hire at a beach club. Arrive early in the day for the best spots as they can get extremely busy in peak season.

Capri’s best beach is at Marina Grande, as it has a little sand among the pebbles; unsurprisingly, it's perennially popular with families. From here, small boats ferry sunbathers over to Bagni di Tiberio, a pebble beach that's home to the island's most popular beach club where you can swim amid the ruins of a Roman villa. The beach that attracts the trendiest crowd is Marina Piccola, which has three beach clubs and relatively warm swimming waters. For the most 'local' beach, seek out the harder-to-reach Spiaggia di Faro, known for its wonderful sunsets. There are additional small beaches at I Faraglioni, accessible from the Passeggiata del Pizzolungo, and the Grottta Azzurra in the northwest.