Positano holiday highlights

Arguably the Amalfi Coast's most picturesque town, Positano has inspired artists and writers over the years, from Picasso to Steinbeck and today it attracts a new generation of artists that have fallen under its spell. The Spiaggia Grande – Positano's charming pebble beach – is perfect for swimming in the summer and the meandering streets are filled with designer shops and cafés. The centre of the town is a pedestrianised maze of cobbled alleyways, elegant boutiques, craft shops and tempting restaurants offering exquisite views across the bay. Comfortable footwear is a must here as the town's steep alleys can be a challenge.

Browse elegant boutiques and artisan shops – the town is famous for its hand-made sandals which can be expertly crafted while you wait. Positano has a number of pretty churches and the distinctive dome of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta peaks above the town's rooftops while the ornate church houses some important works of art. Torre di Clavel is an iconic 13th-Century stone fortress perched on a cliff and constructed to defend against Arab invaders.

Positano key facts

Time difference

GMT +1 hour

Currency

Euro

Flying time to destination

Naples 2¾ hours

Language

Italian

Positano good to know

Sports

Ice-skating, curling, sleigh rides, snow shoe walking, 40km of cleared walking paths, paragliding, swimming pool, horseriding, snow tubing, nordic walking, sledging, skibock, dog sledge rides and even sledging and snow shoe walking by night!