Capri, the blue island, is a true paradise to discover and it is a perfect destination for your summer holidays! Rich in history, glamour and beauty, Capri is the perfect size for a couple of days’ exploring.
During your Capri tour you have many choices on what to do in two days to this beautiful island. You can do walks and hikes of varying length and difficulty.
Or visit sights such as churches and villas. You can take a boat tour around the island and to the Blue Grotto. And of course, there are great places to eat or just relax and people watch.
But let’s discover together the best activities that you cannot miss out during your Capri tour.
For your first day, we recommend you to focus on the two towns (Capri – Anacapri) and on the historical visits.
The small square – La Piazzetta in Capri
Essentially, Capri has two mountains jutting out of the sea, joined together by a ridge.The main town of Capri is the hub of the whole island being on a ridge that connects both peaks east and west and overlooks Marina Grande, the gateway to Capri where all the ferries arrive.
Once in Capri, head to its town centre and admire the most fashionable square in the world “la Piazzetta”. Here, the real protagonists are, of course, the pavement cafes; one for each corner of the piazza.
This is where mere mortals get the chance to mingle with the stars of the silver screen, photogenically sipping their coffee or cocktail at one of the bars’ little wicker tables.
If you love gardens and stunning views, at one end of Capri Town you will find the Gardens of Augustus, a must-visit.
For just €1, this small yet well-kept garden not only offers a splendid view of the Faraglioni, but also of the incredible Via Krupp, which zigzags its way to Marina Piccola.
As you stroll through the winding alleys to the gardens, there are some sweet treasures you’ll come across.
Don’t miss the stand that serves incredible citrus granite, another excellent way to cool down on a blazing summer’s day.
Monte Solaro- the “mountain” of Capri
In the afternoon, head to Anacapri (Usually, bus routes run every 15/20 minutes from Capri to Anacapri) and explore the top of the island on Monte Solaro!
From the centre of Anacapri the chair lift takes you up to the highest point of the island, the summit of Monte Solaro, (600m – €10 for round-trip). While this may seem costly, believe us: The splendid views are priceless.
On the slopes of Monte Solaro, just 15 minutes by bus from the “little square”, there is Anacapri, the largest municipality of the island. A visit to Anacapri wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through its historic centre.
Here the atmosphere is also more laid-back, with a more authentic character where you can still feel the slow rhythms of a rustic Mediterranean retreat.
Start by the red walls of Casa Rossa and the simple white facade of the Chiesa di San Michele; watch a craftsman at work in the doorway of a sandal shop and get lost through its quiet alleyways.
Villa San Michele -Axel Munthe’s dream home
Another gorgeous place to get sweeping views of Capri is Villa San Michele, northwest of Anacapri. If you love beautiful gardens, this is a real gem!
Built in the early 20th century by Axel Munthe, a Swedish physician, it’s home to an enchanting garden that’s billed as one of the top 10 gardens in Italy.
With spectacular panoramic views, dreamy pergolas, and surrounded by a variety of flowers and plants, it’s paradise! (Ticket cost: €7).
“Da Gelsomina” -Capri’s best kept secret restaurant
If you are looking for excellent local food away from the crowd, incredible views and sunset this is the place to go for dinner in Capri!
We suggest to book a table in advance, for a meal that will stay in your memory for a long time.
Upon arrival, you get a tour of the beautiful property, with its lush gardens and gorgeous water views. Then you are escorted to your table. Ask for a table by the window for a romantic view!
For your second day in Capri, we suggest you to admire Capri by the sea and then simply relax on the beach.
Capri Boat Tour and the Blue Grotto
No visit to Capri is complete without a tour around the island by sea, skirting the dramatically craggy coastline and taking in the shimmering caves and hidden coves.
At the Marina Grande port, you will find ticket offices for the Motoscafisti di Capri and Laser boat tour companies, which offer Capri island boat tours with a stop at the Blue Grotto (Ticket price: 18 euros a person 14 euros separate ticket for the Blue Grotto -Duration: about 2 hours).
Try to reach the harbour as early as you can in the morning to beat the crowds and if you are interested in visiting the Blue Grotto, we suggest to do so first thing in the morning.
During your Capri tour, you will cruise along the coast and view the spectacular reefs, rock arches as well as world-renowned attractions such as the picturesque Punta Carena, the Faraglioni Rocks, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto and the amazing Blue Grotto.
The fame and name of the Blue Grotto derived from the incredible blue of the water inside: when the weather is fine, the sea seems illuminated by an underwater light and you can see many silvery fish swimming under the water.
Entrance to the Blue Grotto is possible only by boarding small rowboats which hold a maximum of four passengers at a time and the entrance ticket must be purchased at the cave entrance.
After purchasing your ticket to the Blue Grotto, your boatman will ask that you lay back along the bottom of the boat to enable the group to pass through the tiny mouth of the cave.
Once inside, your boatman will row you around the cavern, singing traditional Neapolitan folk songs which echo off the rock walls and create an unforgettable atmosphere that you can’t miss.
Capri’s best beach
To continue your day in a great way, relax yourself at the foot of the dramatic rock formations which have become the symbol of the island of Capri, the Faraglioni!
Here you can find two beach establishments with restaurants: the “Beach club La Fontelina” and “Da Luigi ai Faraglioni”.
The “beach” is actually a rocky cliff from which swimmers dive directly into the deep water, so this is not a particularly child-friendly beach.
To reach this stretch of coast, you can arrive by the boat transfer service that both beach establishments offer to and from Marina Piccola. This is the perfect spot for a leisurely day relaxing and enjoying the spectacular view and pristine coast.
Given the limited space and high demand for this gorgeous beach, we recommend you book ahead to avoid finding the beach already filled to capacity.
The average price for entrance and a sun lounger at a private beach establishment is between EUR 20 and 25 a day, plus around EUR 5 if you would prefer to have a beach umbrella.For a full day at the beach, including lunch at the seaside restaurant and a few beverages, you should probably budget between EUR 80 and EUR 120 per person.
Capri Tour Travel Tips:
- What to Pack for Your Days in Capri: Swimsuit, comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and a camera!
- Capri Scooter: If you’re looking to hire a scooter at Marina Grande, stop here. You need an international driving licence to rent the scooter.
- Blue Grotto: During high season you could wait more than one hour to visit the Grotto, we suggest you hat, sunscreen and water. The tour lasts about 5 minutes and it is forbidden to enter by swimming and diving.
- Don’t forget to taste the Caprese salad, a unique dish, famous throughout the world. The secret is the simplicity of all the ingredients: mozzarella and tomato, olive oil, salt, oregano, basil.
- If you love a picturesque walk, you can set off for Villa Jovis and Villa Lysis or hike along the Pizzolungo trail.
- Via Krupp: a stone hiking path, it features majestic views that you won’t get anywhere else! It takes you from the top of the island all the way down to the water so don’t forget your swim suit!
- Shopping: Limoncello (a lemon liquor), handmade sandals, ceramics, and perfume are the specialities of the island. Via Camerelle is the Capri’s fashionable shopping street where you’ll find exclusive fashion shops and luxury boutiques.
- The Best Aperitif: If you want the best view to enjoy Aperitivo in Capri, head to Bar Funicolare, located just next to the funicular station.
- Be prepared for crowds. The mornings and evenings are the quietest, and the weather is nice and cool, too!If you want photos without many people in the background, head out in the morning while it’s nice and quiet!
- If you’re staying in Capri, you can also take boat tours to Positano or Amalfi for the day!
Capri Tour -How to get there
The only way to reach Capri is by sea. Ferries depart from Naples and Sorrento; in the summer, there are also routes from Positano, Amalfi, Salerno, and Ischia.. In Naples, there are two piers from which ferries to Capri depart: Molo Beverello and Calata di Massa.
The Molo Beverello pier is located in front of Maschio Angioino in the Piazza Municipio, the Calata di Massa pier is located further east (to the left, facing the sea).
High speed ferries depart from Molo Beverello, and ferries and slow ferries from Calata di Massa. Ferries and slow ferries are more affordable and slower than high speed ferries, and are the only vessels which can embark motor vehicles