Lovely whitewashed villas cling precariously to the cliff faces, together with lemon groves and a single winding road that services small towns dotted around the coast. Foremost amongst these towns is the eponymous Amalfi, the glamorous Sorrento, the picturesque Positano and the refined Rafello. Even the large city of Sorrento has lovely winding medieval streets and many hidden gems.
While land-based visitors are largely confined to sometimes oppressively busy mainland hotspots, those on a sailing holiday can escape to enjoy the delights of several wonderful islands in the wider area. Capri is chic and stunning, Procida is an idyllic escape (off the map of mass tourism), Ischia offers the best beaches and a thermal mud bath or two and the Pontine Islands are an exclusive national park, frequented by well-heeled Romans.
Sailing truly is the best way to visit the Amalfi Coast.
The Sailing Area
While the actual Amalfi Coast is a 50km long stretch of coast south of the Sorrentine Peninsula, for ease of reference we also include the Bay of Naples and the Pontine Island group into this general area. This inclusion best illustrates a great benefit of sailing the Amalfi Coast - the ability to see and experience so much more than you would on land.
Sail from village to village, island to island, unencumbered by the many tourists buses and hectic Italian drivers that dominate the single winding road around the coast. Sail the short trip to Capri on your own yacht, rather than sharing a plodding ferry. Easily traverse the Bay of Naples from Amalfi to Ischia, a trip that would otherwise be an eight hour return trip! All of these experiences are exclusive to a sailing holiday and to top it all off, you'll have the best seat in the house, with stunning views of the coast from your yacht that many of the £1,000 per night hotel visitors would love to have.
Our Amalfi Coast Bases (click here)
We have two bases in the Amalfi Coast region of Italy - Salerno and Procida.
Salerno is the capital city of the Amalfi region and is located 45 minutes down the coast from Naples, the primary airport in the region. Salerno is a major city that provides all the amenities that you could wish for prior to embarking on a sailing holiday.
Procida is an island just off the coast of Naples, famed for its pastel coloured waterfront buildings. To get to Procida you must take a ferry and all in it takes around 90 minutes from the airport. It's one of the most picturesque bases on our books and has all the amenities required for a great start to your holiday.
Wind and weather (click here)
Typically the winds are light along the Amalfi Coast. In the afternoon a south west – south east comes through around a Force 2 – 4 dying down again at sunset. Sometimes it can get up to a Force 5. In the morning and the evening a light east – north east may prevail, although this rarely gets above a Force 2. There may be frequent days of calm, especially when sailing in the Gulf of Salerno.
During the summer months the weather is at its warmest, with July and August being the hottest months with temperatures reaching the early 30’s and the most hours of daylight. If heading out earlier or later in the season temperatures are still in the 20’s, making it a pleasant time of year to sail.