Capri is really quite small – only 10 square kilometers (about the size of Central Park in New York) so there really aren’t that many best-kept secrets or hidden gems, that said here are a couple of recommendations and some quick tips.
- I can highly recommend a visit to Villa Jovis – (the ruins of an Imperial Roman villa that Emperor Tiberius built on the island) – ask for an audio guide at the ticket office, it’s included in the price but it isn’t obviously advertised. Trust me it won’t ruin the experience!
- If you want to go to the Blue grotto – keep an eye on the weather/tide if the sea is too choppy or the tide is too high then the cave is inaccessible.
- Losfizio is an affordable neighbourhood restaurant – wood fired pizza and orange juice made fresh from their own orange trees in the back garden, only a 10 minute walk from Capri centre.
- For some excellent glamorous people watching I can highly recommend lunch at Hotel La Palma or wait until later and have an aperitif in the Piazza in Capri town where you will find the most prestigious pre-prandial passeggiata.
- In August – about 20,000 people arrive a day (heading towards double the island’s population) so if you can, then visit at another time.
- The only place to watch the sun set into the Mediterranean Sea is at the Punta Carena lighthouse but the reflected glow can be seen elsewhere – such as near the natural arch.
- There is no need to buy lemons in the supermarket for your G&T at home (if you’re self catering)– there are trees everywhere just ask a local.
Whilst writing this I have obviously been listening to Frank Sinatra serenade me with ‘Isle of Capri’
For some tales about Capri then click the link to read the previous post.