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Delightful daytrip to Capri with a medium budget

Capri is a breathtaking area of natural beauty in the Bay of Naples. Its seductive charms already attracted a great many visitors for thousands of years. During the day the light dips the island into different colours and enchants the viewer. This daytrip is also possible on a medium budget and is definitely worth it. 

Capri panorama (© Portanapoli.com)

Capri panorama (© Portanapoli.com)

Capri is the most exklusive island in the bay of Naples. A lot of day tourist arrive by boat every day to visit its natural beauties and to do shopping in the exclusive boutiques. We suggest how to spend a delightful day on Capri with a medium budget apart from mass tourism.

Provided that one will travel by boat, one should only take a speedboat (Aliscafo, circa 40 min.) at heavy seas, otherwise one can enjoy the view on Naples Italy by taking the cosier and cheaper ferry (Traghetto, circa 80 min.). Capri is free of motorcars and there are only minibusses (circa 1 Euro) and taxis running.

Enjoy the entry into the picturesque harbor Marina Grande with its colourful houses

After arriving in the harbor one can take the cable railway (Funiculare), to get to the Piazza Umberto (Piazzetta). The areas surrounding the Piazzetta and the small shopping street are the most expensive tourist regions in Capri.

Those who want to sit in a street cafe and watch the trendies, pay around 6 Euro for one Cola. However, as soon as one leaves the Piazzetta in the direction of Via Botteghe, only a few tourists are to be seen and beautiful views on the high rocks and the ocean open up.

Following this nice way straight on via Matermania one reaches a restaurant called Le Grotelle. One only dines outside under trees with a wonderful view over the ocean. The price level is normal. Before one takes a seat here, one should go 100 metres further to see the Arco Naturale, an oval shaped under open rocks in the ocean.

After filling oneself with Spaghetti e Vongole, one walks down the steps at the restaurant (a lot of steps! Not suitable for people with a disability) and passes the Grotta di Matronamia, one of the old roman, transformed caves and natural beauties of Capri. Walking further along this way over the ocean one again gets to enjoy scenic views.

On the way back, following the Via Tragara, one shouldn’t forget to pay a visit to the Parfumerie Carthusia, where perfume is produced from flowers, and the Giardini di Augusto (park), from where one has a beautiful view of Marina Piccola, the rocks Faraglioni and the closed Via Krupp (small serpentine road to the sea). When possible, one should buy all articles, including the typical Limoncello and ceramic articles, in Naples. There they are considerably cheaper.

The sunset in Capri is quite impressive

When most of the tourists leave the island on the ferry and the island starts to show another face. For this reason it is worth staying over in Capri for one night.

The B&B in the higher located Anacapri are recommendable for a overnight stay on a smaller budget.