Naples is famous all around the world because of its beauty and the wonderful sea it overlooks. In this article, you will discover the most amazing beaches in Naples and in its surroundings. Yes, because the sea is not wonderful only in Naples, but in the all Campania area.
Beaches in Naples
Scoglione di Marechiaro
Marechiaro seaside town is famous and beloved because of its beauty, it is considered the most magical coastal place in the Posillipo area. The Italian word “Scoglione” can be translated to “big cliff” and it is a common term in this area. The Scoglione di Marechiaro can be easily reached by boat thanks to the local boatmen who dock at Calata Ponticello, where the water is crystal clear, the view is wonderful, and the experience is unique.
Spiaggia della Gaiola
This marvelous public beach is definitely not to miss in Naples. It is located in the marine protected area of the Parco Sommerso della Gaiola, near the very typical and lovely Marechiaro village previously mentioned. This small beach deserves to be visited because of the wonderfully clear water and of its view: from here you can admire the Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples. Also, here you have the opportunity to practice scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayak.
Baia delle Rocce Verdi
One of the most beautiful places in Posillipo is the Rocce Verdi bay, from where you can admire Capri Island and the Gulf of Naples. Here the wonderful Villa Fattorusso is located: a beach resort that offers two swimming pools, a restaurant, and a rooftop garden.
Already famous back in 1840, Bagno Elena became even more famous because celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Totò, Richard Wagner, and Eduardo De Filippo used to spend their time here. Indeed, this is still today an elegant and exclusive area. Bagno Elena is located on a volcanic beach between the Palazzo Donn’Anna and the Palazzo Guercia. To rest, you can lay down and sunbath on the jetty made of stilts, or have lunch at the tiny lovely restaurant or take a coffee or a cool refreshing drink on the beach bar. Also, you can enjoy the fitness classes by the sea while your children spend their time in the summer camps with the activities customized for them.
Beaches in the North of Naples
Moving a little bit to the North of Naples you can find wonderful places with unique beaches and amazing views.
Keep reading to discover where to go in the north of Naples!
Spiaggia dello Schiacchetiello
What is called Schiacchetiello is the Bacoli beach: a beach made of Tufo rocks that is part of the marine reserve of the Parco dei Campi Flegrei. Located in front of the small island of Punta Pennata, here you can find a tiny cave with a sand bed and a thermal water spring. This is the perfect place for who look for relaxing and avoid crowded places: people who appreciate isolated places and rocky beaches will love this place. Also, the legend tells that even Ulysses took a break here to rest, fascinated by this wonderful place.
Spiaggia di Miseno
Situated in the Bacoli area, Miseno island takes the name from Aeneas’s trumpet player: according to the legend, Misenus challenged Triton in a trumpet competition and this last one, envious of his ability, let him die in dangerous waters. The beach is located on the extreme point of the Capo Miseno peninsula, from where it is possible to admire a wonderful and idyllic view on Ischia, Procida, and Gulf of Naples. Also, this beach has a very long seaboard of more than 2 kilometers and hosts many lidos well equipped with bars, changing rooms, and showers. Among these many lidos, the Nazionale one is the favorite with its clean and fine sand and the previously mentioned marvelous view.
Spiaggia di Acquamorta
This not very famous beach is a real gem: an easy and relaxed place in one of Monte Procida’s inlets where the sea is flat and calm because protected from the wind. Here you can enjoy your time and an amazing view on the tiny small island of the same name. If you arrive here by boat, you can also reach the Chiaia dei Porci: a very small pristine and rocky beach immersed in nature and in crystal clear waters.
Beaches in the South of Naples
Also moving toward the south of Naples you can find wonderful seasides and beaches where to spend your time.
Maybe you already heard about Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi, but keep reading to go in deep of these places and discover which are the best beaches in this area.
Perfect for those who love crystal sea water, Sorrento is definitely a not-to-miss in the area of Naples. Here you can find wonderful beaches and an amazing sea.
Bagni della Regina Giovanna
If you are wondering where to start, the answer will be Bagni della Regina Giovanna with no doubt. This is one of the most famous beaches in Sorrento, a lovely place immersed in nature: it is, in short, a real small Heaven on Earth. Its beauty is also given by its wildness, but this makes the beach not suitable for children and elder people.
Cala di Mitigliano
A real wild area surrounds another piece of paradise: a beach made of rocks, pebbles, and cliffs. The water is transparent and from here you can enjoy a wonderful view on the Island of Capri.
Spiaggia della Pignatella
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sorrento surroundings and it is located between Sorrento and Massa Lubrense. The beach here is fascinating and it is equipped with boarding ladders and cords to make easier for people to bath in the sea, not to mention the real natural cliffs that are very comfortable.
Another wonderful place in the south of Naples is Positano, not only because of the beauty of the city itself but also for the wonderful beaches it offers. Keep reading to discover the less known, so less crowded, and beautiful lovely beaches.
Marina di Arienzo
The beach of Marina di Arienzo is located in the area of the same name. You can reach it climbing two hundred and seventy-nine steps immersed in nature. This beach is almost ninety meters long and it is equipped with a lido on stilts. Also, it is exposed to the southwest, so the sun is present for almost all day.
Torre di Clavel
The name of the beach comes from the proximity of a real tower, Clavel Tower, which in turn takes the name from Count Clavel. This beach is thirty-five meters long and it is delimited by two huge rocks. It can be considered a postcard place with its always crystal clear water and its clean beach.
This beach’s name also derives from the name of the tower, which dates back to 1200. Anyway, this is also called “Bacino”, which means “basin” because of its semi-circular shape and its rock walls (these are also at risk from landslides, so be careful!). It is a little known beach so it is very quiet and little frequented. As Marina di Arienzo, also the beach of Torre Sponda is located southwest so the sun is almost always present.
Islands of Naples
After having discovered the beaches around Naples, we cannot say goodbye before having talked about the wonderful islands of the Arcipelago Campano.
Ischia, Capri, and Procida are three very different islands, but all amazing in the same way. The astonishing crystal clear sea and the lovely cities make people fall in love since the first visit.
Ischia is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Naples and offers a unique sea. But it is much more than this. It is very famous, for instance, because of its thermal waters and its Roman ruins in the seabed of Cartaromana. Here it is possible to find one of the best Mediterranean cuisines and some wonderful resorts, but something everyone cannot forget about Ischia is the atmosphere that can be breath there. Even some simple things such as swimming in that marvelous sea or sunbathing would be a unique experience!
Spiaggia dei Maronti
The most famous beach in Ischia is the Spiaggia dei Maronti. It is three kilometers long and its sand is dark, because of the volcanic origin of the island. While reaching the beach you will pass on the wonderfully scenic route; once there you can also admire a unique view on the Sant’Angelo islet.
Capri, famous as the island of shopping and exclusive hotels, has much more in it than luxury. It has a very special rugged territory, very tasty limoncello, and very typical handmade leather sandals. Not including the most special aspects of the island: the sea and the astonishing caves! To name but one, the most famous is the Grotta Azzurra, a dark hole where the sea water seems to become electric blue thanks to the way the light enters filtered by an underground cave. Indeed, Capri’s sea can be really appreciated by boat, as there are only two real beaches: Marina Grande and Marina Piccola.
Marina Piccola bay is a beach made of pebbles and it is reachable climbing the stepladder of Via Mulo. The beach is exposed to the meridional side of the island and, indeed, it offers a magnificent view of the Faraglioni (the three rocky peaks famous all around the world).
Procida is the smallest of the three islands of Naples but equally beautiful and interesting.It is called Isola dei Pescatori, which means “Island of Fishmen”, because it maintained that charm of a land that lives on fishing. In fact, here it is possible to notice how the old traditions and history coexist with colored little houses, crystal clear sea, and the lovely hospitality of the locals. As only mentioned, the sea, as in the whole Naples area, is wonderful, with its little beaches and beautiful cliffs.
Marina di Chiaiolella
This is the longest and most beautiful beach of the island and it is between the Santa Margherita Vecchia cape and the Punta Serra. This piece of coast is the most popular because of the beauty of the landscape, with the luxuriant vegetation with some rocky sections. Also, from this beach, it is possible to admire the beautiful Vivara islet