After arriving in Naples on our cruise ship we decided to take the fast passenger ferry to Capri for the day. The ticket office for the ferry is just to the right of the port entrance, easy to find and has English speaking staff. The cost in May 2017 was €39.10 per person return and takes around 45 minutes, going regularly throughout the day.
The ferry was large and clean with comfortable seating and a bar serving hot and cold drinks. We had a rather choppy crossing, the staff were very attentive making sure passengers stayed seated and handed out the plastic bags when needed!
Once we reached the island and regained our stomachs we decided to head up to Anacapri. Using Google maps I established that there was a walkway up that would take around 40 minutes, so after seeing the line for the bus we decided to walk.
My first mistake was trusting Google maps! That 40 minute walk turned into a 90 minute climb up 921 steps. It turns out we were walking up the Phoenician steps, these where constructed by the ancient Greeks to join Capri and Anacapri. Although restored in 1998, the steps are still pretty uneven and very deep in places. In my opinion only active people that are steady on their feet should attempt this walk.
Once I was over the shock of the climb I started to notice the magnificent views we were being treated to, something that I would never have seen from a cramped mini bus!
When you reach the end of the steps you are right in the heart of Anacapri’s beautiful shops, restaurants and churches.
In the centre of the town is the entrance to the Monte Solaro chairlift, this is a single seater lift with a safety bar across your lap. Something else to bear in mind is that you have to get on and off the lift whilst it is moving. This isn’t as hard as it sounds and there are always staff on hand to help you. Lift costs €11 return per person. The lift does not go very high from the ground so not at all frightening or dangerous.
After a 15 minute ride you reach the summit of Monte Solaro. Once there you are treated to a fantastic view across the island and the bay of Naples. There is a little cafe at the top, serving snacks, hot and cold drinks including beer and wine. It’s not overly expensive given the location. The day we visited it was pretty cool at the summit so we didn’t spend too long there, just enough time to take photo’s and have a coffee.
Once back in Anacapri we decided to take a little walk out of the town to catch the bus back to Grande Marina. This is a tip I had picked up from various forums, after exiting the chairlift walk along the road to the left! We walked past the first bus stop (there was along line) to the one before it, we were the only people at this stop and the bus was empty when it arrived after 10 minutes.
The ride back down to Grande Marina costs €1.80 per person, the bus carries around 36 people with only 8 seats. It gets very hot and cramped but still better then walking down! Alternatively there are many taxi’s available around €25 one way.
Strolling along the shops and restaurants on the front at Grande Marina we stopped off at L’Approdo for lunch. Eating lovely food outside in the sun, over looking the marina was a well earned treat. Between 4 adults we had 2 pizza’s, 2 fries, 2 beers and 1/2 litre of house red wine for around €50 in total.
Following a dessert of Gelato whilst walking around the shops we headed back to the ferry for Naples. All tickets have a return time on them (you choose the time you require when booking) so you do have to do a little clock watching to make sure you don’t miss the boat!
The ferries are pretty easy to find, there is an electronic board at the end of the pier telling you which dock to go to. Also each boat has the destination and time of departure on the back of it. I’m glad to say our return journey was much better, still choppy but not enough to make people ill.
Capri is a fabulous day out from Sorrento or Naples, if you are looking for a real escape from the world then stay for a few days!
For price details see my Capri fact sheet.