Praiano is a town on the Amalfi Coast, located between Positano & Amalfi. It is not as well known or as populated with tourists & restaurants as the other two (though oddly enough, the only nightclub on the whole Amalfi Coast, Africana is there & was frequented by celebrities such as Jackie Onassis in their day) which held a lot of appeal for our getaway.
As it's not so popular with tourists during the peak season - accommodation cost is more reasonable, the vibe is more laidback and you don't feel like you're paying the tourist price for the delicious fresh seafood.
One of the reasons we decided to stay in Praiano was we wanted a relaxing ocean summer escape away from the crowds, and I wanted to be near the ocean without the pressure of having to buy a drink, buy a meal ie. a more local beach.
Though the many beach umbrellas often found on the Amalfi are indeed a Instagram-worthy photographic sight - to me it also represents just hectic crowds, fighting for space on the beach, worrying about leaving your belonging on a beach lounge etc - pretty much not relaxing at all! Especially having grown up in Melbourne, Australia, where there's such long stretches of beach & ocean where you can be the only person there - the crowds are not what I envision when I dream of a beach holiday.
As soon as we arrived and settled things into our little B&B, we headed straight to check out the main beach in Praiano - Marina di Praia (photos above not mine, as I was too busy stuffing my face with lunch ^^). It reminded me of the beaches in Greece & Croatia, with its pebbly dark grey sand/rock and the vividness of the ocean colour. From our B&B it took roughly 30-45mins walk (down and up a lot of steps) as we also got lost exploring.
We sunbathed on the concrete pier for a couple hours with a couple dips in the ocean then headed back to decide on our dinner options.
In our time in Praiano, we only went to Marina di Praia once, as we fell in love with the beach La Gavitella that was closer to our B&B.
Gavitella Beach is reached by winding steps down Praiano to the cliff face. From our little B&B, it was roughy 324 steps down (great work out a few times every day!) to this beautiful little enclave.
On one side of the rocks, is a restaurant & bar with the colourful umbrellas and the other side is a concrete pier with some raised slabs perfect for sunbathing. The photos above are of the side we always relaxed on all day.
This picturesque view below greeted me everyday, as we walked to the beach.
Right before Gavitella Beach, are these gorgeous villas inbuilt into the cliff face. If we visit the Amalfi Coast again - I so would love to stay here!
Praiano is also known for having the best views of the sunset on all the Amalfi Coast, and sunset/dusk time is truly a beautiful time.
Below the town square and the church, some evenings little night markets pop up with the locals selling numerous bric & brac.
This sleepy little coastal town was such a beauty to relax in and recharge, not only just for its beautiful surroundings but the laidback feel of the people and the delicious food we constantly ate! To come in the next post! teehee yes it deserves its own entire post!