Wherever in the world I might be, seeking out hidden bays and beaches is always a pretty high priority. So on day 3 of our Amalfi Adventure, we chose beach over town and what a beach it was.
What we didn’t quite take into consideration was the trek to get there….. I had read it was about an hours hike but like most things we just took it lightly, and started our journey off in our flip flops , yes our flip flops! It wasn’t until we passed the 6th or 7th hiker with all the gear, hiking boots, hiking sticks, hats, you name it we realised we had NO gear and completely NO idea! But nothing was stopping us and with only ten minutes into the walk, the views back down to Nerano were stunning, looking over the sparkling green bay, with the pop of colour bright from the parasols, surrounded by floral, fauna and cacti, it was all worth the bruises from the dodgy footwear.
When we finally had the beach in clear sight, with the sun beating down on us, it was a bit of a jaw dropping, slightly smug and very happy moment. The Bay of Leranto, which was apparently considered sacred by the Ancient Greeks, was truly stunning, crystal clear, with clean jade green waters, which could measure up to any Greek Island in my book. After coming back round and allowing the knees to rest, we almost sprinted the last few steps down to the tiny cove and plunged ourselves straight into the water…. so refreshing, so calm, so beautifully brilliant!
Similar to the beaches of Nerano, the bay was a pebbly one, but surrounded by lots of rocks which we climbed upon with our sugary doughnuts ( brought previous to the hike, oh yes we never forget food supplies) and feasted away. We dried out and relaxed as if we were sloth like iguanas for the rest of the morning, dipping in and out of the water to cool off when required, the life! What was really quite lovely was that I think we were the only tourists on the beach, the rest, not that there were many, were Italian families enjoying their regular Saturday beach trip, so it really felt as if it we had found a little Amalfi secret cove.
The return journey, which we took in the middle of the day, again, such sensible hikers! although taking a lot longer, was in a strange way a little easier, maybe I’m just more of a climber than a hiker. But when you are surrounded by bluest of skies and with that coastline as a back drop, well, you really do not mind. So beautiful and so vast, continuously making you stop in your tracks when a yacht or a speed boat passed by, you really did just have to stop and take a minute.
We headed back to our apartment for lunch of left over pizzas from the previous night, just as good or even better cold, and then headed back down to our regular spot down in the Marina del Cantone. We whiled away the afternoon reading, swimming and hydrating on Granite limon, on our yellow striped sun beds, before we found ourselves back at our favourite little bar, tiny bar even, YeYe. With cream coloured deck chairs amongst the fishermen’s boats looking out to the water and the coolest sound, we sat watching families gathering and wandering to dinner whilst quenching our thirst on Proseccos and Aperol spritz, which come with a mezze of nuts and olives, happiness is….
These type of days are my favourite holiday days, when you are so relaxed and chilled that you move straight from the beach to drinks in the evening, yes my hair is a knotted frizz and I am covered in beach, but a blanket of dust, salt and sun, whilst tucking into a bowl of Spaghetti & Zucchini, was the absolute perfect way to end our time in beautiful Nerano.
As we hiked back up yet another hill to our apartment, even in our fuzzy limoncello state, we knew that we had found something gloriously special in Nerano, and fell into bed dreaming up plans to return…..
……next stop Sorrento
Bikini Bottoms: Shein Official
Bikini Top : Asos
Blue Striped Shirt |Old H&M
Lemon Dress | & Other Stories
Anklet | Missoma
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