Positano is one of the most beautiful and charming villages along the Amalfi Coast. It is a relatively small village, but it is packed with picturesque buildings, blue water beaches and a ton of delicious restaurants. As a result, this beautiful village has quickly become a top travel destination year-round but should you visit Positano with kids?
Note about author: This is a guest post written by fellow Amsterdam travel blogger Samantha over at Sam Sees the World! She is a millennial traveler on a mission to seek the new and unknown so she can document her experiences and inspire others to travel this wondrous world.
Many people travel to Positano for a romantic getaway such as a honeymoon or an anniversary. But, what is less mentioned is that it is also a great travel destination for families with children. There are a ton of activities to do that will engage the whole family and lead to some fantastic memories together. Positano is also home to some amazing Italian restaurants and gelato shops, and what child doesn’t like pasta, pizza, and ice-cream?
If you are planning your next family vacation and want to go somewhere exciting for every member of the family, consider heading to Positano. Now, let’s get into everything you can do, see, and eat while traveling in Positano with kids.
Best Things to do in Positano with Kids
Positano Boat Rides
A prevalent activity in Positano is boating around the area. There are always a ton of boats on the water cruising along and enjoying the views. Visitors of Positano regularly rent boats or go on boat tours around the coast or to other cities in the area.
A boat ride to another city along the coast is best if your children are a little bit older and can stay out for multiple hours. Tours head to Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Naples and other cities along the coast daily that offers a great adventure and a nice change of scenery. Often the boat tours allow a couple of hours at the designated city where you can explore and try some of the activities special to that location.
More so, a boat ride around the coast is excellent for children of all ages. You can either rent a boat yourself or go with a tour company and spend a few hours on the water seeing the Amalfi Coast from afar. This is a fantastic way to spend the day. You even receive drinks and snacks on the boat and can jump off the boat into the water.
Best Positano Beaches with kids
Positano’s location along the coast provides ample beaches for you to enjoy. There are a ton to choose from all with different offerings; however, I will list the top three that are most suitable for families.
The first, and most famous, beach on the list is Spiaggia Grande. This beach is Positano’s main beach and is located right at the bottom of the village. This beach is the best option if you don’t want to have to travel any distance from Positano to enjoy the sun and water. However, Spiaggia Grande can get extremely busy during the summer months, so renting a sun-bed (20 euros) is essential to ensure you have room to move freely.
A second great beach for families is Fornillo Beach. This beach is a local favorite and has five restaurants on it, rentable sun-beds and a free area. It is significantly less busy than Spiaggia Grande; however, you must walk up and around the mountains for 15 minutes to get there.
The third option for families is Arienzo Beach. This beach is stunning from all directions, more secluded and has a restaurant on it. However, you must take a boat ride from the Positano port to get there.
Tip: Positano is not very stroller accessible. It’s best to leave them behind in favour of the carrier! If you are travelling in summer we recommend using a hot weather carrier!
Tip: Make sure you bring Water Shoes to all the beaches. In Positano, all the beaches are pebbly beaches and not sandy, and the rocks get extremely hot in the summer sun. Without shoes, you can quickly burn your feet.
Hiking the Path of Gods with Kids
Positano is a great place for adventures. While adventures with children slightly differ than experiences without children. Nonetheless, there are still a few things you can do with children that will excite that whole family.
One fun activity is the Path of Gods (Il Sentiergo degli Dei) hike. This hike is an exciting outdoor adventure that is fun and offers a beautiful view of Positano. The whole walk goes from Bomerano to Nocelle, but if your children are young, the entire hike may be too much. Therefore, you can opt for half the hike between Nocelle and Praiano. This hike is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some of the beauty of nature. Also, the views are incredible!
Another activity that everyone can get behind that is not half as strenuous as the hike is a search for the best gelato shop! Positano, like most Italian cities, is full of delicious gelato shops just waiting to be explored. Spend some time checking out the shops and choosing your favorite flavors and enjoy some cold gelato while spending quality time together.
Where to eat in Positano with Kids
Positano is a pretty luxurious vacation spot; therefore, most restaurants are high-end, and some are not very kid-friendly. However, there are a few spots that welcome children and make for a positive meal experience where everyone is happy. The best restaurant options amongst the various options within Positano are listed below:
- L’Incanto – This is a restaurant and pizzeria that serves delicious Italian food and has a full menu with options for everyone. It is located on Spiaggia Grande and has a huge outdoor seating area. The seating area also leads to the beach and your children can play on it while you enjoy a nice glass of wine.
- Da Vincenzo – Another excellent option for stellar Italian dishes in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Da Vincenzo offers great service, vegan and gluten-free options, and highchairs. This family-owned restaurant will welcome you with a smile and is an excellent place for a family meal.
- Collina Bakery – This is a one-stop shop for all the sweets, treats, coffee, and other bites you could need. Collina Bakery is the best place to get fresh and delicious pastries like cannoli or sfogliatelle. You can also head here for dinner and try one of their tasty pizzas and follow it up with one of their many gelato flavors.
A trip to Positano with kids is sure to be an exciting and fun adventure for the whole family. Don’t shy away from it as a travel destination just because of its label as a romantic destination, it is a destination for all, with more than enough to do, see and eat.