Are you thinking about visiting Positano with kids, toddlers or even a baby? Positano is one of the most beautiful and charming villages along the Amalfi Coast but is it a family friendly place to visit? In this guide we will tell you everything you need to know about visiting Positano with families including where to stay, what to eat and of course the best things to do in Positano with kids.
Overview of Visiting Positano with Kids
Positano 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?
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.
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Positano with Kids, Toddlers and Baby tips
Should I take a stroller to Positano?
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.
And while Positano isn’t the easiest place in the whole of Italy to visit with toddlers it is a beautiful place to visit. For more information on using a stroller in Italy check out this post.
Pack Water Shoes
The beaches in Positano are beautiful but also pebbly and rocky. These can be uncomfortable to walk on and if you are visiting Positano in summer you will that these rocks can get very hot. Therefore if you are traveling to Positano with toddlers or older kids you may want to pack some water shoes to help protect their feet!
Where to stay in Positano with Kids
One of the biggest concerns about visiting Positano with kids has to be the expense. Positano is not renowned for being the most budget friendly place. Also its association with honeymooners and romantic vacations means that finding a true kid friendly hotel can be a little daunitng. However fear not there are some!
Where to eat in Positano with Kids
Italy is a famed foodie destination. And it is a great food destination with kids. Unlike other countries where the food may be spicy or more challenging to toddlers palletes, Italy has some of little ones favorite foods. I mean there aren’t many children who don’t love pizza, pasta or gelato.
However Positano is a pretty luxurious vacation spot; therefore, there are a lot of restaurants that are high-end, and some are not very kid-friendly. For instance the La Sponda restaurant is one of the most renowned restaurants in the town having received Micheline stars. However it is worth noting that children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the restaurant and children around this age may not find the food as appealing.
However, there are a few spots that welcome children and make for a positive meal experience where everyone is happy. Some of our favorite places in Positano to visit with kids include:
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.
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.
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.
Best Things to do in Positano with Kids
So now you know where to stay and where to eat in Positano with kids, we will turn our attention to the best things to do in Positano with kids.
Positano Boat Rides
A must do 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 as some toddlers in Positano may find it a biy long.
There are regular tours that 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.
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 (25 euros) is essential to ensure you have room to move freely.
Note: it surprises many visitors to Positano and the Amalfi Coast generally, that the beaches here are very pebbly instead of sandy. For this reason you will want to rent a seat and also want to protect your feet from them as in summer by the end of the day the rocks get very hot. Therefore water shoes are an essential for families visiting Positano.
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: 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
See the Grotta dello Smeraldo
I love visiting caves as do my kids. Positano has a beautiful natural cave in the form of Grotto dello Smeraldo.
Hiking the Path of Gods with Kids
Positano is a great place for adventures. 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.
If you are traveling to Positano with toddlers or babies we recommend you bring a carrier over a stroller for this hike as it would be almost impossible to do with only a stroller. And if you can we recommend packing a carrier that is good for hot weather as Positano in summer can get very hot.
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.
Visit other Towns
As I mentioned above Positano is on the Amalfi Coast and is one of the best towns to visit with kids in my opinion. However if you are heading to Positano you should not restrict yourself to staying in this one village. Be sure to spend at least one day in your Positano itinerary exploring other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
For a full Amalfi Coast with kids guide check out this post.
Positano is a great place to go shopping. Whether you want to shop for sweets, toiletries, or clothes you will find some great souvenirs in Positano.
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.
Thanks once again to Samantha from Sam Sees the world for writing this guest post for us!
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