Known as the “pearl of the Mediterranean,” the small town of Amalfi at the heart of the famous Amalfi Coast offers something for everyone, from a rich history and culture to stretches of sandy beach. It’s jam-packed with magnificent medieval buildings and plenty of tasty Limoncello. No matter what time of year you come, there are likely to be some tourists here as it’s a popular destination year-round, but November through March (outside of the holidays) are quieter. You’ll also want to consider the weather when planning your trip. Many feel the very best time of year to visit Amalfi is in the spring, with May the sweet spot. The spring flowers will be in bloom and the temperatures are mild, ranging from around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall can be lovely too, especially mid-September through about mid-October, with the weather still pleasant, but the chance of rain and the possibility of mudslides are higher.
Sightseeing in Amalfi is best enjoyed when it’s not too hot or too cold and the crowds aren’t at their thickest, around mid-April through the month of May, with mid-September to about mid-October the next best. There is more rain in the fall, especially after October rolls around, and the later you arrive in the month, the greater the chance for heavy rains that can cause mudslides and road blockages, making it difficult to get around. Mid- to late spring is about as perfect as it gets when it comes to sightseeing weather, although there will be many other visitors here. In between sightseeing, you might even be able to enjoy time at the beach. If you don’t mind bundling up a bit, the lowest visitor numbers are in the winter, outside of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Summer is hot and humid, a time when days are better spent at the beach or pool.
Unlike many towns on the Amalfi Coast, the town of Amalfi has several beaches, including both sandy and pebbly stretches, and when the weather is warm enough, they offer a perfect place to swim in the crystal-clear blue waters of the Gulf of Salerno. If one of your top priorities is to spend a day or more swimming and relaxing at one of the beaches, you’ll want to visit when the sea is swimmable, from late May through mid-October. Early in the season, the sea temperature may be a bit cool for some, at around 71 degrees. In June it reaches 74 while July through August brings very warm sea temperatures of 78 to 79 degrees before falling again to 77 in September and back to 71 in October. To avoid the crowds and still enjoy water that’s pleasant enough for swimming, come during the first half of June or early to mid-September.
Sailing is one of the top things to do in Amalfi and throughout the Amalfi coast as one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world. Seeing the stunning shores from the water with towering cliffs and the precariously perched villages with their colorful homes is something you’ll never forget. The best time to visit Amalfi for sailing, is during the sailing season, from May through October. Group sailing excursions run through September, while barefoot and flotilla charters run into October. In the summer, the weather is stable, typically bringing only gentle winds with temperatures in the 80s. The hot, dry Sirocco winds come from the south, while the cooler Tramontana winds coming off the Apennines and the Alps arrive from the north. July and August is the peak of the season, which means paying the highest prices. For lower rates and good weather, sail in May, June, September, or early October.
Springtime is the best time to hike the trails throughout the Amalfi Coast. While it’s still a bit chilly in March with average daytime highs in the low 60s, days are often sunny and temperatures will continue to rise. If you visit Amalfi now, you’ll want to prepare for changing weather, with some cooler, rainy days that require a waterproof jacket and clothing that can be layered. Keep in mind that the higher you go in elevation, the lower the temperature will be. By the time April arrives, it’s significantly warmer with the average highs now in the low 70s. Around this time, colorful blooms will be bursting while colorful butterflies flitter about. Summer will be hot, making it best to avoid hiking during the middle of the day and bring plenty of water for hydration. Early autumn brings milder temperatures and fewer crowds, an ideal time for higher trails, including the Path of the Gods.
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