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Conca dei Marini

Conca dei Marini

Praiano is in the middle of the Amalfi Coast, between Positano and Amalfi, is the lesser-known but beautiful village of Praiano. It is a seaside resort that has retained its atmosphere as a quiet fishing town throughout the centuries.

Conca dei Marini is a pearl on the Amalfi Coast amongst scented lemon orchards and flamboyant flowers. Less renowned than the nearby neighors of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano, the village has impeccably preserved the old charm of a fishing village, with white houses tucked into the rock, like precious stones in a sculpted setting.

Dark green vegetation is speckled here and there by the bright yellow of the splendid lemons of the Coast: these are the dominant colours of the area, contrasted by the brilliant blue of the water.

The village stretches itself out along a small bay, overlooked by the so-called Torre Saracena (Saracen Tower) a watch tower built in 1563 with defensive purposes – to prevent probable Saracen pirates’ invasions that were becoming all-too-common at the time.

The main draw of Conca dei Marini is the Grotta dello Smeraldo, a marvelous karst cavity, one of the most famous in the world! Officially discovered by a local fisherman, Luigi Buonocore, in 1932, it was actually renowned in the previous century, too. The name comes from the several shades of emerald green that cast over the water inside the sea cavern, a phenomenon caused by a submarine fissure that filters the sunlight. In 1956, the local fishermen created a spectacular underwater nativity scene with pottery statues. Every Christmas, a group of scuba divers put down the Infant Jesus with bunches of coloured fresh flowers. You will be able to see all this from the crystalline waters. Grotta dello Smeraldo is accessible by both sea and land (from SS 163), where you’ll find an elevator.

Just above Conca dei Marini you will find the Convent of St Rosa built in the XIV century. The Convent is famous as the birthplace of the internationally-renowned Neapolitan dessert called sfogliatella, which was first made by the nuns in the 17th century. This delicious dessert is celebrated every year on August 30, with the local Festa della St Rosa.

But the main draws of Conca dei Marini are the less-crowded beaches and its laid-back fishing village atmosphere, a contrast to the better-known towns on the coast.

History

In the past Conca dei Marini was satellite centre of the biggest and richest Amalfi. It served the capital of the Dukedom from the economical point of view, having at its disposal a good group of boats for fishing or for trades also at long-range, and since it represented the arrival point of cut wood which arrived from Agerola woods.

It shared its fate with Amalfi period of enfeoffment and then of the annexation to Italy Reign. After a period of sharing administration with the near Furore, it became an independent municipality.

The village coast of arms contains an important reference to the role that it had during the angevin period, in fact there are three lilies of France, heraldic symbol of D’Angiò family.

Things to see and do in Conca dei Marini

When you are in Conca dei Marini you can admire the green of terraced gardens competes with (and loses to) the blue sea, while the town's distinctive houses flanking the ridges have thick, white walls, with cupolas, balconies, and external staircases, testimony to former Arabic, Moorish, and Greek settlements. Below, on Capo di Conca, a promontory once used as a cemetery, a 16th-century coastal tower dramatically overlooks the sea. On a curve in the road sits the village's most noteworthy attraction, the Emerald Grotto. While it all might seem overly tourist-focused at first glance, pause long enough in Conca dei Marini and you'll quickly discover the intense beauty that is its most lasting attraction.

Capo di Conca

Surrounded by the thick vegetation of Capo di Conca, a rock overlooking the sea, stands the Saracen Tower, initially used to spot the invasions of Arab pirates.The path leading to the tower is one of the best known and most admired on the coast.We recommend this walk, because it allows you to discover natural coves and rocks that deserve to be seen.

Conca dei Marini Beach

With its wonderful patches of emerald set in a blue-glass lagoon, Conca dei Marini’s harbor is one of the most enchanting visions on the coast.

Descend (and later ascend!) the steps past the Borgo Marinaro houses (a colony for off-duty celebrities) and down to the harbor, set with cafés and a little chapel dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve that seems to bless the picture-perfect beach.

Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; showers; toilets.
Best for: snorkeling, swimming.

The church of San Pancrazio

The church of San Pancrazio martyr, 1300, placed on a tree-lined square: from this point, a solemn procession in honor of the Madonna generally starts on every year in mid-July. The sea view from the church is really stunning!!!

Visiting the Emerald Grotto

The Emerald Grotto was discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman and its name derives from the particular color of the water.
The cave is rich in columns, stalactites and stalagmites.
From June 15 to December 31 the visit within the marine speleological complex is carried out with with guided boats.

Amalfi Coast Private Experience by Boat

Departure from Positano
Duration: 8 or 4 hours
From: 700 €

A boat trip is the perfect way to discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast in one day, leaving.
From Positano we will sail through Praiano, Marina di Praia, the famous Fiordo di Furore patrimony of the UNESCO and the beautiful Emerald Grotto.

The cruise follows to Amalfi the glorious Sea republic.
Departure from Positano along the way to Amalfi we will admire the unique scenery of our Amalfi Coast.

Then from our boat we will see: Praiano with the Gavitella beach, the “Grotta Dell ‘Africana” and Marina di Praia, a small fishermen village. It is possible also visit the Emerald Grotto (extra €5 pp cash to be paid directly there), this visit is optional, you can decide with the skipper if you want to visit it or not.

After this the excursion will restart passing through Conca dei Marini, the natural Arch, Amalfi, Atrani with the waterfalls of Marmorata. If you wish you can stop in Amalfi for have some free time to see the center of the town and enjoy a nice walk on the main street visiting the S. Andrea’s Cathedral.

The skipper can also book a table for you in a seaside restaurant along the Coast. You can stop for a swim in the limpid waters of the coast for a refreshing and relaxing bath. We will then return to Positano.
On board you can enjoy a wide selection of drinks available for you.


Capri Private Experience by Boat

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration: 8 or 4 hours
From: 850 €

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia) * at 09.30 am towards the island of Capri. Along the way we will also pass through the famous island “Li galli” known throughout the world for the famous legend that saw it as the “home” of the mermaids, mysterious creatures that tempted sailors with their soft singing. You will then reach Capri, one of the most famous and requested destinations in Campania.

Then you will visit the most beautiful spots of Capri, such as the White Cave, the Natural Arch, the Faraglioni, one of the most romantic and evocative sceneries of Capri. Arriving at the port you will have the opportunity to choose how much free time you have at your disposal to visit the center of Capri and go shopping, or the sailor will recommend a good restaurant along the coast where you can enjoy a good meal overlooking the sea.

Back on board you will visit the Green Grotto, Punta carena with its lighthouse and the Blue Grotto (extra ticket 15 € pp cash to be paid directly there), this visit is optional, you can visit it or decide with the sailor not to visit it. Your sailor will also be able to advise you of splendid coves where to stop for a bath. On board you can take advantage of a wide selection of drinks available for you.

*we also offer departures from Praiano Marina di Praia (09.30 am to the boarding pier)
Praiano Gavitella (09.30)

Included in the price: soft drinks (water, coca cola, tea), a bottle of Prosecco and beach towels

*This is just an exemple of tour, you can change the itineray based on your need directly with the captain.

*The boarding dock of Positano during the high season time can be really busy, sometimes you can find queue for boarding.

NB: The visit of Blue Grotto is not always possible because the opening of the cave depends by the weather and sea conditions. Our boat will stop at the entrance of the cave, from there you will pass a small rowing boats managed by the Cooperative Battellieri of Capri, the only ones that allow entry into the cave. In high season the queue at the entrance is very long, for this reason the visiti s a group decision.


Sunset Cruise

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration: 1 hour 30 min
From: 260 €

The sunset cruise is a perfect tour if you wish to spend just few hours on a boat cruising along the Amalfi Coast.

We offer two itineraries:

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia), cruising along the Coast you’ll arrive until the Li Galli island, a private island.

One of the first owners of the island was the famous Russian dancer Rudolf Hametovic Nureyev who spent its life on the island and used it for important dance events.

You can enjoy the beauty of the islands, three small islands near each other, you’ll stop there and enjoy a nice aperitif on board. On the way back we sail though Testa del Faraone and Punta Germano until Positano.

Departure from Positano/Praiano, cruising along the Coast you’ll see Praiano with la Gavitella beach, Marina di Praia (an old fishermen village) until the famous Fiordo di Furore.

There you can enjoy a nice aperitif on boar with an amazing view on the Capo di Conca (on one side) and Praiano on the other side.

 

Li Galli Tours

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration: 3 hours
From: 230 €

Li Galli Tour (daily, cost from 230 € 2/4 px 270€ 5/6 pax :

Tour: Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia) *, to the Li Galli island. The tour lasts three hours.

On the route to get to the Galli island, you will admire the splendid Bay of Fornillo with the two Saracen towers, the Torre Trasita and the Torre Clavel.

Once you arrive at Li Galli island there will be a complete tour of the island and stop for a swim in the clear waters of our coast.

* We also offer departures from:

Praiano Gavitella (09:55 – 13.55)
Positano Spiaggia Grande (Positano Boats Stand Office on the beach)

Included in the price: soft drinks (water, Coca Cola, tea) and beach towels

 

Procida Private Tour

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration: 8 hours
From: 1800 €

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia) * (09.30), towards the island of Procida.

Along the way we will pass through the bay of Nerano and the island of Capri, one of the most famous destinations in Campania.

Then we will reach Procida, the third largest island in the Neapolitan area.

Procida is also the island of culture, in fact the novel “the island of Arturo” by Elsa Morante is set here. It is also the island where “Il Postino” by Massimo Troisi was filmed.

You will have free time on the island to admire the historic city center. The sailor will also be able to recommend a restaurant on the island for lunch. You will have time for a swim in the beautiful coves of the Campania coast between Positano and Procida.

On board you will find an ice box equipped with water, coca cola, tea and a bottle of Prosecco.

Included in the price soft drinks, a bottle of Prosecco, beach towels

 

Ischia Private Tour

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration: 8 hours
From: 1800 €

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia) * (9.30), towards the island of Ischia. Along the way we will pass through the bay of Nerano and the island of Capri, one of the most famous destinations in Campania.

It will then reach Ischia, an island famous throughout the world for its natural thermal springs, it covers an area of ​​46 square kilometers and is administratively divided by 6 municipalities: Barano d’Ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Forio d’Ischia, Ischia, Lacco Ameno and Serrara Fontana.

The landing is scheduled in Ischia Porto where you will have three hours of free time on the island to visit the famous Aragonese Castle, which stands on a trachytic rock island connected to the eastern side of the island of Ischia by a masonry bridge 220 meters long, or enjoy some shopping along the main street of Ischia Porto. The sailor will be able to recommend a restaurant on the island for lunch.

You will also have time for a swim in the beautiful coves of the Campania coast between Positano and Ischia. On board you will find an ice box equipped with water, coca cola, tea and a bottle of Prosecco.

* we also offer departures from:

Praiano Marina di Praia 09.30

Praiano Gavitella 09.30

Included in the price soft drinks, a bottle of Prosecco, beach towels


“Like a dream” Wedding Proposal

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration:1 hour 30 min
From: 450 €

Positano and the Amalfi Coast are known throughout the world not only for their beauty but also for the unique romanticism that these landscapes offer. If you are looking for the perfect spot for an unforgettable marriage proposal, this is the tour for you.

A sunset cruise with an aperitif and a professional photographer to capture these unique moments. The tour consists of a sunset cruise or along the Amalfi Coast (where you can admire Marina di Praia, a small fishing village and the Fiordo di Furore) or to the island of Li Galli.

On board you will find an ice box with various drinks and a bottle of Prosecco for an aperitif on board.

* the tour includes: professional photographer, soft drinks, Prosecco and beach towels

On request we can also combine a bouquet of flowers / a small cake / live serenade with mandolin

Also you can decide directly with the skipper on board the perfect place for your proposal


Amalfi Coast half day tour

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration: 4 hours
From: 400 €

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia) * at 10.00 on the way to Amalfi enjoy the unique scenery in the world, our Amalfi Coast.
Admire from the boat Praiano with the cove of Gavitella, the “Grotta dell’Africana” and Marina di Praia, a small fishing village.

You can also visit the Emerald Grotto (extra €6 pp cash to be paid directly there), this visit is optional, you can choose whether to visit the cave or stay on board.

It will then resume the excursion passing through Conca dei Marini, the natural Arch and Amalfi.On the way back to Positano you’ll stop for a swim in the limpid waters of the coast .On board you can enjoy a wide selection of drinks available for you.

* We also offer departures from:

Praiano Marina di Praia (09:50 – 13.50 at the boarding pier)

Praiano Gavitella (09:55 – 13.55)

Included in the price: soft drinks (water, Coca Cola, tea) and beach towels


Capri Group day tour

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)
Duration: 8 hours
From: 80 € (max 12 pax)

Departure from Furore (Marina di Praia)* at 09:00 for the island of Capri. You will arrive in Capri, one of the most famous and requested destinations of Campania, passing by the most beautiful points of Capri, like the White Grotto, the natural arch, the Faraglioni rocks, one of the most romantic and suggestive scenery of Capri.

Arriving at the Marina Piccola port you will have 4 hours of free time at your disposal for lunch, visit the centre of Capri and go shopping. The skipper will give you a meeting point with the extact boarding time directly the day of the tour.

Back on board you will visit the Green Grotto, Punta Carena with its lighthouse and the famous Blue Grotto (extra €15 pp cash payable directly there), this is an optional visit and a group decision if the queue is too long*. On the way back to Positano you can stop for a relaxing bath in the waters of a beautiful bay, quiet and with clean water that the skipper will suggest. On board you can enjoy a wide selection of soft drinks available for you.

* We also offer departures from:

Praiano Marina di Praia (08:50 at the boarding pier)

Praiano Gavitella (08:55)

Included in the price: soft drinks (water, Coca Cola, tea) and beach towels

 

NB: The visit of Blue Grotto is not always possible because the opening  of the cave depends by the weather and sea conditions. Our boat will stop at the entrance of the cave, from there you will pass a small rowing boats managed by the Cooperative Battellieri of Capri, the only ones that allow entry into the cave. In high season the queue at the entrance is very long, for this reason the visiti s a group decision.

Classic Cooking Class in Praiano

Learn about Amalfi Coast regional cooking . Our primary objective is to teach our recipes, rich in local tradition that will remain in the hearts of those who

When you dream about Italy, you definitely think about Praiano
Among its alleys, the colorful houses and its breathtaking views, you will discover its authentic flavors. This region is famous for the quality of its raw materials, protagonists of wonderful dishes that you will taste in a local home!

You can’t visit Italy without trying at least one pasta dish… So we’ll serve you two!

You will be welcomed into a la Cala Gavitella host’s home to enjoy “Bis di primi”, two pasta recipes followed by one of Italy’s most popular dessert, the tiramisu.

Feel like part of the family as you enjoy lovingly prepared regional recipes, accompanied by carefully selected local wines.

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