Is Capri worth visiting? This is a question that has been asked by travelers planning on visiting Italy. Is the island of Capri worth traveling to, or is it just a place that people visit because they have to?
In this article, we will explore the island of Capri and try to answer the question once and for all. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of visiting Capri so that you can see if it’s the right destination for you.
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By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to decide why Capri should be (or shouldn’t be) on your Italy bucket list.
The Pros Of Visiting Capri: Reasons To Visit
The island of Capri is located near Naples and is a popular tourist destination. It is known for its natural beauty and as a playground for the rich and famous.
Capri is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation. The island has a mild climate, beautiful beaches, and stunning views. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Capri Is Good For Shopping
Capri is a great place to shop. The island has high-end designer stores as well as local boutiques selling handmade goods. You’ll be able to find everything from luxury brands to unique souvenirs on the island of Capri.
The Food Is Amazing
If you love Italian food, then you’ll definitely enjoy eating on the island of Capri. The seafood is fresh, and the pasta is delicious. You’ll find a variety of restaurants to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that you’ll enjoy.
Make sure to try the Caprese Salad, which is a traditional dish from the island.
There Are Plenty Of Things To Do
If you’re looking for things to do on your vacation, you’ll find plenty of options on Capri. There are a variety of activities to keep you busy, such as hiking, swimming, exploring the island, and visiting the local sights.
- Tour the island by boat
- Visit the Blue Grotto
- Shop in Capri Town
- Relax on Marina Piccola Beach
- Hike up to Villa Jovis
- Take the funicular up to Monte Solaro for panoramic views
- Sample the local limoncello
- Stroll through the Gardens of Augustus
- Visit the Chapel of San Michele
You Can Visit The Blue Grotto
One of the most popular attractions on Capri is the Blue Grotto. This is a cave that is filled with blue water. Visitors can take a boat tour of the grotto, which is illuminated by an underwater light. The blue waters and cave walls create a stunning effect.
To visit the Blue Grotto, you’ll need to take a boat tour. The tour will take you close to the cave and you’ll need to get into a smaller boat to get into the grotto, where you can see the blue waters and cave walls up close.
You should note that during high season (summer), you might have to wait in a queue to access the Blue Grotto. In busy times, you’ll need to wait between 1-2 hours.
Capri Is Ideal For A Boat Trip
If you love being on the water, then Capri is the perfect destination for you. The island has a variety of boat tours that you can take. You can go swimming in the crystal-clear waters, sunbathe on the deck of a yacht, or even go snorkel. This is the only way to reach the Blue Grotto.
The Views Around Capri Are Gorgeous
No matter where you go on the island of Capri, you’ll be able to see stunning views. The island is filled with picturesque villages, cliffs, and coastline. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera to capture the beauty of Capri.
We recommend going to Mt Solaro for some of the best views.
The Cons of Visiting Capri: Reasons To Skip It
Now that we’ve covered all the reasons why you should visit Capri, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you might want to skip it.
Capri Is Expensive
If you’re on a budget, then Capri is probably not the best destination for you. The island is known for being expensive.
Hotels, restaurants, and activities can all be pricier than what you’ll find in other parts of Italy. That said, you’ll have to get there by ferry (a round-trip ticket costs around EUR 40), and you’ll need to pay for public transportation as walking in Capri can get tricky (there are lots of stairs, and the main roads don’t have footpaths).
FERRY TICKETS: During the high season, ferry tickets get sold out quickly. It’s recommended to book your ferry a few days in advance.
It Can Be Crowded
Since Capri is such a popular tourist destination, it can get quite crowded. If you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing vacation, you might want to consider visiting another island.
We were visiting during June, and it was so packed already. We didn’t enjoy walking on tiny roads with lots of people everywhere. If you wish to avoid the crowds, consider traveling to Capri during spring, winter, or autumn.
There Is Limited Public Transportation
If you’re planning on exploring the island of Capri, you might need to use public transportation. However, there is limited public transportation on the island, so you might have to wait a while for the bus or simply take a taxi instead.
Taxis are definitely faster, but there are quite expensive. (You won’t pay anything below EUR 20 per ride.)
You Might Not Be Able To Swim In The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is one of the most popular attractions on Capri. However, it can only be visited by small boats, and there’s a queue to access it. Some people can wait for a couple of hours. Needless to say that you’ll need great patience to enjoy your time in Capri.
If you book a boat trip with a high hope to see the Blue Grotto, keep in mind you might spend the entire trip waiting.
The Final Verdict: So Is Capri Worth Visiting?
Overall, Capri is a beautiful island with plenty of things to do. The food is amazing, and you’ll find gorgeous views no matter where you go.
However, the island can be expensive and crowded, and there is limited public transportation. If you’re able to afford it and don’t mind dealing with crowds, then we recommend visiting Capri.
Otherwise, you might want to consider visiting another island in Italy or staying on the mainland.
During our day trip to Capri, we spent a few hundred dollars – which is quite a lot for one day. Overall, we loved two things during that day – Mt Solaro (which we visited in the early morning before the crowds arrived), and our private boat trip around the island.
I think the best way to enjoy Capri is to visit during the off-season or to stay for more than one day so you can avoid the crowds in the mornings and evenings. Many visitors come for a day trip, so at least, you could enjoy some quieter times once they leave around 6PM (the last ferry leaves around 6PM).
Also, you could try to find accommodation with a pool so you have a place to relax without having to deal with the crowds during the afternoons.
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