The Conca Dei Marini area lies about halfway between Amalfi and Positano, offering more of a suburb type feel versus being in the middle of it all in one of the bigger towns. The houses and villas sit high above the sea meaning you can wake up to the most spectacular sunsets.
But it also means a lot of steps and hill walking to get to things like the grocery store or local pizzeria.
We were talking with our cab driver one day and he told us because the road is so steep and narrow, not to mention extremely busy (people have to toot their horn before going through a turn to alert oncoming traffic of their presence), it’s pretty treacherous for tourists trying their hand at renting a scooter and puttering around. Apparently there are quite a few accidents involving tourists doing just that.
Scooter below borrowed for photo purposes only 🙂
Most days we would make the walk down to the supermarket or the restaurant. It was good exercise, and it’s such a pretty little area it was nice to get out and walk around. We also met a few friendly faces along the way.
The locals have made very good use of the land they do have available. One woman mentioned they should receive and award for most efficient use of scaffolding. Everywhere you look, whether it was for construction or general gardening, scaffolding was abundant. The hills were covered with lemon groves, countless olive trees, and a spattering of small gardens, including one that was home to a few geese.
If you make the long trek down to the sea, you will find the old port area.
The landscape is home to the fortified Tower of Capo di Conca, as well as the Monastery of St. Rosa.
It was closed while we were there, but you can also find the Emerald Grotto at the base.
The Conca Dei Marini was a stunning area, perfect for those who want to enjoy the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of the main towns.