Capri is a popular resort town on the small island of the same name, located off the coast of Sorrento near the Gulf of Naples. Given its beautiful landscape, stunning beaches and proximity to Naples and Sorrento, Capri has become a popular destination for vacationing Italians and international travellers.
There are plenty of chic piazzas with trendy boutiques and relaxed cafés to enjoy in the small but lively towns dotted around the island. Travel outside of the towns and there are a number of ancient ruins, secluded villas and private coves to explore and enjoy.
The small towns and harbours on Capri sit in the shadow of five craggy mountains and the famous Faraglioni, three impressive stacks of limestone that tower out of the ocean. This rocky landscape creates a truly stunning vista on approach to the island from the mainland.
Small cruise ships can dock in the shallow waters of Marina Grande, the major marina on the north side of the island just 4 kilometres from the city of Capri. Large cruise ships dock further away from the island and ferry their passengers to shore on tender boats.
Although there is no purpose-built cruise terminal available on the island, there are a number of amenities available on the pier where the tender ferries dock at Marina Grande.
Facilities at the pier include:
- Tourist information office
- Souvenir stores
- Taxi rank
- Bus ticket office
- Funicular ticket office.
Bank and money exchange facilities are located within a short walk from the pier.
How To Get Around
A comprehensive yet cheap bus network connects the island and is the easiest transport option for day travellers. A fast and cheap option for commuting between Marina Grande and Capri is the funicular, a small, mountain climbing train. For the energetic, there are a number of walking trails between the many small townships and villages. Travellers should be aware that many of the trails involve steep sets of stairs. Taxis are also available, but are a costly option.
Travel times from the pier:
- It is an 8 minute journey to the centre of Marina Grande
- It is a 23 minute journey to the township of Capri
- It is a 31 minute walk to Marina Piccola
- It is a 35 minute journey to Villa Jovis.
- It is a 3 minute journey to the centre of Marina Grande
- It is a 7 minute journey to the township of Capri
- It is a 6 minute journey to Marina Piccola.
- It is a 10 minute journey to Capri (with services every 20 min)
- It is a 25 minute journey to Anacapri (with one transfer, services every 20 min).
- It is a 3 minute journey to the township of Capri (with services every 15 minutes).
- Currency - The currency in Capri is the euro (€). Notes come in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and €1 and €2 denominations.
- Time Zone - Capri uses Central European Time (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings is in effect between March and October. Capri is two hours ahead of UTC during this time.
- Weather - Capri enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate with warm, dry weather all year round. July is the hottest month, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius. January is the coolest month, with temperatures dropping to 9 degrees Celsius.
- Grotto Azzura - Perhaps Capri’s most famous natural landmark, Grotto Azzura is an immense sea cave that is illuminated by an almost-supernatural blue light (created by light reflected through a large submerged opening in the rock). Most tours to the grotto will take a motorboat from Marina Grande, with passengers transferring to small rowboats to enter the grotto itself.
- Villa Jovis - Accessible via a short walk along one of Capri’s most stunning streets, Villa Jovis is the largest and most impressive of the dozen Roman villas that were established on the island. The villa was originally built for Emperor Tiberius and includes all the opulent features you’d expect to see in a Roman Emperor’s holiday home: expansive gardens, indoor baths, expansive terraces, and grand staircases. While the villa is now in ruins, the site remains a popular destination for tourists.
- Certosa di San Giacomo - In the township of Capri sits the majestic Certosa di San Giacomo, a historic monastery that’s regarded as one of the finest examples of Caprese architecture left standing. The monastery comprises three buildings – one for the monk’s quarters, one for guest quarters, and the final for a pharmacy and women’s church. This historic building remains in use, currently housing a school, museum, library and exhibition space.