The best beach days on the Amalfi Coast have arrived, and it only seems fitting to share with you my favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast for this week’s Tempting Tuesday. Located just west of Amalfi is a small cove and spiaggia (beach) called Santa Croce. You can reach it by a short boat ride from Amalfi, or by heading down the 400 some steps that start from the Amalfi Coast road in Vettica. While we often go by boat, last Sunday I took the steps down for the first time. Going down is easy, but coming up after a long swim is a bit more work! But with stunning views around every turn of the twisting staircase, there are plenty of photo opportunities to stop and catch your breath.
The water is simply exquisite here! So clear and so clean, and swimming along the rocks you can find little grottoes with emerald water. Swimming a little more you will find the Arco Naturale, a natural arch over the sea, where locals say that those who kiss while swimming underneath are assured a lasting love. How sweet! While sitting on a beach nearby I found a heart shaped rock. Perhaps that is good sign?
There is a small section of the beach where locals throw down their towels and enjoy the sun and beautiful waters. Santa Croce is a very rocky beach, especially after the big winter storms his year, so many people opt for the other side of the beach where you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas. There is an excellent restaurant located at Santa Croce called Da Teresa, which you can see in the photo below. You can read more about Da Teresa on Lola’s excellent blog Forchettine. (In Italian) Enjoy lunch on the nice terrace, or simply grab a couple of their great sandwiches and continue enjoying the sun and amazing view from your beach chair.
Laura’s tip: Make sure you get a carafe of white wine with peaches from Da Teresa. They even give you little bamboo skewers to pluck the large pieces of peaches out when you are done. Heaven!
Where is your favorite beach on the
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Anne in Oxfordshire says
Looks absolutely stunning, I wish I had a travel partner, who could go before November, which is the only time I can holiday with my husband..
Your photos are soooo teasing ha ha 🙂 🙂 but brilliant.
And she does it again! You are my greatest sponsor, I don't know how to thank you!
I'm glad you mentioned "our" favorite, the peaches & wine, these are the significant details that remain sculpted in our memory after a great travel experience.
Ciao Laura, and again grazie for all that you do. For us bloggers and for the places of our heart.
I am sick with Envy! I am there in my head! I wouldn't mind the rocky beach at all especially if I had enough wine with peaches! Cheers!
Wanderlust Woman says
che bella spiaggia. Your photos look spectacular with your new program. what's the website?
jen laceda says
I miss the entire Amalfi Coast.
Beatriz Macias says
I hope to soon visit the Amalfi coast, it is so beautiful. I discovered your blog recentrly via Italy Italia, as I am a contributor as well. I will be coming back for more of your insight.
Barbara Jacksier says
Okay I'm tempted!The wine with peaches sounds divine. Only 23 days till we arrive.
Chef Chuck says
Sounds like a place I would enjoy. Plus good exercise on the stairs!
Ciao Anne! That is the idea… to tempt you to come! 🙂 I have to say also that I was on the beach at the beginning of last November. The water was a bit chilly, but the sun was lovely! 🙂
Ciao Lola! Yes, the peaches and wine is a very significant detail for me! 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope we can meet up this summer and enjoy a nice glass of something cool and tasty!
Ciao Lucia! Hah… good point! 🙂
Ciao Lisa! Thanks so much! I was having fun playing with all the photo features I have available now. The new program I've been using with Blogger is Windows Live Writer. (http://download.live.com/writer) I think it works with WordPress too. It is so easy to use!
Ciao Jen! I am sorry! I know what it is like to miss it here so terribly. I hope you can come back soon!
Ciao Beatriz! Welcome! So happy you found my blog. Lovely to meet another ItalyItalia contributor! What area do you write for? I look forward to heading over and checking out your blog. Thanks for introducing yourself! Ciao ciao!
Ciao Barbara! Ooh… not too much longer now! How exciting! When you get here it will be just perfect white wine with peaches weather. Yum!
Ciao Chuck! Yes, very good exercise indeed! Except I got to the top of the stairs and had a wonderful Sunday lunch. Kind of defeated the purpose of the walk! 🙂