Where to sunbathe: beaches in Sorrento, tried and tested

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I have always associated Sorrento with “Caruso”, a masterpiece of the Italian music. As Lara Fabian said in an interview, “when you hear that voice coming out of nowhere, when you start singing (…) you just see Italy, it’s all there”. And how couldn’t you, when Caruso starts with: “Here, where the sea is shinnying and where the wind blows strong, at an old terrace, in front of the Golf of Sorrento, a man hugs a girl….”  This is Sorrento, this is my Sorrento. I remember the first time I went there… the sun was preparing to set, and I was lucky enough to sit down at a terrace on top of the cliffs, overlooking the golf of Sorrento and the Vesuvius at the horizon. And whilst I was enjoying a glass of white wine watching the sunset, all of a sudden, a man started to sing Caruso. And I tell you, that was one of the most special moments of my life.

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Sorrento is magical, day and night. It is one of the expensive cities of Italy but that shouldn’t put you off visiting it. A lot of people arrive in Sorrento on a cruise, and don’t have too much time to visit. However, for the ones that do stay a few days here, I want to give you a bit of advice on the beaches of Sorrento, as when I was there I found this aspect of the city to be a bit tricky.

 

Where to stay in Sorrento

But first, where to stay in Sorrento? As I mentioned before, this beautiful city is very expensive, and the accommodation prices are not low. Plus, in summer, most of the good hotels get fully booked months before. As I am a member of the Hilton Honors loyalty program I would have loved to stay at their hotel in Sorrento, which is superb, but unfortunately it was fully booked for my chosen dates, when I checked, about 3 months ahead. Maybe you are more lucky, as it’s a wonderful hotel. Check here!

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The view from my room

I chose to stay at the Hotel & Spa Bellavista Franchischiello, a 3 stars hotel located in Massa Lubrense, a village just outside Sorrento. If you book a hotel outside Sorrento, the price you pay will be much lower, but you will get more value for your money. I booked a junior suite with a wonderful terrace overlooking Capri Island, for three nights, for the same price I would have paid for a single night in Sorrento. Plus, the hotel had a wonderful infinity pool on the roof and a spa free of charge! You can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Even if I hired a car, the bus to Sorrento stopped right in front of the hotel (and run every 20 minutes, every day) so I chose public transport into the city and back. The ticket only costs 1,60 euros.

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My huge terrace

Last time I was in Sorrento, a few years ago, I chose to stay at Seven Hostel, in Sant’Agnello, one train stop away from the city, on the Circumvesuviana. It was clean, had free breakfast and a rooftop bar with gorgeous views over the coast.



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What to wear at the beach in Sorrento

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My choice for the perfect swimsuit to take with me to Sorrento was the Watercult Ethnocation Bandeau Bikini from UK Swimwear. I have partnered with UK Swimwear for this trip to Italy and they offered me a bathing suit to try on during this holiday. I literally spent hours on their website to find the perfect one for me, as they have too many gorgeous ones.

I stopped at the Watercult swimsuit for a few reasons. One, I love my skin to be tanned so the bandeau top is perfect to get that perfect color without any lines. Second, the design is so pretty! I love the ethnic details on the top and on the bikini, which seem like they have been sewed by hand. Also, the bikini has the most gorgeous little golden pineapples, to make it stand out.

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I can easily say that I had the most beautiful bathing suit on the beach and at the hotel’s pool! 😊 I am not a model and I don’t have a perfect body, so I really appreciated how adjustable both the bikini and the top are. It fit me perfect!  You can buy this Watercult swimsuit from here.

 

The Beaches in Sorrento:

You should know that being on the cliffs, Sorrento doesn’t really have a classic sandy beach. If you want to sunbathe in the city you will need to choose one of the pontoons built over the sea, most of them belonging to beach clubs. There is no free beach in Sorrento, except for a tiny patch of black sand that it’s always in shade.

 

Marina Piccola

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If you want to sunbathe in Sorrento, then you will have to choose one of the beach clubs in Marina Piccola. To rent a lounger and an umbrella will cost you at least 15 euros per person, per day. All the beach clubs have restaurants where you can eat and order drinks or snacks.

The loungers are exclusively on the water, on man-built piers that stretch into the sea. To access the beach clubs you can either walk down the stairs from the promenade, or take the elevator which costs 1 euro.

 

Free beaches:

Sant’Agnello

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This is my favourite beach near Sorrento. Easy accessible by train in just a couple of minutes, Sant’Agnello is more of a local beach. I didn’t see tourists at all here. Situated at the bottom of the cliffs, you can either climb down or take the elevator for a 1-euro fee. I recommend climbing down going in and using the elevator coming back. The road is quite steep, and it does take a while to go up especially that you will have to avoid the cars as well.

The beach is Sant’Agnello has sun almost all day, until about 5PM, when it hides behind the cliffs. Next to the beach there is a tiny shop that makes delicious paninis, but also a family run limoncello distillery from where you buy and taste the famous Italian liquor. Probably the limoncello made in Sorrento is the best in the entire Italy because of the famous Sorrento lemons which grow only here. The locals say that limoncello tastes like a kiss from the sun. So shall we try it? 😊

 

Marina di Puolo

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Another small but beautiful beach is Marina di Puolo, which you can reach by bus A1 from Sorrento in just 5 minutes. The bus leaves you on the main road, from where you have to go down the cliffs. If you come with your car rental, there is a large parking area at the bottom of the hill.

The beach here is small and sandy, with beautiful views over the Vesuvius volcano. Here you can either bring your own towel or rent a lounger and/or an umbrella. There is a free beach and a private beach club as well. The water is quite shallow so it’s perfect for families with little children.

Alongside the beach there are plenty of restaurants as well, with prices much lower than in Sorrento. If you want to try a nice beer, I recommend having the birra rubia alla spina (draft) from La Tavernetta restaurant.

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Have you ever been to Sorrento?

Disclaimer:I have written this post in collaboration with Uk Swimwear who offered me a free swimsuit.

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34 Comments

  1. I’ve been to Italy, but not to Sorrento! Its beautiful here! The beaches and water are beautiful! I am going to agree with you,you probably did have the cutest suit! It is adorable!

  2. I never really thought about going to Sorrento before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

  3. I have never heard of this place before and it is absolutely gorgeous. I happen to love Caruso as well and your description makes me feel as though I am physically there.

  4. I’d love to go to the other coast of Italy! We always stay by the Adratic Sea because we have family there, but there are so many places I would like to see, like Sorrento!

  5. Loved loved loved your photos and first photo makes me go to this place right away. I have not heard about this place but looks totally a wonderful place to enjoy with family.

  6. I went to Sorrento on a school trip once (I was studying in ROme) it was dead of winter so not quite beach season, but pinned this because we are planning a family trip to Italy soon! I love that swimsuit! Looks gorgeous on you!

  7. First off, love the swimsuit, it looks great on you! I need to go back to Sorrento, I spent one night there years ago, but we spent the day in Capri. I would love to visit these local beaches that you found.

  8. Sorrento is way up there on my bucket list – I didn’t realise there were pontoons for sunbathing! Love the bikini, will need to have a look on the website next time I’m off somewhere beachy!

  9. Your photos are absolutely stunning! We’re thinking of going to Italy in the autumn, and I’m a beach person so saving this post for future use!

  10. This is a great post. It will be a really helpful post for anyone who is planning to visit Sorrento and wants to pre-plan some beach days!

  11. Sorrentto looks beautiful and attractive, it’s definitely going on my bucket-list. Italy has so many amazing cities and i do hope to go and check them out $or myself someday.

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