The small and legendary island of Capri is split in half by the Monte Solaro. To the west you will find the quieter area of Anacapri, and to the east you have the more lively area of Capri. The old and acclaimed town of Capri can be found up in the hillside with two hillsides sloping down towards the sea, one which runs down to the Marina Grande and the other towards the Marina Piccola.
If you want to experience the real ambience that Capri has to offer, the best area to stay is Capri town, in a hotel with sea views if possible. The majority of the town’s bars, restaurants and activity can be found between the Piazzetta and the Villa Heliios. Along the roads leading up to it, there are several pedestrian streets lined with small boutiques such as the Via Croce, Le Botteghe and the Via Fuorlovado, with Via Camerelle deserving special attention.
The Marina Piccola can be accessed by cable car, where you will find many restaurants with amazing views for enjoying long and tasty lunches. The beach is peaceful and has perfectly crystal-clear water.
Another great place to stay is the Marina Grande, where some hotels even have direct access to the beach. It is also close to the port area, where you can take boat trips to explore other areas in the region. One of the most popular day trips is a visit to the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto). The area also boasts a great selection of bars, restaurants and seafront shopping.
BEST LOCATED HOTELS IN CAPRI
La Reginella Hotel
Via Matermania, 36
82€ - 99$
Capri Wine Hotel
Via Provinciale Marina Grande, 69
RECOMMENDED / BEST VALUE
170€ - 206$
Via Croce 4
194€ - 235$
Via Campo di Teste, 8
201€ - 243$
Via Federico Serena, 20
306€ - 370$
Via Camerelle, 2
539€ - 652$
J.K. Place Capri
Via Provinciale Marina Grande, 2
900€ - 1,089$
On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Capri, Italy, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.
With an area that spans just 10 km², it is hard to find a bad place to stay on the romantic island of Capri. However, if you want to make the most of what this idyllic destination has to offer, it´s best to stay in one of the hotels with views of the Tirreno Sea in the small but lively city that gives its name to the island.
When exploring Capri on foot, you can visit the famous Piazzetta (small square), which still conserves its modest urban architecture and is at the epicentre of the island´s bustling social scene, as well as explore the exclusive luxury boutiques on Via Camarelle or wander along the natural and picturesque path up to the Arco Naturale.
The accommodation options located in the centre of town, on the side of the hill looking over the Piccola marina or in front of the bustling Marina Grande port guarantee easy access to the rest of the must-see places. From the Marina Grande port, a funicular railway transports passengers straight to the Piazzetta in just 3 minutes. You can also enjoy a pleasant walk along the winding Via Krupp from the centre, which leads all the way to the glamorous Piccola Marina clubs. Although sometimes overcrowded, there are many bus and boat trips that connect the city with Anacapri and other places of interest.
Anacapri, the other area in Capri
The area of Anacapri, which is set slightly further out from the bustling Marina Grande and the busy Piazzetta, offers a quieter experience than busy Capri, offering a calmer nightlife and beautiful views over the vineyards and olive groves.
From Anacapri, a cable car which rides all the way down into the sunset, transports passengers up to Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island; an oasis with panoramic visits where all of the islands flowers flourish. Within walking distance from any of the towns´ accommodations, you can also visit Anacapri´s Napoleonic forts, exploring the road that joins the lighthouse and the famous Gruta Azul, stopping off at the small covey beaches such as Mesola and Orrico on your way.
Although it is well connected to the city of Capri, you don´t need to travel to the town centre to sample the best gastronomy or shopping. Anacapri offers the exclusive Lido di Faro beach club restaurant for example, as well as busy streets such as Viale Axel Munthe, with numerous clothes and artisan shops.