So there we were, 650 metres above the beach town of Amalfi and the next bus was not for at least another 2 hours (if it showed up at all). So what choice did we have?
Retire back to the gorgeous Beata Solitudo hostel or man up and walk under the scorching summer sun?
Turned out to be one of the best decisions of our trip.
Agerola to Amalfi
The best place to start this tale is probably with us waiting at the bus stop. Cole being the super organised OCD traveller that he is had us at the bus stop 5 minutes before the expected departure departure. The locals in Agerola, who are well known for being so laidback that they are nearly horizontal, had changed the bus timetable and no one had bothered to update the schedule.
40 minutes later we gave up.
Stuck ridiculously far away from the beach we longed for and with no other option we headed for the local track. This track was actually used in the past as the only route to between Agerola to Amalfi with locals carrying their goods up and down each day to sell at the markets. Luckily for us it was downhill only.
Bounding down the first few steps only 100m from the hostel we were eager to catch our first glimpse of the Tyrrhenian Sea. And we were not disappointed. As the track rounded the first corner the view split open before our eyes and we were rewarded with the most jaw dropping view of this dramatic coastline.
The sunlight danced across the unnaturally blue water that seemed to stretch in every direction forever. While the town of Agerola at our backs disappeared behind the ragged cliff face.
Lizards scuttled playfully over the path. Tree branches dangled down in front of our faces while overgrown weeds tugged at our legs through the many cracks. Ruins of ancient stone buildings long forgotten peeked out from amongst the trees.
It was as if we had stepped into a world that no one else inhabited.
After 40 minutes of hard slog the landscape changes as you reach the outskirts of small villages. Houses cluster together perched in places you would never think to build a house. Their balconies hanging over the 500 foot drop.
Lemon groves hug the precipices and the road starts its hairpin turn decent down the mountain.
Here the path we had been following disappeared and instead countless alleyways and stairs wound between the houses. There didn’t seem to be a wrong path as they all led down which was the only way we wanted to go.
Closer to the shoreline the views become even more stunning. Narrow stretches of beach appear from their hiding places tucked into the shadows of the cliffs. Each only accessible by boat.
The Agerola to Amalfi walk takes you right to the heart of Amalfi town. Kicking off our dusty shoes we headed straight for a well deserved swim. Followed by a refreshing gelato ice cream.
While the walk is not as long or as physically demanding as the well known Path of the Gods, it’s a quick alternative with spectacular views. Plus you will escape the crowds and have the path virtually to yourself.
Where to stay in Agerola – Beata Solitudo
If you want a slightly cheaper option than Positano or Amalfi then staying in Agerola is a great option. And the best place to stay in Agerola would be Beata Solitudo.
With outstanding views along the Amalfi coastline there are plenty of buses to and from Agerola. Or you can try out the Agerola to Amalfi walk above.
Beata Solitudo has all the options for travelling couples from the campground and backpackers for a budget option to the luxurious Bed and Breakfast private rooms that we stayed in.
The spacious private rooms have their own bathrooms and access to a far superior kitchen and lounge than the budget options. We loved cooking all our local ingredients here each night.
The free breakfast in the morning was probably the best we have ever had in a hostel situation. Three types of cereal, fresh home-grown fruit, croissants and pastries galore and tea, juice and coffee to wash it all down. Brilliant.
WiFi is free but only available in the common areas.
We really didn’t see much of the staff as we were out exploring every day but when we did chat they were extremely helpful. Perfect if you want a relaxing retreat as you will be left alone if you want to be.
In the private common room there was no social atmosphere at all. However the dorms below and campground out the back looked like a bit more fun.
It is really far from the coastline so if you come to enjoy the beaches you will have to catch the bus or walk down. Also, while not really the hostels fault as the bus timetable changed, they could have had an updated timetable as the one we read was completely wrong.
Per person: $35 Euros for a private room and $13 Euros for a 8 bed mixed dorm room.
Beata Solitudo has been the best accommodation we have stayed in a long time. We wish we had more time there and even tried to book extra days but they were sold out. If you want a relaxing retreat then this is the place. If you want to party then head to the way more expensive Positano area.
Disclaimer: We were guests of HostelWorld but as always our thoughts are always our own.
Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike
There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.
Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?
But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?
The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.
You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.
It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.
Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.
For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.
Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.
But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.
This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.
Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.
When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.
You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.
It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.
If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.
Hammock vs Tent Camping
Camping with a hammock is slowly but surely becoming more popular in recent years with new and improved hammock designs being preferred by some campers, compared to the traditional tent.
In this article we will discuss some of the key benefits and drawbacks of sleeping without a tent, and analyze key criteria so that you can choose your preferred shelter choice!
Most tents work well in the rain; however, you’ll need to bring a tarp if you’re using a hammock. Traditional hammocks are not waterproof, and are generally open at the top, allowing water to find itself inside if you don’t have an adequate tarp. Moreover, a decent under quilt is also a good idea so that you can stay warm and cozy during cold and stormy nights.
Packing up your hammock after a long night of rain isn’t too bad, whereas packing up a soaking wet tent is always annoying. You almost always get wet in the process.
For first time campers, pop-up tents are the simplest to setup. All you need to do is find flat ground, and bam, your setup is complete! The beauty of pop-up tents is that you don’t need to worry about figuring out where to insert the poles and erect the tent. Although, traditional tents are usually more robust, and have a longer life span.
Essentially, a tent is simple, but a hammock can become a little more complicated for first timers. You’ll need to find 2 trees facing a good direction and tie each end of the hammock to them. If your hammock setup is too tight, you will generally wake up with sore ancles, but if it’s too loose, you run the risk of the hammock touching the floor, and insects crawling in with you.
If your campground doesn’t have many trees, or if the trees are dead (they could break and injure you), hammock stands come to the rescue! Basically, hammock stands allow you to pitch a hammock if there are no trees nearby. They are portable, adjustable, and are easy to setup. The only drawback is that the ground should be relatively flat, whereas if you were to hang a hammock between 2 trees, there won’t be any stands touching the ground, so a rocky floor wouldn’t be a problem.
One of the main reasons for choosing a hammock is the comfort that it provides you! It has a basically has in-built seat which is arguably more comfortable than a standard blow up mattress. You need to pick your tree’s wisely though! You don’t want a pinecone falling on your face mid-sleep.
If you have constant back pain and find it hard to sleep inside tents, you should give hammocks a try as they cause you to sleep sideways, similar to a banana shape, which a lot people find much more comfortable.
Hammocks are usually lighter and don’t include a wealth of poles and gear that tents do. Depending on the type of hammock that you purchase, they are usually quite similar to tents. You can however, find very cheap tents <$60, but they most likely won’t last long.
A good tent or hammock can cost between $200-500 without accessories. If you need a hammock stand, that will add to your cost, just like a mattress and other tent necessities will to its cost.
Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East
Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.
An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.
Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.
The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.
At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.
Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.
It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.
Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.
The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.
Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?
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