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Agerola to Amalfi walk

Walking from the village of Agerola to Amalfi is one of the best small hikes you can do in Italy with stunning scenery and easy pathways.

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Agerola views photos

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.

Amalfi Coast walks

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.

Agerola to Amalfi photos

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.

Agerola views photos

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.

Hiking Amalfi Coast

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.

Agerola photos

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.

Amalfi beach photos

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.

Location

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.

The Rooms

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.

Other Amenities

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.

Staff

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.

Social Atmosphere

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.

Negatives

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.

Cost

Per person: $35 Euros for a private room and $13 Euros for a 8 bed mixed dorm room.

Overall

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.

Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Jeremy Branham

    July 8, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    What an awesome hike! Great that you discovered this and good thing you gave up on the bus. I love beaches like this. I discovered one similar to this hiking along a trail in Portugal. You don’t forget moments like this.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 10, 2012 at 7:33 AM

      I imagine that there would be so many secluded beaches in Portugal. Definitely can’t wait to visit the area in September.

  2. Laurence

    July 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    That looks like a stunning hike with a fantastic destination 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      July 10, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      The swim at the end of it was all the reward we needed 🙂

  3. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    July 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    When we were traveling through the Amalfi we would look up into those steep cliffs dotted with precipitous villages and wonder what the walk down (or, God forbid, UP) would be like. Now we know!

  4. Ali

    July 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Yikes! I’m not sure I would’ve enjoyed that hike in the summer Italian heat, but it does look beautiful!

  5. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    July 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Sounds like a lovely walk, but I would DEFINITELY need that swim at the end to cool off!

  6. Surminga

    July 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Wow, those sights look amazing but the heights and massive drops or intense, not sure I could’ve done it

  7. Arti

    July 20, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    What a hike!! And what a fabulous view from the top.

  8. Matt Gibson

    July 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Sounds like a pretty sweet hike. I like the photos!

  9. Tim @ Marginal Boundaries

    July 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    The Amalfi coast is just so damned beautiful! I continually rank Italy as just about my favorite country in terms of coastline; I have a deep-seated love for the Mediterranean 🙂 Great shots!

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Cheers Tim. Italy is definitely up there as one of our favourite countries. Would love to spend a lot longer there in some of the smaller communities to the south of Amalfi. Have you been down there?

      • Tim @ Marginal Boundaries

        July 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Not Amalfi, no; I have friends who live in the Puglia region, and spent some time there while I was living in Bulgaria (short plane right or a ferry from Greece over). Amalfi has always been one place I wanted to visit but didn’t when I was there. I still want to, especially when I see shots like this LOL

  10. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    July 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Gorgeous views!! It’s amazing when something like this works out for the best. We once had a bus schedule change on us in Marseille, but it didn’t end nearly as well. 😛

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      I love the crazy bus systems they have in small towns around Europe. No one seems to have any idea when they are actually running haha.

  11. D.J. - The World of Deej

    July 31, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Definitely worth the hike! Great pics!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Thanks D.J! Was damn hot and sweaty though by the end haha.

  12. Angela

    July 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Gorgeous landscape, it’s a little hard to walk without feeling dizzy, but if you manage you do take stunning pictures 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      August 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Was a little bit scary when we would come to sections of the path that seemed to drop away to nothing but somehow I managed to overcome my sense of vertigo 🙂

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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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.

The Auckland Coast

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.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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