Our Hike to the Punta Carena Lighthouse, would take a lot longer than yesterday, when we hiked the Phoenician Steps.
If you enjoy hiking, Capri offers a variety of day hikes to experience. We were looking forward to today’s hike, going from Anacapri to Grotta Azzurra then on to The Path of Fortini and finally arriving at the Punta Carena Lighthouse. After eating breakfast at the Mediterraneo B&B, we started our hike to the Grotta Azzurra. It was an easy walk, mostly downhill to reach the Blue Grotto from Anacapri. It only took us about 50 minutes. We could have made it faster, but we were constantly stopping and taking pictures.
We passed this house and was taking pictures, when the owner came out and spoke to us.
We would have never been able to spend some time talking to this friendly local if we would have taken the bus. J and I both agreed this was the best decorated entrance we encountered while walking around the island.
There was not much traffic on the road, and it was a good thing, as there were no shoulders, but the views were stunning.
By the time we got to the Blue Grotto, there were numerous boats lined up. The people on the tour boats have to transfer into a row boat. This will take awhile, as only a few people at a time are allowed in the rowboat.
TIP: Take the bus from the Marina Grande to the Grotta Azzurra. The bus will drop you off at the entrance. Walk down the steps to the rowboats. This by passes waiting on the tour boat to transfer to a rowboat. It will save you $$ and time. There were two sets of row boats taking people into the cave. One for the tour boats, one for the people who walked down the steps.
After standing in line and watching the people get in the rowboat and make their way into the grotto, we decided not to take the tour as we would be waiting for over an hour (I can’t imagine how long the boats would be waiting). Instead we continued our walk to the lighthouse. We brought plenty of water, sunscreen and a snack for our hike.
The Path of Fortini is one of the most spectacular walks in Capri. It passes by three forts that were used as military posts in the 1800s to defend Capri.
You can see a second fort in the picture below in the distance.
Make sure you have good hiking shoes for this trail. The trail snakes along the coastline.
Eventually we came across a bridge that crossed over the water in order to continue our hike on the other side. We only passed a few hikers along the way. We were constantly admiring the views and taking pictures. We could not believe how beautiful this walk was.
We could see our destination in the distance but the path along the water ended.
We had to walk up quite an incline to continue to the lighthouse.
At the top of the hill we could see the lighthouse but we still had a long way to go. By now we had been walking for a couple of hours, it was very hot and I was hungry.
Our destination, Punta Carena Lighthouse.
We continued our walk using these steps. At least now we were going downhill, which made it easier.
After three hours we finally reached the lighthouse.
We were exhausted and just wanted to sit and relax. We went down near the beach and had lunch. This is when I wished I had a bathing suit. The water looked very inviting.
After a leisurely bite to eat and a couple of glasses of wine, we took some pictures, before getting in line to catch the bus back to Anacapri. We bought the tickets on the bus for 1.80 Euros per person.
It was a long day and we were worn out by the time we returned to our room. We had walked over 26,070 steps, a little over 11 miles. Yesterday we walked 26,046, but that included walking to the train station, walking to the ferry, and walking around Anacapri and Capri. It felt like we walked more today and was surprised the steps were that close. But yesterday we were not walking constantly.
We went back to the B&B and sat in the courtyard and enjoyed a bottle of wine. This allowed us to catch our second wind. We were ready to go out and savor our last evening in Anacapri.
A magnificent sunset was a perfect ending to our wonderful day.
This is an island that you can DIY, if you do your homework before you visit. Definitely consider doing the different hikes on Capri to really see the island. After spending the last two day exploring, we still have more to see of the beautiful island of Capri. Tomorrow we were heading to our next destination, Positano.