Destination guide

Coastal getaway at Positano holiday homes to rent

Set on Italy's romantic Amalfi Coast, Positano started its life as a port town in medieval times, spent the 19th and early 20th centuries as a small fishing village largely unknown to the outside world, and was discovered, first by author John Steinbeck and then by everyone else, as a picturesque, cliff-side vacation destination. Thanks to fabulously stylish boutiques matched with old-world charm, Positano vacation rentals make an ideal home base for families, friends and honeymooners looking to enjoy relaxing sun-soaked afternoons full of shopping, strolling and gelato.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Positano holiday rentals

The most striking sight in Positano is the town itself, a pyramid of pastel-coloured houses set on the slopes of a ravine that leads to the sea. The second most striking site is the Collegiate di Santa Maria Assunta, a church with a celebrated 13th-century Bysantine Icon, the Madonna di Positano, and a beautiful dome built in the 1920s. If that isn't enough to feast your eyes on, a trip to nearby Pompeii will only take about an hour. You can tour the archaeological site that was buried under the lava of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Activities

Things to do near Positano holiday homes

Pack your sturdiest walking shoes, because no matter how fabulous the views from the windows of Positano vacation rentals, most visitors spend their days out and about. There's only one street open to car traffic, which makes walking the narrow, winding streets a pleasure. Stop in local shops that offering everything from handmade trinkets and furniture to upmarket designer duds. After some shopping and relaxing on the beach, take a boat tour along the coast with an experienced guide who can point out all the villages and offer a little history on each.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Positano holiday homes

Positano's climate provides warm, sunny summers, and travellers flock to the area in July and August. If you prefer smaller crowds, you might find better deals on Positano vacation rentals if you book between April and June. You'll still find temps in the 70s and 80s, plus you'll see spring flowers in bloom. The autumn months are similarly warm and pleasant. You might find unbelievable bargains in winter, but be aware that some of the best cafes and restaurants shut up shop after the summer season.

Natural highlights

Join the gods on a hilltop walk through Positano

Experienced hikers know to visit Sentiero degli Dei (or the Path of the Gods) as soon as they get to Positano, but if you like walking and want to snap a photo of the most stunning view of your life, you should know about it, too. The path links the nearby hilltop town of Agerola with Positano and, along the way, you'll pass caves and terraces lining the cliffs that fall away to the sea on one side and deep valleys on the other. Keep an eye out for gulls, crows and peregrine and kestrel falcons.

Beaches

Best beaches near Positano holiday rentals

Positano boasts beautiful beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Holiday homes are available near places like Fornillo Beach, a cosy beach with crystal blue waters and a bathhouse, and Arienzo Beach, a bustling beach with an iconic flight of stairs and beautiful waters for swimming. You’ll also like Positano Spiaggia, a lively beach with town views, restaurants and nightlife.

How to get there

Transport to and around Positano

The nearest airport is in Naples (NAP-Naples Intl.), located 20.3 mi (32.7 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Salerno (QSR-Costa d'Amalfi), which is 22.5 mi (36.2 km) away.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Positano

Positano is the perfect place for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near places like Monte Faito, a peak with cable car rides up the limestone mountain for striking views, and Villa San Marco, a historic Roman mansion with a courtyard, frescoes, sculptures and ornate mosaic floors. You’ll also enjoy the Grotta dello Smeraldo, a unique, scenic grotto with rock formations and emerald-green waters.

Where to stay near Positano?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 430 holiday rentals near Positano. From 155 Villas to 129 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Positano for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Positano?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Positano:

  • Positano City Centre: 393 holiday homes
  • Laurito: 89 holiday homes
  • Liparlati: 390 holiday homes
  • Chiesa Nuova: 354 holiday homes
  • Sorrento City Centre: 778 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Positano?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Positano. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Fornillo Beach: 5,694 holiday rentals
  • Positano Town Hall: 5,937 holiday rentals
  • Church of Santa Maria Assunta: 5,576 holiday rentals
  • Spiaggia Grande: 5,440 holiday rentals
  • Piazza dei Mulini: 5,760 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Positano listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Positano?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 155 Villas in Positano. Our other popular types of Positano holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 129 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 138 holiday houses
  • Studios: 137 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Positano?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 120 holiday homes with pool available in Positano. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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