The jewel of the Amalfi Coast rarely needs an introduction. Positano was once a wealthy maritime power and then a fishing settlement but more recently it has become a hugely popular tourist destination. It's not hard to see why, with its lined boutique, narrow streets and cafés, it becomes a remarkably seductive place. Houses are stacked like they are on top of each other buried within the steep slopes on Monti Lattari.
The atmosphere in Positano is cosmopolitan and international, while still feeling safe and restful. A kind of very exclusive village. It does tend to be expensive in peak season and it's difficult to forget this is a resort aimed at the top end of the market
Beach - Spiaggi Grande is one of the Amalfi Coasts largest and there are several excellent sea food restaurants. It is the centre for many activities of the village. If you prefer a more peaceful time on the beach then head right as you face the sea around the waters edge to the quieter bay of Fornillo.
Food, drink and nightlife - Being a working fishing village, the cuisine is mainly seafood but fresh produce plays an important part. Everything is fresh and light, with local white wine to compliment the meals. The choice of excellent restaurants is far and wide along the back of the beach front, but if you prefer something a little less touristy, try climbing the steps to a quieter spot along the Viale Pasitea.
The locally picked lemons are abundant, used in everything from roasted potatoes to gelato to the potent after-dinner liqueur known as "Limoncello".
If you're looking for somewhere to have a drink, at the end of the main beach is the prettily located Music on the Rocks, which is reputedly dressy and expensive. La Zagara tearoom (Via dei Mulini, 6) offers drinks and gorgeous desserts on a terrace, and has live music at night. Higher up on Viale Pasitea, you can sit at tables overlooking the water in a more peaceful environment, and hear live Neapolitan music.
How to get there - Positano is on the main bus route between Sorrento (30mins) and Amalfi (1 hour). There are two bus stops are either end of the town. Within the village there is a circular internal bus which comes in handy if you get tired of the steps. It is also accessible by sea from the small jetty on the main beach, with many excusions to the caves, Amalfi and island of Capri
The town is thriving during the holiday season June to September, however if you wish to explore without the crowds, October and November are wonderful times to visit.