Procida in a nutshell: tiny and authentic island in the Gulf of Naples.
Coloured houses and narrow cobbled streets where taxi drivers need to fold their mirrors to fit & drive in. Warm people and magic sunsets. Lemon trees with the thickest lemons we ever saw, vineyards, funny shaped oval tomatoes, aubergines, basil and chives – we loved to observe them with our kids on the way to and back from the beach.
Best way to discover the island is sailing.
We found renting a boat easy and affordable – spent 3 hours with one of Sergio’s boats and paid Euro100 (Euro120 if paid by card).
Sciro was our captain and we started off at Marina Chiaiolella, sailed around Vivara (the natural reserve), swam at Pozzo Vecchio, went past the Harbour / Marina Grande , Terra Murata and stopped at Marina Corricella.
Last swim right after Coricella – beautiful blue crystal water, gorgeous views over the XVII century port architecture, colourful facades and tangles of arches, domes, terraces, balconies and staircases.
Our favourite beach and lunches were at Vivara / Ciraccio beach. Dark volcanic sand and beautiful rock formations. Kids friendly sea, it takes a while to stop touching the bottom.
Best icecream and chilling by the Yachts harbour at Marina Chiaiolella. There’s a little playground next to La Tonnara hotel and the marina.
Best sunsets in the Harbour and the by Maresias.
Boutique hotel and stunning grounds – La Vigna, where our friends got married.
Local cuisine spoilt us with fresh seafood, pasta, risotto and the signature salad of the island I’d say – lemon salad.