When it comes to Capri, there’s really nothing quite like it anywhere in the world.
From the towering cliffs and rugged coastline to the pretty brightly coloured houses of Marina Grande, Capri is captivating, charming and (in places) a little bit celestial.
It’s easy to see why the glitterati were drawn to the island of Capri and why this jewel in Italy’s Bay of Naples attracts those looking for a peaceful Mediterranean retreat that is also a chic and glamorous getaway.
From admiring the breath-taking natural vistas and meandering along the intriguing hiking trails to exploring the upmarket shops and enjoying a boat ride around the stunning coastline, there’s always plenty of things to do in Capri, but where do you start?
If you are contemplating whether to add Capri’s most famous attraction the Grotta Azzurra (otherwise known as the Blue Grotto) to your things to do in Capri list, then the answer is an unequivocal yes!
The Grotta Azzurra is an unusual sea cave illuminated by an ethereal blue light and it’s visited by thousands of visitors every day and it is easy to see its unmistakable allure.
In fact, no trip to the Island of Capri is complete without seeing the Blue Grotto.
It owes its name to the blue colour of the water which has been created as a result of light refraction.
The blue glow of the water is produced by sunlight entering by the cave entrance.
The easiest way to visit the Blue Grotto is to take a boat tour from Marina Grande which is the main port on the island.
Visit Mount Solaro
Head over to the Anacapri to the Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri which is located on the other side of the island and take the chairlift ride to the peak of Mount Solaro.
It’s only a 12 minute ride and you can enjoy sweeping views over the island, the cliffs, and beyond which includes the bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the Gulf of Salerno and Ischia island
Anacapri is certainly worth a visit too. It’s more laidback and less touristy than Capri itself and this makes for a cheaper alternative than Capri as the restaurants are cheaper and the boutiques are more artisan than high end.
Giardini di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus)
If exploring beautiful gardens is high on your list of things to do in Capri, then be sure to make a pitstop at the Augustus Gardens.
These beautifully maintained botanic gardens are a tranquil retreat from the heaving crowds.
Not only can you wander through a series of flower-adorned terraces, which creates the most exquisite floral picture frame for Capri’s breathtaking panoramas.
This includes the Faraglioni rocks that rise from the Tyrrhenian Sea that visitors to Capri first see when they arrive on the island.
Widely considered to be the most magnificent of all the island residences of Emperior Tiberius.
It was built in the first century B.C. and the location was chosen for its position on the cliff’s edge which guaranteed both privacy and security to the Emperor, both factors of which were of vital importance.
The majestic Roman villa overlooking the sea of Capri. is an absolute must for history lovers’ things to do in Capri list as you truly get a sense of what life must have been like in Roman times.
Take a boat tour around the island
Visitors to Capri have been to the islands since ancient times, a boat trip is the ideal way to explore the rugged coastline and the many coves and secluded bays of the island.
It’s certainly one of our favourite things to do in Capri!
Make sure you carve out time to visit the Grotta Smeralda (also known as the Emerald Cave) and the Grotta Meravigliosa, with its impressive stalagmites and stalactites, and the green-glowing waters of the Grotta Verde.
Either book on to an organised tour or why not hire a boat with a skipper for yourself?
One of the best routes to sail from, take you from Capri’s port, Marina Grande, through to Tiberius’ Leap around Punta Carena with its attractive lighthouse, and make a stop in front of the Blue Grotto.
Punta Carena Lighthouse
The lighthouse at Punta Carena is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Capri.
It’s surprisingly beautiful and is still being used despite its rich history.
Located on a rocky corner on the southwest tip of Capri, not only can you visit the lighthouse, but you can also relax on the small beach here which is ideal both for swimming and sunbathing.
If you are looking for one of the most beautiful places to enjoy, then make sure you add this Capri landmark to your things to do in Capri hit list.
One of the best beaches in Capri is Marina Piccola which is one of the best-visited beaches on Capri.
A smidge of beach time is an absolute must when thinking about things to do in Capri.
Make sure that you visit the two rocks of the ‘Scoglio delle Sirene’ cliff which, according to folklore, were once inhabited by the bewitching sirens described by Homer in his Odyssey.
These two rocks split the bay of Marina Piccola into two dedicated marinas, the Marina di Mulo and the Marina di Pennauro, which were used by the ancient Romans as small ports.
Sun worshippers will love sunning themselves as Marina Piccola is one of the sunniest spots on the island. It’s also bordered by a steep rock wall that shelters it from the wind.
There are two free public beaches either side of the rock that you can take advantage of.
Piazzetta di Capri
A visit to the Piazza Umberto di Capri is one thing you definitely need to add to your things to do in Capri list.
It’s located in the historic centre of Capri and has widely been considered the centre of town and a key meeting point for locals to mingle and watch the world go by since Roman times.
If it’s one of the top things to do in Capri for the locals, it’s good enough for us!
Nearby, you’ll find the Town Hall and the church of St Stefano which was rebuilt in the late seventeenth century.