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Capri, Ischia and Procida Island Walks

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Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - November

Itinerary

Day 1: Procida
Day 2: Procida
Day 3: Ischia
Day 4: Ischia
Day 5: Ischia
Day 6: Capri
Day 7: Capri
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Capri, Ischia and Procida Island Walks

Discover the jewels of the Bay of Naples – the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. These walks offer a stunning combination of sea views, picturesque coastal towns, impressive mountains and an abundance of culture and nature. Spend the nights in comfortable 3-star hotels.

Itinerary for Capri, Ischia and Procida Island Walks

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Day 1: Arrival Naples/Procida

Arrive in Naples. By shuttle bus you will reach the harbour, for the short ferry crossing to the picturesque island of Procida, probably the least known of the three big islands in the Bay of Naples. Our local representative will pick you up from the harbour and drive you to your hotel. Depending on arrival time, you will have time for a stroll, before going for dinner in one of the numerous restaurants of the island.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel Procida

Day 2: Procida

After breakfast, you will start a beautiful circular walk to discover this most authentic island of the Bay of Naples, with its colourful houses and idyllic fishing harbours. It is possible to walk the whole island in one day.

You first walk up to the historical heart of the island, ‘Terra Murata’, or ‘walled land’, dominated by its castle, from where you’ll enjoy marvellous views. Then the trail brings you to one of the most picturesque spots of Italy, the small fishing harbour of Corricella with Its unique setting and coloured houses.

Along the south-eastern coast, you then continue the walk passing through Pizzico and Solchiaro. The walk ends at the charming small harbour of Chiaiolella, where you will have time for a swim in the large sandy beach or have a glass of wine on one of its terraces, before returning to your hotel.  Those who still have energy can extend the walk and explore the small island of Vivara, linked to Procida by a small (pedestrian) bridge. This island, the ridge of an old volcano, is now a nature reserve and one of the last bits of unspoilt nature in the area.

  • Walking for the day: 7-10 km, 3-5 hours depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel Procida

Day 3: Procida/Ischia

This morning you’ll have some more time to discover the northern side of the island of Procida, or in case you didn’t have the time yesterday, visit the small island of Vivara. Or just make a short stroll to the colourful harbour!

Then you take the boat for the short crossing to the island of Ischia, known as the Green Island, the biggest island of the Bay of Naples. A taxi transfer to your hotel is organised for you, but we suggest to leave only your luggage to the taxi driver and wander around the Ischia Porto, and then do the short walk from the harbour to the castle where your hotel is, through the vibrant streets of the old town centre.

The last short stretch through the fortified island is very scenic and offers beautiful viewpoints on the city centre. You will sleep in a nice hotel, located inside the old medieval castle of Ischia, built on a rocky off-shore island. In the evening, you can savour some local fish speciality in the colourful harbour of Corricella or opt for a dinner with great views on the terrace of your hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 5-9 km, 2-4 hours depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel Ischia

Day 4: Ischia

From your hotel in the castle, you walk down through the alleys of the fortified rock to the bridge which links the castle to the old town centre. From here, you start a linear walk along the beautiful south coast of the island, through a spectacular landscape of terraced vineyards and fantastic lava sculptures, with unforgettable views over the Bay of Naples and Capri. The first part of the walk goes over the cliffs, through vineyards sculpted like Asian paddy fields and small hamlets. Then you pass the small hamlet of Testaccio, from where you descend to the large sandy beach of Marina dei Maronti. Just behind the beach, there are several narrow canyons with thermal springs, used since Roman times. If you have time, you can go for a dip. Along the beach, you then walk to the charming fishing village of Sant’Angelo, from where you take the bus back to the hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 8-15 km, 3-5 hours depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel Ischia

Day 5: Ischia

Today you will discover the mountains of the island, a chain of extinct volcanoes which occupy the entire central part. First, you gain some height by bus, and your walk starts either in the hamlet of Fiaiano or in the small village of Fontana (several longer/shorter options possible), where you have the time for an espresso. From here, you walk up to the Monte Epomeo, the highest mountain of the island (789 m), and then to the Capo dell’Uomo, Ischia’s second mountain. The walks are along easy, comfortable paths. Through forested areas and vineyards, passing by rock dwellings of monks and hermits, and always with incredible views over the sea, you will be walking down to Ischia’s most western village, Forio. After a stroll through its pleasant town centre, you take the bus along the north coast back to Ischia Porto. If you still have some energy, you can make a short walk to one of the most interesting volcanoes of the island, the Fondo dell’Oglio.

  • Walking for the day: 7-10 km, 3-5 hours depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel Ischia

Day 6: Capri

In the morning, your taxi brings you to the harbour, where you take the boat to the beautiful island of Capri (off-season you travel through Naples). You settle in your hotel in the less touristy Anacapri, more rural, mountainous and quieter than Capri town. By funicular you then travel up to the highest mountain of the island, Mount Solaro, from where you can enjoy marvellous views over the island, the Bay of Naples, the Bay of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. Descending along the ridge, you slowly walk down to the lighthouse at the very west end of the island, where you can perhaps enjoy a dip in the clear sea. The walk then continues along the coast, passing along a series of fortresses, some of them built by the English troops to defend the island from the fleet of Napoleon, all recently restored. The walk ends at the world-famous ‘Grotta Azzurra’ (‘Blue Grotto’), from where you travel back by bus to your hotel (optional walk possible). In the evening you’ll have the choice of many romantic restaurants.

  • Walking for the day: 7-10 km, 3-5 hours depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel Capri

Day 7: Capri

The last walking day is dedicated to the more famous side of the island of Capri, to see the places that have inspired so many over the centuries. Of course, you do not only see the ‘touristy’ highlights, but you also make a beautiful round walk along the almost pristine South Coast. First, you pass the ‘Piazzetta’ and the charming backstreets of Capri, with their clear Moresque influence, then you walk up to the ruins of one of the most impressive Roman villas in the area, Villa Jovis, built by emperor Tiberius in AD 27. On your way up, you also pass the exceptional Villa Lysis, rather unknown, but one of the best spots of Capri.

Descending towards the untouched coastline of the southern part of the island, you come along the Arco Naturale, the natural bridge, many grottos and finally the famous Faraglioni, three small uninhabited islands, just off the South coast. Through the Gardens of August and the impressive Via Krupp, perhaps the world’s most beautiful pedestrian way, you descend to the charming Marina Piccola, from where you travel back by local bus to your hotel. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways.

  • Walking for the day: 7-10 km, 3-5 hours depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel Capri

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

After breakfast, you return by boat to Naples and by shuttle bus (not included) to the airport. Extra nights can be booked in a hotel in the city centre (upon request).

Hotels for Capri, Ischia and Procida Island Walks

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Accommodation is in comfortable 3-star hotels.

  • Nights 1 & 2: The first two nights you stay on the idyllic island of Procida in a nice 3-star hotel with a big garden. Alternative 3-star hotels of similar quality may be booked depending on availability.
  • Night 3, 4 & 5: You stay in a superior 3-star ‘castle hotel’, located in the ancient monastery of Ischia on a small rocky castle island, linked to the main island by a bridge. A wonderful and quiet setting, yet at walking distance from the town centre with its many bars and restaurants and attached to the Aragonese castle. Alternative 3-star hotels of similar quality may be booked depending on availability.
  • Night 6 & 7: The last nights are spent in a beautiful and comfortable 3-star hotel, the ex-residence of the Queen of Sweden. It is located in a stunning botanical setting of various exotic plants and trees such as palms, pines, mangroves and ficus, with sunny exposure and gentle sea breeze. Alternative 3-star hotels of similar quality may be booked depending on availability.

Sample hotels: Solcalante in Procida, Albergo il Monastero or La Marticana in Ischia, Senaria in Capri

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

All accommodations are on a B&B basis. One welcome dinner in Proceda is also included, and on the following days, you are free to choose from the wide choice of restaurants in the area. Your accommodation operator can give you good tips. On some occasions, you can also choose to eat at the premises of the hotel. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or products for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions, you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way.

Travel for Capri, Ischia and Procida Island Walks

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Naples. Other Italian airports are also well connected to the area.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Port of Naples is easily reachable from Naples Airport by bus (20-30 min). At the port, you should take the ferry to Prosida. Our driver will wait for you at the Port of Prosida and drive you to your first hotel. On your return, Naples is easily reachable by ferry from the Island of Capri.

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Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers. You can also book a private airport transfer with us. In this case, please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time.

Baggage Transfers

All walks are circular, so you will not need luggage transfers on walking days. When transferring between the islands, you will need to bring your luggage with you.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

  • Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
  • Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
  • Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.
  • Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Capri, Ischia and Procida Island Walks

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

This tour is suitable for those who have some experience of walking, not necessarily in the mountains, and a good general physical condition. Mostly easy and some moderate walks, on well-maintained paths. On some days alternative longer or shorter walks are possible (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Most of the walks are on good paths, some of them just recently restored by the local authorities. Parts of the trails are waymarked. Elsewhere you have to follow the route notes provided together with the maps. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from the end of March until the end of October.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in the Bay of Naples. It may become sweltering in July and August, and some of the resort towns may become overcrowded in these months.

Without a doubt the best time to visit the bay of Naples is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season. July and August are great especially if you want to spend some time on the beach, but the small villages may become crowded, hotel rates are much higher, and on some days it may be too hot for walking. Please make sure that you bring enough water with you.

The months of September and October are also an excellent time to visit the area, while the temperatures are still mild and crowds are gone.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Capri, Ischia and Procida Island Walks

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps (1:25,000)
  • Two nights Hotel 3*** in Procida – BB
  • Three nights Hotel 3*** in Ischia – BB
  • Two nights Hotel 3*** in Capri – BB
  • One dinner in Procida
  • Two transfers from/to the harbour in Procida (Hotel in Procida)
  • Two transfers from/to the harbour in Ischia (Hotel in Ischia)
  • Two luggage transfers from/to the harbour in Capri (Hotel in Capri)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office in Salerno

Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport train and bus fares
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • All lunches and dinners (except for dinner on Day 1 in Procida)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme

Extensions

  • Extra nights

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