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A Guide to the Italian Island of Capri
If you are looking for long stretches of golden sand then you have come to the wrong place. Likewise, if you are looking for an unspoiled and tranquil island sanctuary, this is not the place for you. Capri may once have been a place of peaceful natural beauty but really this is no longer the case. Now, Capri is a busy and often expensive tourist destination and can become extremely crowded, especially during the peak summer months. If, however, you are looking for chic bar culture, sparkling, clear water and rocks to bask on then this sophisticated island could be the perfect place for a luxurious retreat from everyday life. It is the place to see and be seen in the Bay of Naples. You will undoubtedly find a number of ladies of a certain age all dressed to impress in the latest fashions, immaculately garbed. But there is something appealing and somehow old-fashioned about Capri's slightly faded grandeur and scratch beneath the surface and you will find a place of astonishing prettiness, good food and of course, the beautiful cerulean seas that the crowds have come here for in the first place.
Location: Tyrrhenian Sea
Area: 10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Highest elevation: 589 m (1,932 ft)
Highest point: Monte Solaro
Largest settlement: Capri (pop. 7,278)
Population: 12,200 (as of 2002)
Density: 1,170 /km2 (3,030 /sq mi)— Wikipedia.org
Capri from space
Step away from the beach-front bars and lounge clubs and take a stroll on one of the beautiful nature trails that thread their way across the island. You will be surrounded by the scent of jasmine as you wander through the pine woods and other vegetation. Take your time and enjoy the views of the serene seas and neighbouring islands, including the distinctive volcano of Stromboli in the distance. If you are worried about getting lost, then you can pick up maps from the tourist office in Capri Town.
If you are feeling in an active mood you could climb to the summit of Mount Solaro, the highest point of the island. Or if that seems a bit too strenuous, you can ride to the top on a chairlift to enjoy the incredible panoramic views at the top
Though it is a popular tourist attraction, everyone should take the time while on Capri to take a boat ride to the Grotte Azzurra (Blue Grotto) – a sea cave which turns a spectacular shade of blue when sunlight passes through an underwater cavity.
Antonio Riva’s sandal shop in Anacapri
If you like shopping, you will be able to find an array of luxury brands on sale, but for something a little different, seek out the skilled work of local craftspeople. At Mr Antonio Riva’s sandal shop in Anacapri the sandals are made right there in front of you.
In Anacapri you will also find some of the least pretentious, best and most affordable accommodation options on the island and local, simple but delicious meals can be found in Anacapri at places like Da Tonino and Il Solitario.
More Photos of Capri
It is only when people don't expect the crowds and the character that they come away disappointed, which is perhaps why Capri has often received such mixed reviews from visitors. But if you come to Capri knowing what it is, you can appreciate it for all its flamboyant beauty and bustling appeal.
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