In this post, I will help you to find Where to stay in Capri (for first time visitors, without a car), best areas to stay in Capri (with a map and video), and the best hotels in Capri for all budgets (including the hotel where I stayed).
Capri is a charming little island, located just off of the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples. It has an exclusive air, perfect for intimate vacations away from the rowdier tourist towns.
Its history dates back to the Roman Republic, when it became a popular resort destination for wealthy patricians. In the centuries that followed, it was ruled by various powers before becoming part of a unified Italy in the 19th century. Today, it remains a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty and luxurious lifestyle.
With ferries links to nearby Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno, and Ischia, there’s plenty to see and do close by too.
Capri island is well-served by public transportation such as bus, funicular, taxis and by foot. You don’t need to bring your car, as non-resident cars are not permitted on Capri on high season from mid-March to November. There is also little parking and most streets are pedestrian.
Where is the best area to stay in Capri?
The best areas to stay in Capri for tourists are Capri Town, Anacapri, Marina Grande, Marina Piccola, and Pizzolungo. Each of these areas offers its own unique charm and advantages, so consider your priorities and choose the one that suits you best.
Capri Town is the overall best area to stay in Capri for travelers seeking a stay in the heart of the action, vibrant nightlife, luxury hotels, high-end shops, and fine dining. Anacapri is the best place for a laid-back, local vibe with lots of cheaper hotels, restaurants, nice walking trails.
Capri Town and Anacapri are the best overall area for first-timers because they are the main towns of the island with plenty of things to do and see. They are located within a short distance from each other and are well-connected by bus and taxi.
Marina Grande is home to Capri’s main port, with ferries connection to Naples, Sorrento, all year around; Amalfi Coast and Ischia in the peak season. It’s best for shorter stays on the island when you don’t want to waste time traveling to and from your hotel.
To book hotels, I recommend spending at least three to four days on the island to experience the main attractions of Capri, such as the Blue Grotto, the Gardens of Augustus, the Faraglioni rock formations, and the charming town of Capri itself.
Where did I stay in Capri?
When I first visited Capri, I stayed for 3 nights at the Hotel Mamela in Capri Town. It has a prime location, a short walk from the shops of Via Camerelle. My room was spacious and clean. My breakfast was delicious and the staff was friendly!
|💖 Best Area First-Timer:
|💎 Best luxury hotel:
|🏨 Best mid-range hotel:
|Hotel San Felice
|💰 Best budget hotel:
|Capri Wine Hotel
Map of areas and towns in Capri island:
🎬 You can watch this video about the best areas in Capri, and continue reading:
5 Best areas to stay in Capri for tourists are:
1. Capri Town
Capri Town is best overall area to stay in Capri for first-timers because it’s the main town and tourist hub on the island with plenty of things to do and see.
Capri Town is easily reachable by bus, taxi, and funicular from the island’s main port, Marina Grande. If you don’t worry about the luggages, you can walk uphill which is only 30 minutes.
As the main town on the island, Capri can get pretty busy. It has lively nightlife scene with lots of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. You may even spot a celebrity or two. If you prefer your nightlife a little livelier, and to go on a little later, then you should definitely stay in Capri Town.
Capri is a particularly popular destination for wealthy travelers and celebrities. As such, it comes as little surprise that the shopping and hospitality available reflect their affluent clientele. The streets here are lined with high-end boutiques and luxury designer stores. Perfect for any shopaholic.
The center point of Capri Town is the Piazzetta di Capri (Piazza Umberto I). The pretty little public square is ringed by cafes, with tables spilling onto the plaza. It’s the perfect place to grab lunch or relax with a drink and soak in the lively atmosphere.
The square is overlooked by several historic structures, including the town clock tower and the old cathedral. The Santo Stefano Church has elegant white walls that make a charming backdrop to the cafes around the plaza.
Just across from the church is the Museo Ignazio Cerio. If you are interested in the natural history of the island, then its exhibits will be fascinating to you. The museum displays an array of fossils and archaeological finds from across Capri.
To the south of town, you will find the Saint James’ Charterhouse. The 14th-century monastery boasts stunning architecture, with additions from across the centuries. Inside you can admire the exquisite frescoes that color the walls and ceilings of the vaulted halls.
The Charterhouse is contained within the Gardens of Augustus, offering stunning views on the bay of Marina Piccola and on the Faraglioni. Its original name was Krupp Gardens, named after the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp.
The stunning botanical gardens are threaded with pathways winding along the clifftops. Don’t miss the 20th-century inpresive footpath Via Krupp, which connects the Gardens of Augustus and La Certosa di San Giacomo with Marina Piccola.
In addition to lively nightlife, luxury shopping, and fine dining, Capri Town is great starting point to visit the Roman ruins of Villa Jovis, which is the former house of Roman Emperor Tiberius, as well as Villa Lysis which dating back the 20th century.
If you love walking and hiking, you must check out the the Via Tragara trail to visit the Belvedere di Tragara viewpoint, as well as the path to La Fontelina and Pizzolungo.
Capri Town is also great base for beach lovers. It is home to several free beaches and beach clubs including the Marina Piccola, Palazzo a Mare, and Marina Grande.
Capri Town has a wide range of accommodations, including four and five-star hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, with cheaper options near the port in Marina Grande where you will arrival and departure.
Stay In Capri Town if You want all the conveniences that staying in a large town grants you; A lively nightlife scene is a priority for you; you’re on luxury vacation; you love beaches;
Best places to stay in Capri Town for first-timers:
luxury ($$$): Hotel Quisisana five star hotel located in Capri town within a short distance La Piazzetta famous square. It has a garden, 2 swimming pools and gym, and the Quisi Bar. it has been the favorite of politicians and poets, royalty and rockstars since it opened in 1845.
mid-range ($$): Hotel San Felice Located just 3-minute walk from Capri’s Quisisana Square, this hotel is on a quiet pedestrian street. It has an outdoor pool surrounded by lemon trees and a sun terrace. Also close to the Augusto Gardens, Piazza Umberto I, Torre Saracena Cove, Via Vittorio Emanuele, and Via Camerelle.
budget ($): Capri Wine Hotel Located 10-minute walk from the Piazzetta, this hotel has a terrace, a garden and free WiFi. It has an onside wine bar and daily buffet breakfast. Close to Marina Piccola beach, and Marina Grande, where ferries depart for Naples, Positano and Sorrento.FIND BEST HOTELS IN CAPRI TOWN
Anacapri is the second of Capri’s primary towns, located on the highest part of the island, covering the western side. A little further from the main entry point of the island, Anacapri has more of local atmosphere than the busier Capri Town.
The town is still lively, especially during the peak summer months, when it can get quite crowded, but it is still more laid back and more authentic local vibes than Capri Town.
If you want all the conveniences of a larger town without the overwhelming crowds of Capri, Anacapri is an ideal compromise. With fewer crowds than Anacapri but all of the useful amenities, Anacapri is an excellent choice for families.
Anacapri is easily reachable by a taxi and bus from Capri Town or the island’s main port – Marina Grande. It is also directly connected to Marina Grande via 921 stone staircase called Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps). But it is a real challenge to climb up.
There is plenty for the whole family to see and do and tons of restaurants to choose from. The beaches are quieter, and the town is surrounded by open space where kids can run about in the fresh air.
Being less of the fashionable celebrity trap of Capri also makes Anacapri more affordable. If you are trying to keep to a more conservative budget, you will have plenty of fantastic budget-friendly accommodations, as well as more afforable bars and cafes compared to Capri Town.
Settled atop Capri’s hills, Anacapri boasts some of the most wonderful views on the island. Being on the western side also means that this is where you can enjoy some particularly dazzling sunsets.
For the absolute best views around, take a hike up to Monte Solaro. As the highest peak on Capri, you will have unobstructed views of the Amalfi coast and the Bay of Naples. If you want to head up but don’t fancy the hike, there’s chair lift to Monte Solaro that will take you from town right up the mountain.
The mountains are not the only natural beauties worth appreciating on this side of the island. The Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) and Grotta Verde are both located just outside of Anacapri, to the north and south respectively.
The mysterious sea caves are renowned for the ethereal turquoise glow that their crystal clear waters cast over the rocks. The caves are only accessible by boat, but there are plenty of tour guides happy to take you in.
The remains of several old forts are dotted along the western seafront. The Orrico, Pino, and Mesola forts were once an important part of the island’s defenses. Now only their stone foundation walls remain, although they’re still fun to explore.
The Roman Villa of Damecuta is slightly better preserved. Most of its old watchtower is still standing, overlooking the foundations of the old house. You can combine with a trekking walk along the Fortini path from Punta Carena’s lighthouse to Blue Grotto.
There are several museums to visit within the town. The Casa Rosa Museum contains various artifacts and artworks from across Capri. The museum has a particular focus on preserving and celebrating traditional craft techniques. It was built late 19th century by an american southern colonel, John Clay Mackowen.
The museum is just opposite the lovely Church of San Michele. The church still features its original, 18th-century brightly colored majolica tiled floor.
For even more arts and culture, head up to Villa San Michele. The villa itself is beautiful, with luscious gardens full of exotic plants and impressive sculptures. Inside you will find even more sculptures and statues, along with traditional artworks and antique furnishings.
Another must-see is the 19th century Villa Axel Munthe, a residence of a Swedish Doctor Axel Munthe. It has a beautiful gardens.
Anacapri is also a great base for walkers and hikers. There are numerous walking trails with stunning ocean views including the Path of the Forts, taking you from Punta Carena lighthouse to the ruins of Damecuta. You can also check out the Via Migliera, which take you to the Belvedere del Tuono viewpoint.
You can easily find traditional hotels, guest houses, hostels, and bed & breakfasts in Anacapri. There are more choices in affordable accommodation options in Anacapri compared to Capri Town.
Stay In Anacapri If you less crowds than the island’s capital; you are trying to stick to a smaller budget; you love walking and hiking; you want local atmosphere;
Best places to stay in Capri in Anacapri for first-time visitors:
luxury ($$$): Capri Palace Jumeirah this exclusive hotel has outdoor swimming pool, a winning-award Capri Beauty Farm and Spa, a sun terrace, and a White Museum. You can enjoy food at its various restaurants: Il Ragù, L’Olivo, with its 2 Michelin stars, and the only beach club of the island Il Riccio, with 1 Michelin star.
mid-range ($$): Monte Solaro Bed & Breakfast this small B&B is set on the slopes of Mount Solaro. You can easily travel with bus stop near by. You can enjoy Italian style breakfast with sweet pastries, tea and cappuccino coffee.
budget ($): Hotel Bellavista This is one of the oldest hotels in Capri, close to the beautiful Villa San Michele and to the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro.FIND BEST HOTELS IN ANACAPRI
3. Marina Grande
If your priority is being able to get on and off of the island easily, then Marina Grande is the location for you. This is where the main port of the island is located. The vast majority of visitors to Capri will make their introductions to the island here.
If you are only planning to stay on Capri island for a day or two, Marina Grande is a perfect choice. You won’t have to waste time getting between the ferry and your hotel and back again. You’ll have more time to spend relaxing in the sun, sea, and sand.
Meanwhile, Marina Grande is also great if you are using Capri as the base for a longer trip and want to be able to venture away from the island. You will have no trouble exploring the mainland as well as the whole of Capri. Major cities including Naples, Amalfi, and Pompeii will be within easy reach with ferries.
Since almost every visitor to Marina Grande comes through here, it can get pretty busy, thanks to an influx of tourists arriving on day trips from the mainland. If you are looking for a quiet retreat, Marina Grande is not ideal. However, it is perfect if you prefer a livelier neighborhood.
It’s much more laid-back in the evenings though, once all of the day-trippers have headed back to the mainland. Then you can really enjoy the romantic atmosphere, wandering the winding streets in peace and quiet.
When you do want to take some time to relax you can head to Marina Grande beach, the largest sandy beach on Capri. The beach has plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas, to ensure even the pebbly areas are comfortable. There are also several beach bars and restaurants such as Le Ondine and Lo Smeraldo overlooking the water for when you get peckish.
Alternatively, take a shuttle ride to the exclusive Bagno di Tiberi Beach Club. Only accessible by boat, Bagno di Tiberi feels much more exclusive and fancy. It’s also typically a lot quieter than the more easily accessible Marina Grande beach.
Closer to sea level, Marina Grande doesn’t have the most impressive views on Capri. However, those who have the energy can climb the stone stairs of Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps). Leading up the mountains between Capri Town and Anacapri, the view from the top of the staircase is exquisite.
Just beyond the top of the stairs are the ruins of Castello Barbarossa. Dating back to at least the 10th century, the castle was destroyed during a siege in the 1500s. They now stand as a stunning accent to the view from the top of the mountains.
This Marina Grande port area is well-connected with the rest of the island. You can take the funicolare to the Piazzetta in Capri town. There are also buses, open-air taxis, boat tours around the island, and small rowboats to the famous Blue Grotto.
Marina Grande offers a wide range of accommodation for all kind of travelers, with holiday home, villas, B&B, guest houses and apartments.
Stay In Marina Grande If you are planning a shorter stay on Capri one or two night; you want to be able to easily access ferries to other destinations; you don’t mind staying in one of the more crowded areas of the island;
Best places to stay in Capri in Marina Grande:
luxury ($$$): Luxury Villa Excelsior Parco This five star hotel is located halfway between Marina Grande port and the famous Piazzetta. There is a free shuttle service from Capri’s Marina Grande port, and Piazzetta. The hotel has 2 hot tubs with panoramic views and a rooftop garden.
mid-range ($$): Relais Maresca Luxury Small Hotel This four star hotel has a typical Capri style: the rooms with Vietri tiles. You can enjoy roof garden and sun terrace, the bar on the ground floor, the restaurant La Terrazza, on the 4th floor, serves delicious regional cusines.
budget ($): Capri Inn This Bed and breakfast is just 200 m from the ferry terminal. It has a rooftop terrace with sun loungers and an Italian breakfast every morning.FIND BEST HOTELS IN MARINA GRANDE
4. Marina Piccola
Situated on the southern side of Capri, Marina Piccola offers a tranquil and scenic seaside escape. The area is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and dramatic cliffs. It’s a great spot for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying the panoramic views.
Although Marina Piccola is quieter compared to other areas, you’ll still find a few restaurants and beach clubs where you can unwind and savor the island’s beauty.
The epic poet Homer used the area as the setting for the home of the sirens in The Odyssey. Visitors can even climb the worn steps to the exact rocky plateau where they supposedly lived.
Marina Piccola is best known for its numerous beaches. If you plan to spend the majority of your vacation relaxing on the beach and swimming in the sea, then this area is perfect.
Tucked into a natural cove, Marina Piccola and its beaches are sheltered from the wind. As such, the water here is especially calm and warm. It’s great for families with kids who want a more tranquil sea for young ones to play and learn to swim in.
Whilst relaxing along the beaches and seafront of Marina Piccola, you can also enjoy clear views of the famous Faraglioni rock formations. The towering rocks are one of the iconic symbols of the island.
Of course, they are even better appreciated from up close on the water, so consider hiring a boat or tour guide to take you out. The lovely Grotta Verde is also close to Marina Piccola. Make the most of your boat hire and visit both.
Alternatively, head up the mountain overlooking Marina Piccola to the Osservatorio Solare. The old observatory boasts impressive views over the water and the rock formations.
The nearby 16th-century Santa Maria church is also well worth a look around whilst you’re up there.
If you’d rather avoid the climb, the Belvedire di Punta Cannone viewpoint is just to the east of town. In addition to views of the Faraglioni, you can also pose with the 19th-century cannon the viewpoint is named for.
Stay In Marina Piccola If You want to stay in a quiet village, close to the main Capri Town; Being close to plenty of beaches is your priority; You have an appreciation for classical mythology and would love to stay in a location that is featured in Homer’s Odyssey;
Best places to stay in Capri in Marina Piccola:FIND BEST HOTELS IN MARINA PICCOLA
The rural Pizzolungo area curves around the southeast corner of the island. Outside of the main towns, the area is much quieter and more laid back. It’s ideal for relaxing vacations and the plentiful open space makes it ideal for families.
The area is popular with wealthy travelers. Many of the villas here are the holiday homes of the rich and famous, who want an escape from the bustling tourist districts. It’s easy to see why those who can live anywhere choose to live here. The area is particularly beautiful, with plenty to see and do.
Various walking trails wind along the clifftops of Pizzolungo. Sheltered by trees and with a sea breeze wafting in from the water, it’s the perfect place to take a bracing hike, even on a hotter day.
From atop the cliffs, you can take in stunning views of the Italian mainland and Faraglioni rock formations.
Whether you choose to follow the walking trails or prefer to drive, there are tons of sights to discover along the seafront here. The Arco Naturale is another famous rock formation. Formed during the paleolithic era, the stone arch makes an impressive frame for the stunning sea views.
Further north you will find the ruins of Emperor Tiberius’ Villa. Dating back to the 1st century, Villa Jovis is impressively preserved for a structure of its age. Spread over several levels, many of the old walls, hallways, and columns still remain. From here, you can view Ischia and Pricida islands. It’s one of the must-visit sights on Capri.
A more modern alternative is the Villa Malaparte. This 20th-century villa sits at the end of a rocky outcrop, providing almost panoramic sea views. The villa can only be reached on foot but frequent cultural events beckon visitors to make the journey.
If you head down onto the water, there are more sea caves for you to explore. Grotta Bianca, or the White Grotto, provides a similar experience to the blue and green grottos on the other side of the island. Its crystalline waters and ethereal glow make it a popular destination for boat tours.
Stay In Pizzolungo If you want a quieter location away from the hustle and bustle of the main towns; you are planning a more luxury vacation; you enjoy spending time exploring the outdoors;
Best places to stay in Capri in Pizzolungo:FIND BEST HOTELS IN PIZZOLUNGO
Where should I stay in Capri for the first time?
For your first time visiting Capri, I recommend staying in Capri Town, which is the main town on the island. Capri Town offers a perfect balance between convenience, attractions, dining options, and access to transportation, making it an ideal choice for first-time visitors.
Where are the best areas to stay in Capri for tourists?
Capri Town, Anacapri, Marina Grande, Marina Piccola, and Pizzolungo are some of the best areas to stay in Capri for tourists. They are the most popular towns on the island, offering plenty of things to do and see for visitors.
Where is the best place to stay in Capri, Italy?
Capri Town is the best overall place to stay in Capri for tourists, especially for first-timers because it is the main town on the island and is a hub of activity. Staying in Capri Town gives you easy access to attractions like the Piazzetta, Gardens of Augustus, and the funicular to Marina Grande.
Where to Stay in Capri or Anacapri?
Capri is better area if you want to stay in the center of the action with vibrant nightlife. Anacapri is better location if you want a quiet, laid back, and authentic holiday. Capri is located only 10 minute ride by bus from Anacapri.
How many days to stay in Capri is enough?
If you want to see Capri and enjoy it to the fullest you need to stay on the island at least 5 to 6 days. This amount of time will allow you to see the top tourist attractions and get the sense of local culture without rushing.
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Summary – Where to stay in Capri?
In conclusion, Capri Town, Anacapri, and Marina Grande are some of the best places stay in Capri for tourists. Capri Town is the best area for travelers who want to be in the heart of the action with vibrant nightlife; Anacapri is best location for visitors who want quieter and local vibe; Marina Grande is the best place for tourists who want easy access to ferries.
The best area to stay in Capri is your choice! Capri is small enough that you will be able to get around the whole island easily, no matter where you stay in Capri. That said, if you can find your dream hotel in your ideal location it will make your stay even more magical.