Is Capri worth visiting?

Dear Capri: Is It Just Me Or Is It You Too?

I was never keen on going to Capri. However, my parents wanted to see it and my colleagues at work were telling me how wonderful it is, so I figured why not. We bought our tickets to the boat from Positano the day before and the next morning we were the first people enjoying a coffee by the beach, looking at a lovely blue sky and a calm sea. Sounded like the start of a  perfect day, doesn’t it? But then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked

As we were waiting for the boat, dark clouds started to appear above the city and it was getting cold. I had two thoughts at that point: “So glad I didn’t wear shorts but I did put on sunscreen” and “Well as long as it doesn’t rain, it will be fine”. Who was I kidding though, I knew there’s a reason that all those beautiful Capri pictures have a blue sky. The boat came and left and I was happy to take some shots of Positano as we were sailing away, until I got cold and went inside where I started to feel a little claustrophobic since there were a lot of people. Not only that, but I got sea sick for the first time in my life. Hope it won’t happen again though!

Faraglioni, Capri

As we were approaching Faraglioni, Capri’s famous three rocks (stacks actually), I went on the top deck to take some photos. Yep, I was definitely underdressed. Regardless, once we reached Marina Grande we wanted to buy tickets to the funicular, but we realized it wasn’t worth catching a cold, so we stopped to buy something to keep us warm. That’s why for the rest of the day I wore a comfy made in China hoodie with CAPRI written on it. I have to admit, I felt a little self conscious wearing the hoodie, like one of those people wearing an I ♥ Paris shirt, while in Paris, but as it got colder and started to rain, I saw more and more people wearing similar hoodies, so it became funny after a while.

We got off the funicular and were welcomed by a crowded Piazzetta in Capri Town. We didn’t have a plan in mind so we started wandering the streets and do some window shopping. From the start, one thing was clear: Capri would be so much better if it weren’t so crowded and expensive. Let me tell you, I’m not the most frugal traveler and I do enjoy splurging every now and then, but the prices in Capri were so off putting, I felt like I should return only after I’ve won the lottery. It went something like this: see something I like -> see price -> weep -> walk away.

Although the famous wavy road Via Krupp was closed, we did see it from the Gardens of Augustus, one of the most beautiful places on the island. Once again I wished there were fewer people, I couldn’t even sit for a photo on one of the benches with a view, there was one buff guy on one of them, eating his biscuits very slowly, I kept hoping he’d finish the damn pack before I died of old age. No such luck. He’s probably still there.

We continued to wander and found some quiet streets with lovely houses, four stars hotels and a vicious cat. I started to think that Capri isn’t all bad, I loved those streets and if it were sunny, it would have been even nicer. Still, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that maybe Capri just wasn’t for me. I wanted to visit Arco Naturale, a natural arch made from a collapsed grotto, but with an imminent rain, we decided to go seek shelter.

And we found shelter in a lovely restaurant with a view. Well, it wasn’t much of a view, considering it was foggy and raining, but the food was excellent, I had octopus for the first time in forever and it was one of the best meals I had on the whole trip. If you’re curious, the restaurant was Al Capri Don Alfonso. When we got off the funicular, it was even colder (how was that possible) and raining a lot, so we sought refuge in a cafe. I wasn’t that much of a coffee drinker before this trip. I am now though. #CapuccinosForLife

As we were waiting for the boat, I saw more and more people wearing Capri hoodies, I found it so funny and I felt a little better knowing that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t come prepared. I left Capri that day, not knowing what to make of it. I had mixed feelings then and I still do.

I don’t know if I would visit Capri again, but that shouldn’t stop you from going. Here are two lovely posts about Capri in the sun: Capri From Above: The Summit Of Monte Solaro and Capri: the Island of the Sun (and the Stars)

Have you ever visited Capri? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on it.

 

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  • It sucks when bad weather ruins your carefully thought out plans! I’ve had my fair share too. I’m surprised that Capri is so overcrowded and expensive, as I hadn’t heard a lot of buzz about it before visiting Naples. But perhaps it’s more well known among European travelers. The reference to a “vicious cat” was amusing – i wonder about the story behind that! Haha

    • Yeah, I think it’s better known around here, thanks to European writers. 🙂

  • Oh man, dont you just hate it when a place that’s supposed to be pretty perfect comes together in all the wrong ways? The early bit actually made be flash back to this (arch in the sea and all!): https://gohomeandaway.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/crimea-day-17-koktebel-kara-dag-and-port/

    But the rest just sounds frustrating – your crankiness was palpable 😉

    • To be honest I wasn’t as cranky as I thought I’d be, but I was disappointed, I was expecting something better maybe 🙁

  • World Journeys

    it still looks like a beautiful spot!

    • It’s a beautiful island indeed!

  • I’m hoping to make a boat day trip to Capri while we are in Postiano for our honeymoon. I knew it was expensive there, but I’m a little afraid now I’ll feel out of place. I always feel that way whenever is so nice and fancy. Like when we were looking for engagement rings, we went into Tiffany’s…… certainly felt like Holly Golightly. I’ll look from the outside haha

    • I felt out of place too, but I realized it was ridiculous, there were a lot of people just like me there, who came to have a look around the island on a boat trip from Positano. You don’t need to worry about it 😉

  • Ah, Capri, I miss it so much! Your post reminded me of how beautiful Italy is and especially the famous Capri with its winding roads and beautiful gardens. When we were there my husband rented a kayak and we went very close to those two Faraglioni. I was so scared though because the water was a little choppy and close to the rocks it seemed even worse. No wonder that you felt sick in those waters. They seem nice and calm from the shore, but they can be vicious.

    • I can only imagine how it must have felt in the kayak there, but I bet it was an incredible experience.

  • Cat Lin

    wow I have always wanted to visit, now you’re making me wanna go there even more! Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Thank you, hope you can go one day! 😀

  • Ahila Thillainathan

    The photo of the Capri rocks looks beautiful. Sorry that you felt seasick though.

    • Thank you 🙂

  • We stayed overnight on Capri and really enjoyed wandering round the island with pretty lemon groves and sweeping views down to the see… not as much fun in the rain though.

    We had a rainy rough passage across from Naples. The staff on the boat were quite insistent on giving us all sick bags before we left Naples! They knew what they were doing …

    • It would have been good to stay overnight, maybe the skies would have cleared up and I could have seen more parts of the island, like Anacapri.

  • Anisa Alhilali

    It has been many years since I visited Capri. I just remember it was beautiful, the roads were scary, and we could do the blue grotto because of the weather….

    • If you visit the Amalfi Coast, you should check out the Emerald Grotto. Less tourists, but equally beautiful! 😀

  • We were in Positano but didn’t go to Capri because of weather. Have always wanted to go see the blue grotto though.

    • I haven’t seen the Blue Grotto, mostly because of bad weather, but also because I heard it’s not so great. I have seen the less famous Emerald Grotto on the Amalfi Coast and it was really cool 🙂

  • Looks like a nice place visit. The prices that you talk of will mean that we will never visit this place. That road looks amazing as it snakes it was up or down the hill depending on which way you look at it. The food looks nice and tasty

    • Unless you plan on doing any shopping, you can visit Capri on a budget. The food in restaurants is more expensive than in other places on the Amalfi Coast though.

  • Have you been nearby to places like Castellabate?

    • I have been to the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Naples 🙂

  • Oh no! I am sorry the weather didn’t cooperate during your visit. I enjoyed Capri when I visited (but the weather was nice). Like you said, everything was beyond expensive. We didn’t buy anything other than lunch and water (we should have gotten some from a public fountain). And, I know hat you mean by buying a not so good looking piece of clothing because you are underdressed. It happened once to me in Paris. Once the jacket was washed for the first time, it was useless.

    • I bought a couple of souvenirs from a shop with average prices and checked out a local perfume shop, but when I saw the price tag on a tiny bottle, I didn’t know how to find the exit faster, haha

  • John Pilkington

    What? No photo of the buff guy… 😉

    I can really empathise with your disappointment – the weather is the one thing you can’t control but there’s nothing as gutting as arrived somewhere beautiful being met with rain, dark cloud or unseasonal weather 🙁

    • I should’ve taken a photo out of spite 😛 I’m sure I would have enjoyed Capri more had it been sunny and warm, but I don’t think I would have liked to return.

  • Capri is amazing! Regardless of the ‘cloudiness’ you took some amazing photos and it looks like you had a great time! Can’t wait to visit Capri again!

    • Thank you! I hope you’ll have great weather when you visit Capri again, haha

  • Ahh, but I always thought Capri was so amazing… It’s a shame how big crowds and greediness can ruin such a beautiful place. The photos are beautiful, even in the rain! As for the cat, I would’ve been very afraid..

  • After all, there was at least one bright moment there for you – good meal could is so rewarding. I haven’t been to Capri, but I got the same confused feelings visiting Siracusa in Sicily. I guess I had such high expectations before my trip there that I felt almost betrayed by the end of the day.

  • I guess your visit was worth it after all: you are a convert to the #cappuccinosforlife travel style. I’ll bet you think of that trip every time you wear that hoodie.

  • hahaha I laughed so hard with the guy eating biscuit. Oh my!! hahaha
    So sorry about the weather, I think if it was sunny it would have been better, for sure!
    I went to Capri only once, in 2003, for a day trip.. and I remember it was beautiful, but very expensive indeed!