Hotel Alfonso a Mare | Praiano, Amalfi Coast

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From my room I walk slowly down the stairs and in a few minutes I sit down on one of the empty beach chairs and listen how the sea plays with the pebbles on the beach,…Marina di Praia, Hotel alfonso a Mare

Italian Summers on the Amalfi Coast, colorful ceramics, hotel alfonso al Mare near Positano, photo by Lisa van de Pol, Italian Summers
Italian summers on the Amalfi Coast on the beautiful beach of Praiano. Secluded bay on the ner Positano. Photo by Lisa van de Pol, Italian summers
Italian Summers on the Amalfi Coast, beachlife near Positano, Photo by Lisa van de Pol, Italian summers

The small fishing village Marina di Praia

In one of the most enchanting bays of the Amalfi Coast, between Amalfi and Positano, in the small fishing village Marina di Praia, you will find Hotel Alfonso a Mare.  The hotel \restaurant run by an Italian family is located in the middle of the beach just meters from the crystal clear sea. On their terrace overlooking the sea fresh fish is served as well as delicious pizza.

Locals and fisherman

Tourists are often unaware of this bay and you also find there mostly Italians and locals. From your hotel room you walk on the pebble beach into the sea and you can eat at the delicious restaurant or take your bottle of wine and sit on the beach with the water between your toes.

Tableware in colors of the Amalfi Coast

Breakfast at hotel Alfonso a Mare is an Italian festa itself. You will have your breakfast in the shady part of the restaurant where large windows and doors swing open to the sea. You can enjoy a nice cool breeze during hot summer days here.  I am a huge fan of all the bright colored tableware from Vietri sul Mare, with its Mediterranean colors. If you also like this then you’ve come to the right place. What a happy way to wake up in the morning!

Italian summers on the amalfi Coast, secret bays near Positano, Photo by Lisa van de Pol Italian summers
Italian Summers on the Amalfi Coast, secluded beach bays near Positano. Photo by Lisa van de Pol, Italian Summers

Breakfast at an old fishing boat

Your breakfast is displayed on an old fishing boat and beautifully colored plates are waiting for you. Fresh breads, spreads, fruits, yogurt, eggs and whatever you want. If something is not there, just ask and they will bring you what you need.

Seaview and balcony

All rooms have views on the bay and sea. Personally, I prefer the rooms in the white building (on the left of the bay). From there you can see the entire bay with it’s local beachlife and the fischerman, the coming and going of the boats on the corner of the bay and whats happening in the restaurant. I just love to sit on my little balcony for hours and watch the local life! The rooms in this part are a bit simpler but I always go for the atmosphere. It’s perfecly clean and there is everything you need, also a fridge.


One part of the hotel is carved into a huge cliff

Hotel Alfonso a Mare consists of two buidlings. The part of the hotel where the restaurant is, in the middle of the beach, this is the red colored building. The other part of the hotel carved into the rock, this is the white colored part of the hotel. Pretty impressive when you look up!


From your hotel room you walk straight on to the beach

Hotel Alfonso a Mare has an incredibly good position! It’s in the middle of the bay of Marina di Praia and directly on the beach just meters from the sea. From your hotel room you actually walk on to the beach and crystal clear water. Perfect if you like to stay on the beach late at night to listen to the music of the sea!

Italian summers on the amalfi Coast. Romantic evenings on the beach. Photo Lisa van de Pol, Italian Summers

Nightlife here is Italian streetlife

The word ‘nightlife’ for me does not really fit into the Southern Italian culture because Italian life happens in the streets anyway. People have drinks on terraces, they sit on little old walls eating ice cream, and they love to stay out outside until late at night. Besides the restaurant of Alfonso a Mare, there are a number of other restaurants where you can eat well.

Dance into the night if you want

If you want to dance into the night then walk up to l’Africana.  The kind of Italian club where you can eat and dance, very common in Italia. You walk to the right along the rocks and follow a narrow path and you can see it from far. In the bay itself you actually have absolutely no disturbance from the disco at all. It’s fun to watch the beautiful people dressed up on their way to the disco, from your balcony.

Italian summers on the amalfi coast, italian seafood. Photo by Lisa van de Pol, Italian summers
Marina di Praia, Hotel alfons a Mare, signs, Photo Lisa van de Pol, Italian Summers
Italian Summers on the Amalfi coast, eating real Baba. Photo by Lisa van de Pol, Italian Summers

A car or scooter is useful to explore the Amalfi Coast

If you just want to stay on the beach you don’t need any transportation then your own feet in this beautiful bay. However, if you want to explore the Amalfi Coast while you are there you need a car or scooter. Yes, I know, the Amalfi Coast has a reputation, so If you don’t want to drive, at the entrance of the hotel there is a bus stop to go to Positano, Amalfi and other places. But, while you are there, you can also take a taxi boat to other places, more fun, more expensive, but the views on Amalfi Coast from the see are uncomparable.

Italian summers on the amalfi coast, near Positano, secret beach bays, Photo byb Lisa van de Pol, Italian summers
Italian Summers on the amalfi coast near Positano, A secluded beach, Photo by Lisa van de Pol, Italian summers

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