Between Praiano and Amalfi, Conca dei Marini hugs its little rocky inlet like a secret. Originally a fishing village - today it has only a few hundred inhabitants - its hidden location and charming houses built into the cliffs in seemingly impossible situations, turned it into an exclusive place to stay in post-war years. Today, the best places to stay in Conca dei Marini still have a whiff of exclusivity about them.
The attractions of the village are its tiny harbour and seafront, its extraordinary cliff-hugging houses, its crystal-clear waters and its food. International jet-setters who fell for its charms included Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Loren and Aristotle Onassis
One of the most impressive sights is the nearby grotto dello Smeraldo, a natural feature formed in the limestone cliffs. Essentially it’s a flooded cavern in which sunlight turns the water an iridescent shade of green while all around are weird and wonderfully shaped stalactites and stalagmites.
Buildings worth seeking out, that are tucked amongst the village’s houses and restaurants, are the church of St John the Baptist, whose spire is covered in majolica tiling, the church of San Pancrazio, a medieval martyr, and the 17th-century Conservatory of Santa Rosa of Lima, a former Dominican monastery and now a hotel..
Conca dei Marini is famous for a number of dishes including tuna (caught locally in season) and zuppa di pesce. The latter is flavoured with the locally grown pomodorini a piennolo, cylindrical-shaped cherry tomatoes which are dried in the dark and allowed to infuse the iodine-rich sea air. And everyone falls in love with the village’s sfogliatella Santa Rosa, a gorgeous pastry invented by the Dominican nuns of the Conservatory of Santa Rosa da Lima. The resourceful nuns added sugar, milk, dried fruit, semolina and glacé cherries to left-over bread dough to make this irresistible treat. Choose one of the best places to stay in Conca dei Marini and you can find out for yourself!
Conca dei Marini
Outwardly unassuming, this cliff top hotel will surprise with its magnificent views over the Amalfi coast, secluded private beach down steep steps, and old fashioned charm. A holiday destination for serious lazing in the sun in spectacular surroundings.
Conca dei Marini
A monastery renovated with romance and elegance. Its celestial views from its perch on a cliff top are to die for. The hotel captures the essence of la dolce vita with its location, understated but immaculate style, and its incredible spa facilities. A romantic destination.