Four miles to the east of Amalfi, Maiori is a firm family-favourite being blessed with one of the largest beaches on the Amalfi coast. Although much of the historic centre was destroyed in a major flood in 1954, there are still medieval corners to discover as well as charming churches, a pleasant seafront and plenty of eating choices. Its little sister, Minori, also has a lovely beach. Selecting one of the best places to stay in Maiori is a good choice for a family holiday (and for those wanting self catering, we recommend browsing the properties at our online partner, booking.com).
Before the floods, Maiori was an important port. Above the town are the ruins of the Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano; worth the climb for the views. The town itself is dominated by the colourful majolica-tiled dome of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare while on the headland to the east of the town is the extraordinary Santa Maria de Olearia, completely carved out of the cliff face. Begun in the 10th century as a shrine to Santa Maria de Olearia, cliff dwellings soon followed which were then transformed into a monastery in the 11th century. The main chapel has frescoed ceilings and crypt.
Maiori’s harbour has boats to hire to find beaches only accessible from the sea, pleasant evening strolls along the seafront and plenty of bars to enjoy a glass of limoncello.
Nearby Minori, has another lovely beach, pretty coloured houses and the remains of one of the area’s finest Roman villas, Villa Marittima Romana, complete with frescoes, mosaics and thermal baths.
The medieval Basilica of Santa Trofimena, restored in the 19th century, is also worth a visit; it houses the relics of Saint Trofimena, Amalfi’s patron saint.
Minori is also the place to eat pasta; in the 18th century, the town was famous for its pasta factories.
Our choice of the best places to stay in Maiori could be the answer if you want to combine a beach holiday with a bit of culture and a dramatic landscape.
Ancient palace turned boutique hotel. Admire statement artworks hanging on the walls, enjoy breakfast out on the breezy terrace with the Amalfi coast for a backdrop. Elegant, romantic and artsy. A great little find.
A romantic boutique hotel in a cliff top setting with an infinity pool. Authentically decorated rooms and suites with hand-painted furniture and ceramics, four poster beds, and mezzanine levels. Fabulous orchids; exotic and botanical gardens. Oozing with Amalfi charm.