Fortini Coastal Walk
Fortini Coastal Walk
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annabel b
88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Yes, the views are amazing. But it took us almost 4 hours from
Blue grotto up to the bus pick up before the lighthouse. We’re in excellent health but in our 70’s. I was leaning into rocks during the steep drops. Also we didn’t think the signage was that great. My husband had problems because he has big feet… and there were many narrow rocky parts. Others went by with no problems. We hiked 2 weeks in the Berner Oberland and thought this was much more difficult. But, it was an adventure and we did it! Awesome views.
Written March 23, 2024
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Caitlyn
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Enjoyable, highly scenic walk along the west coast of the island to/from the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) to Faro (the lighthouse). Depending on how often you stop and how fast you walk, will take around 2 hours.

Pros:
- Really beautiful. Stunning views. Even better than the pictures.
- Forts along the path are in very good shape, with handrails so you can explore them thoroughly and confidently. Most parts of the trail are also well maintained.
- Well labeled signs to help you where hiking paths intersect, and additional info available on lovely hand-drawn tiles throughout the trail to provide education on history, flora, and fauna along the route.
- Swimming spots at the beginning and end, and a hidden one about halfway through down some concrete steps.

Cons:
- LOTS of narrow stairs. Not recommended for younger children or those with joint issues of any kind. The scariest have handrails, but still large steep steps.
- Sections of the trail need maintenance. Low hanging branches, overgrown bushes/grass, deteriorated paths, etc. Nothing too dangerous, but would be painful if the trail was more crowded or for those with less mobility.

General tips:
- What to bring.... water, sunscreen, bug spray. Long stretches of the trail are in direct sunlight. There's a place to refill bottles about halfway through for free, or occasional cutouts back to the main road if needed.
- What to wear... layers and comfortable shoes suitable for a hike! As mentioned, there are a lot of uneven steps, and the trail itself isn't always smooth. I'd be very nervous to do this in sandals. Parts of the trail will be chilly in the shade in the morning, but hot in the afternoon in the sunshine.
- If you only want to walk one way, take the bus back to Anacapri from either end for 2 euros. Buses are every 30 min max.
- If you don't want to do the whole hike, the best views are between Faro and Mesola. After that, the trail goes a bit further inland and the brush gets much taller, which obstructs the view a bit. Still very much worth doing, and there are occasional outcrops to get some clear shots. You get to walk through some local olive farms and greenery which is still quite enjoyable.
Written June 6, 2019
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designtwin
Miami Beach, FL249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Take great walking shoes, and water. This is a sweaty walk in September. It took us about 3.5 hours, mainly because we got lost for 30 minutes near the Blue Grotto.
The views are amazing, the path is narrow, and some of the slopes can be scary, but it is worth it.
In Anacapri, you can get a map of this route from the Information station near the main square. They will also tell you that going either direction is the same. . . which in my opinion is not true.
We started from the next to last bus stop near the Blue Grotto. The entrance is about 100 feet north and on the right. The path is overgrown and narrow to begin with and then we ran into trouble at a path change at Fortino Di Orrico because we don't speak Italian and couldn't read the sign telling us to go the other way. If we had been coming from the other direction, we wouldn't have had that problem. We got lost for 30 minutes in thick scraping brush and way too close to the cliff before turning around.
Near the lighthouse, there is a very steep incline that you could avoid by going the opposite direction. My advice is to start at Faro (the lighthouse). The hardest part will be the widely spaced stairs up at the beginning and then it will be pretty easy from their on, and you can avoid the steep incline and getting lost because trail is fairly well marked from that point on. Also, if you get confused, look for red spray paint marks, someone added those along the path to make certain points easier. There are also hand painted road signs to help along the way.
Halfway there is also a spot you can jump in the water if you don't mind more stairs, near Fortino di Mesola. There is also a cool wooden bridge near Cala del Rio which makes for good photos.
Written September 21, 2014
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Jeanette
Melbourne, Australia437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We are a couple in our mid fifties and early sixties. We are relatively fit but certainly not athletes. This walk is very do-able but you need to make sure you have plenty of water, sunhats and good shoes. Also, try to do the walk early when it isn't too hot. The walk took us around 2 1/2 hours (and we took plenty of short breaks). I recommend starting the walk at the blue grotto (Grotta Azzurra) and walking in the direction of the lighthouse (
Faro Di Punta Carena). The first part of the walk has quite a lot of shade but in the last third, you are pretty exposed to the sun. The walk has gorgeous ocean views.... it is absolutely magnificent. When we finished our walk, we swam in the wonderful beach next to the lighhouse called Lido del Faro with all the locals. What a treat!!!! We then took the bus back to our hotel.... it was a fantastic day!
Written May 26, 2018
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Andrew J
New York City, NY50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
If you take the bus from Anacapri to the Blue Grotto, tell the driver you want to get off at Fortini. This is technically the beginning of the hike (the hike does not start at the blue grotto, but you can start there if you want but you will need to walk on the road a bit.

If you end at the beach club, you can look forward to a delicious lunch! Just make a reservation as you will need one - the hike takes about 2.5 hours, so plan accordingly.

Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes.

One reviewer commented on an "uphill" segment near the end as you approach the beach club. True - its about 350 meters or so and is a little steep, but if you can do the hike you can do this segment. If you are reasonable fit, it's not a big deal.

Views are beautiful. In and out of woods, but the woods offer shade on a hot day. Largely walk overlooking the rugged and beautiful coastline.

Ending at the blue grotto is sort of anti-climatic - they have a small and average restaurant there, and it often can be crowded, and as noted, you need to walk on the road a bit which can be unnerving in Italy.

The beach club is very nice, right on there water, excellent food, and nice place to chill if you arrive early for your lunch reservation. We were advised to do this by a local, after having first done the walk and ending at the grotto - good advice!

PS - follow the trial markers!!!! In a few spots the trail seems to be ahead of you but the marker tells you to, for example, turn left. So turn left!
Written August 7, 2022
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DG
Brisbane, Australia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We took note of previous reviews and started our walk from the Faro Lighthouse end, walking toward Grotto Azzurra. We started the walk a little late around 10am. The sun was shining and warm. We took plenty of water.

As with previous reviewers I agree that the path is a little rocky and narrow in some parts. It has lots of ups and downs with staircases and very little rails. Despite this at no time did I feel unsafe. My husband and I are in our mid 50's with reasonable fitness and we walked this track very comfortably.

The plaques along the path are informative and we used our map and these plaques to guide us and we found our way easily.

We did the walk in an hour and 20 minutes, but I fess up that this was because on commencing our walk we checked with the bus driver to confirm the start of the path. Due to our poor Italian I think our bus driver was concerned so told us to jump in the bus & he would take us. This resulted in him dropping us up the hill.

In hindsight we feel we missed a bit of the path and realised that where we thought the start of the path was near the bus stop in Faro was correct.

Despite the rocky & narrow path it wasn't slippery due to the warm summer weather. Some parts of the walk are shaded. We passed about 3 other walkers, young, mature and one with a child of about 4.

Stop to read the beautiful ceramic tile information.

An enjoyable walk I would gladly do again.

The buses to and from Faro and Grotto Azzurra are easy to catch from the main towns on the island.

As other reviewers have said there are spots to take a swim along the way, however they are not easily accessible and we waited and went to the public beach at Grotto Azzurra, which was fabulous.
Written June 14, 2017
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Philip H
Gothenburg, Sweden776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
It seems that outdoor attractions that I have reviewed on TA have received the rating "Excellent". Fortini Coastal Walk is no exception. If you have the time, this walk and Matermania walk together with Mount Solaro, are the top out door attractions when visiting Capri. The Fortini Coastal Walk is breathtaking, but will take you at least half a day if you aim to do the whole walk. It's difficult to point to specific spots that are especially attractive, as all of the Fortini Coastal Walk is so amazing.
Written April 15, 2015
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nycamy2018
New York City, NY63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We started the walk around 10am in August and immediately started sweating. However, we enjoyed every minute of the walk! It's not good for young children or people scared of heights. You do walk pretty close to the edge of the cliffs. That said, I'm no big risk taker and felt totally safe doing this walk. Keep your eyes on the trail (hard to do with the views) and wear tennis shoes or hiking boots. Follow the red dots and ceramic "books" to stay on the trail... Hard to get lost as long as you start at the lighthouse and keep the water on your left.

You can swim at the free beach at the end or take the stairs to the blue grotto (this is absolutely the better way to see the grotto than via boat btw). The beach is a typical cliff style beach, no sand, no pebbles.
Written August 14, 2018
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36Mega
Melbourne, Australia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We completed this walk in about 2.5 hrs starting at the lighthouse and going to the Blue Grotto.
We loved the variety of the scenery and the spectacular views. It is a great way to get a feel for the west side of the island.
We downloaded the free Avenza map of Capri prior to starting (we do this for all our hiking around the world) as it shows us offline where we are on the map of the area. A couple of times we weren't sure if we were on the right track but with this map it was quickly confirmed or rectified.
We ended with a rowboat ride into the Blue Grotto which we accessed from the road side.
Written October 21, 2017
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LazyDaisy42
Summit, NJ48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
It is a shame that most people spend their time in Capri inside souvenir shops or high-end stores they probably can't afford. The island is one of the most beautiful in the world, and this hike is simply stunning. Start at Villa Damecuta and follow the red blazes along the cliffs for a gorgeous hike. We took our time admiring the views and even dipping our feet in a swimming hole. I think it took us about 3 hours to get to the lighthouse where we took a bus back to Anacapri.
Capri town and Anacapri are swarming with tourists, but we only saw about 12 other people on this entire hike-- 4 hikers and a group of sunbathers!
Written August 2, 2014
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