The island of Procida, easy to get to from Naples, is the lesser known, little sister of nearby Capri and Ischia and although recently the images of the pastel-coloured houses have been seen on tv and the internet because of the allocation of the island as Italian Capital of Culture 2022.
If the best-known image of the island is that of Corricella, together with some scenes from films such as Il Postino or The Talent of Mr. Ripley, not everyone knows its beaches.
We want to reveal a secret: in Procida the sea is beautiful and, if you come to visit us, you can choose from 6 different beaches, moving from one to the other depending on the light and the wind.
Chiaia beach is the most central beach, but at the same time also the most “isolated”. It’s a few minutes from our resort and is the one we recommend to our guests in the morning as it is the first beach to get shaded. In fact, the sun sets on the opposite side of the island.
This little paradise is largely free beach. There is only one beach with a restaurant called “La Conchiglia”,. The beach can be reached in two ways: by foot or by sea. On foot you can reach it by taking 186 steps down an alley that starts from Piazza Olmo, or through Via dei Bagni from Piazza San Giacomo. The panorama is the most beautiful of Procida: on the right side you can see the rock ridge on which some houses with typical island architecture stand, on the left side the port of Corricella, a small marine setting made of coloured houses set between the rock and the hill on which Terra Murata stands, the oldest nucleus of Procida. While in front of it the absolute protagonist is the very blue sea, from which Vesuvius can also be seen.
La Lingua Beach
Among the most beautiful beaches of Procida is the small but panoramic beach of La Lingua. Located in the Marina of Marina Grande, it is a pebble beach, unlike the other beaches on the island, which is characterized by thick and dark sand. Despite being very close to the port, it has not lost its naturalistic and somewhat “wild” charm, thanks to the rocky ridge covered with green that surrounds it. Even the water to swim in is very clean, slightly choppier and of an intense blue due to higher depths. La Lingua beach, in fact, overlooks the Procida canal, right in front of the Monte di Procida, a pass way point for maritime traffic coming from the mainland. La Lingua beach can be reached by taking Via Roma, the main street of Marina Grande, to the end. Another way to get to this beach is the descent via a route that descends along the rocky ridge starting from the end of via Bartolomeo Pagano, one of the crossroads that you meet on the left going up to Terra Murata.
Close to the port of Marina Grande, in via Roma on the Grotte side, there is the beautiful Silurenza beach. Convenient and easily reachable on foot along via Roma, Silurenza is the ideal beach for families with children. There is a toilet and a bar-restaurant a few meters from the beach.
Il Postino Beach
Among the beaches of Procida, one of the most beautiful is undoubtedly the Pozzo Vecchio beach, on the western side of the island. This beach is also commonly called the “Beach of Il Postino” it is here that one of the scenes of the famous 1994 film was shot, the one in which Mario (Massimo Troisi) and the beautiful Beatrice (Mariagrazia Cucinotta) meet and fall in love for the first time.
Going down the road that runs alongside the cemetery, characterized by a series of small buildings and domes that recall the typical island architecture, you reach the small and welcoming horseshoe-shaped bay, largely free beach. The beach is also known as the “Beach of the cemetery” because the municipal cemetery stands above it. From our resort it is about 20 minutes on foot.
The sand of the Pozzo Vecchio beach, like all the beaches of Procida, has a dark color, reminiscent of its volcanic origin, a feature that gives the eye a unique play of contrasts, making the blue of the sea even more intense. Here too there is a small bathing establishment, and a small beach that can only be reached by boat.
Two splendid rocks originating from the landslide of the rocky ridge, separate the Ciraccio beach from that of Chiaiolella.
Here the sun is present all day, while the mistral blows frequently in the afternoon. This is the longest sandy stretch of the whole island of Procida.
Ciraccio beach is more secluded than Chiaiolella and therefore quieter, there are no beach bars and it is full of beautiful shells! The sunset seen from here, overlooking Ischia, is the most extraordinary that can be seen on the island.
Between Punta Serra and the church of Santa Margherita Vecchia, the Chiaiolella beach, whose “real” name is Ciracciello, is the longest and most popular coast on the island, and its about 20 minutes on foot from our resort.
Chiaiolella beach is ideal for families with children. The coast is characterized by shallow waters, ideal for swimming safely, and by the presence of rocky areas. A luxuriant Mediterranean scrub makes the landscape even more intense.
As already mentioned for Ciraccio, even on this portion of the beach the sun shines all day, while in the afternoon it is common for the mistral to get stronger, making the sea a little rough, but no less beautiful. From here, in fact, it is possible to enjoy a unique view of the Islet of Vivara, a nature reserve, under the lights of a fantastic sunset. Behind the beach there is also a romantic dock overlooked by numerous tourist facilities, bars and restaurants. Walking along the dock or along the seafront, especially in the evening, allows you to enjoy the magical atmosphere of this charming corner of Procida. Here there are many beach bars suitable for couples or families with excellent catering services.
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