The island of Capri lies just off the Amalfi Coast, about an hour long ferry ride from Amalfi itself. The ferry ride is gorgeous, passing the town of Positano on the way in. Positano was so lovely, that I decided then and there to spend my last day exploring it, but that’s for another post :)
Capri is stunningly, stupefyingly lovely. There’s a reason celebrities have been setting up little private villas on this rock – it’s so charming that I can see why people fall in love. Just look at the colour of the water.
My favourite part of Capri though, is a place called the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a cave in the side of the cliff face with an opening so small you have to lie down in the boat to get inside.
The boatman pulls the boat in via a chain on the ceiling of the cave. Once inside – you turn around, and the water glows. It glows with an incredible amount of sunlight, turning the water a deep, iridescent blue, like nothing I’ve ever seen. The boatmen circle the cave for about 2 minutes, no kidding. They sing as they do it, and combined with the light it’s quite surreal.
The wikipedia article, which I read before going, says it’s a ‘love it or loath it’ type spot. Either you’re blown away, or you’re amazed that you paid €25 to be in a cave for 2 minutes. Well, I loved it. Even better, I loved the friend I made before going in.
One of the great things about travelling alone is how many folks you meet. I met Barbara and Ernie at the docks before the boat ride to the cave. Ernie decided to forego the cave, and Barbara and I went in together. In the spirit of Harry Potter; there are some things you can’t do without becoming fast friends, and lying down on top of each other while being pulled into a glowing cave is one of them.