Tired of the Amalfi Coast’s beautiful towns and warm turquoise waters? No? Well, you’ll still want to do this; the Walk of the Gods.
It’s certainly no modest name for a hike. So does it live up to its name? YES!
The route starts from Agerola/Praiano and ends in Positano (depending on where you start it’s up to 8km), and in terms of difficulty it’s fairly straight forward; you definitely don’t need to be an experienced climber or hiker to do it. Just take a backpack full of food and water with you and some fairly sturdy shoes (though saying this I did it in sandals) and you will be well on your way to pure bliss. You don’t even need a map as it’s well marked out.
The start of the walk from Praiano:
Vertigo sufferers may want to give it a miss, though.
A convent lies nestled in the hillside about halfway along (depending on where you started), where things get as rustic as you could possibly dream of. The convent joins onto a farm, both of which are run by a family. On a little piece of cardboard hanging haphazardly outside one of the entrances is a sign saying ‘Drinks’. You’ll likely encounter one of the family at this point who will try entice you in with offerings of freshly squeezed lemon juice straight from the farm and freshly picked olives and figs. The prices aren’t particularly rustic, but who in their right mind could resist?
You are taken to a balcony area where two sets of tables are modestly laid out, and from here you look out at the scenery in awe whilst eating simple, delicious treats. Gorgeous.
And off you go again. From this point on the steps turn into rocks, but it’s nothing to worry about, and things start to get a whole lot higher…
…the convent gets further and further away…
There are even a number of picnic benches dotted along the way, like these (best picnic spots ever?):
And soon enough you’re brushing shoulders with clouds and approaching the tops of the peaks that loomed so high above you at the beginning. You really do feel as though you’re on top of the world, and it’s exhilarating.
As you start to descend again, the beautiful little village of Nocelle eventually appears. By the time I reached it the sun had almost set. From there you will take the 1500 steps down to Positano…. There are so many lovely little spots along the way that I’m going to put them in my next post…
What a view: