Amalfi coast

ITALY
October 2015

Walking between villages along one of the most spectacular coastlines in Italy. The Amalfi coast is simply breathtaking.

DAY 1 (19/10): MINORI – RAVELLO – ATRANI


We rented this house in Minori, called “Il Campanile” agrotourism. The house wasn’t accessible by car, which is common in this area.


View from our house over Minori village


Plenty of staircases when walking here


Minori beach front


A “tunnel street” in Minori


Torello, a small village between Minori and Ravello


Ravello main square


Ravello street


View towards Pontone village (and Pogerola further away in the distance) shortly before the Villa Cimbrone


Villa Cimbrone


View from the terrace in the villa garden


Descending from Ravello towards Atrani


Entering the Drogone valley


Reaching Atrani town


Caves


Atrani was perhaps the most exotic town we visited, like a pirate’s nest. The streets were very narrow, often tunnels.


The main square in Atrani. The street to the left is probably the largest “road” in the village :)


The church in Atrani, seen from the bus stop


One last view of the packed town of Atrani

DAY 2 (20/10): MINORI – MAIORI


View into the Sambuco valley behind Minori


Maiori


Pizza and wine at a trattoria


Waiting for the bus in Maiori

DAY 3 (21/10): MULLINI VALLEY


We took the bus to Amalfi town, probably the most beautiful of the ones we visited, but also the most touristy.


We started ascending towards Pontone village.


Amalfi is really squeezed in between steep mountains and the sea.


View towards Amalfi from Pontone village


In the outskirts of Pontone village


Entering the Ferriere valley


We reached the valley floor at this ruin of an old mill.


Behind the mill was a couple of nice waterfalls.


We passed several ruins of old paper mills on the way back to Amalfi.

DAY 4 (22/10): SAMBUCO VALLEY

Pretty bad weather this day. Instead of doing the high walk around the Ferriere valley, we decided on the Sambuco valley. The latter route started at our house, so we could just as well give it a try in spite of the bad weather. It was mostly in the forest and less touristy as it was further from the coast.


Through chestnut woods


A lot of chestnuts…


View of the valley from Sambuco village. This felt like a genuine farming village, far from the tourist crowds of the coast.


There were some old mill ruins in this village too.

DAY 5 (23/10): THE PATH OF THE GODS (DEGLI DEI)

We saved the best for last, and the weather was finally sunny. This is by far the most popular and famous trail on the Amalfi coast. And rightly so, because the views were the best we saw on the entire trip.


Descending from the Agerola plateu.


Old rock dwellings


An interesting rock pillar, split at the top


Rock walls that were full of caves


After Colle della sera, we reached this fountain and suddenly the classic view of the coastline opened up for us.


These views are why “The path of the Gods” is so famous


Positano


Nocelle village, the end of the hike


View from Nocelle

Rheinsteig

GERMANY
December 2012

We did this day hike with Benjamin and Eva, while visiting them in Frankfurt. We walked a small section (15 km) of the Rheinsteig hiking trail above the river Rhein. The trail visist forest, vinyards, castles, nice villages and offers nice viepoints over the river valley. We picked a perfect winter day of snow and sun!

We took the train from Frankfurt to the village Lorch, where we started the hike.

West Highland Way

SCOTLAND
April 2007

Me and my brother walked here for 4 days. The trail is probably the most famous and popular in all of UK. Perhaps it doesn’t live up to the hype, but it is still a nice hike that passes the highest peak of the UK (Ben Nevis, 1344m) and the largest lake of the UK (Loch Lomond). We spend a bit too much time in some local pubs and had to skip the middle third of the hike with a bus ride.

DAY 1: Fort William – Inverbeg

We took the bus from Glasgow to Fort William. As the bus passed Glencoe we saw a large deer with huge antlers, only 20 meters from the road.


The first 10 km of the hike, which passes Ben Nevis, was not very exciting. But when we reached the Lairigmor valley the scenery became very beautiful.

We had a snack break in an old ruin. Until we realized that it was a favorite place for hikers to go to the loo…