I'm a major foodie, so I was pretty much obsessed with the idea of having Caprese salad on the island of Capri right from the beginning of our Italy trip planning. However, Capri turned out to be much, much more than just salad. We fell head over heels in love with the cute little streets, the architecture, the Mediterranean decor. In fact, we actually went there on 2 of our precious days on the Almafi coast. However, we wasted quite a bit of time the first day because we didn't realize how large Capri is and we didn't have a great plan. I'm here to save that from happening to you!
This is what I would do if I only had one day...
We took a ferry from Positano the first time. It was quick and smooth sailing. I highly recommend catching the earliest ferry there and the latest ferry back to maximize your time. You might want to buy tickets in advance to make sure these sailings don't sell out as they are the most popular! We participated in a tour on a smaller boat the second time we went. We got to see the whole island from the water, which was awesome, but I felt pretty seasick. My recommendation would be to just take the ferry!
Any way you arrive, you will be dropped off at Marina Grande. There's a pretty beach there, but not much else other than touristy shops and restaurants. From here, you will need to take some kind of transportation to get to one of the 2 main towns, which are on opposite sides of the island - Capri and Anacapri. Transportation options include buses (cheap, but crowded like sardines) or taxis (expensive). For Capri, there is a tram you can take to and from Marina Grande, or it's about a 30-45 minute walk.
WHAT TO DO
To save time, my recommendation would be to start with taking the tram from Marina Grande to Capri. Capri is the ritzy area and where you'll find all the high-end, designer shops. We didn't do much here other than wander around and get gelato and granitas (a must).
From Capri, there are a couple walks to major tourist sites. The most important one to hit up is Augustus Gardens. This is where you'll get the best views of the II Faraglione rock formation, a set of 3 large rocks, sculpted over time by the sea and weather.
The second walk from Capri is to Arco Naturale (Natural Arch), the remains of a large grotto. Presently, there is work being done to reinforce the rocks and the arch isn't very visible. We didn't know this and our hearts sank when we got there and it looked like this:
But all was not lost because the walk there was SO beautiful! I just love all the white stucco, iron gates, ceramic tiles, and pink and purple flowers in Capri and this walk had plenty of that!
After you're done in Capri, you should head over to the quieter Anacapri, either by bus or taxi.
Once there, you'll probably be hungry for lunch. Stop at any number of places and be sure to try Caprese salad! Anacapri also has lots of great little shops that are are less pricey than Capri. I picked up an adorable locally-made clutch at a boutique. It has the pattern of the store's wrought iron window printed on it. Love the history associated with it!
Next, you'll want to take the single-passenger chair lift to Mount Solaro, the highest point of the island, for stunning panoramic views of the whole island.
When you've taken the chairlift back down from Mount Solaro, you can either spend more time in Anacapri, or head back to Marina Grande by bus or taxi. Once there, if you have time, grab a couple drinks from a shop and lounge at the beautiful beach before you catch the ferry back!
Note: we did not go the Blue Grotto as we heard it is super busy and can take forever to get in, if you get in at all. You can read about it here to see if it's something that would be important to you. We didn't really think it was worth it.
1) Caprese salad, obvs!!! Insalata Caprese in Italian. We had it both days we went, both times in Anacapri. I can't remember the names of the restaurants, but they were both delish! P.S. Caprese is pronounced "kah-pree-see".
2. Buonocore Gelateria in Capri. You will smell the homemade waffle cones from a mile away! Ours were still warm when we got them. This area specializes in citrus fruits, so try the lemon and orange flavours!
3. Fruit granitas, again lemon or orange. Limoncello is a nice addition!
I'd go back to Capri in a heartbeat! Sigh...