Sorrento Holidays – stylish and charming
The busy resort town of Sorrento attracts many tourists every year, lured by its scenic coastline dotted with luxury hotels, thriving town centre and charming old quarters. With a rocky coastline, there are plenty of sunbathing platforms (Lidos) available and many of the coastal hotels have private stretches of beach.
Sorrento has a broad appeal, with couples of all ages and many families visiting every year. There is the bustling town centre to explore, with the famous Piazza Tasso the perfect place to people-watch over a cappuccino, and narrow cobbled streets, lined with chic shops, bars and restaurants. The delicious Neapolitan cuisine of the area features regional produce such as lemons, oranges and olives, and wines from the local terraced vineyards. There is a wide choice of accommodation available, from quaint villas in the hillside to exclusive cliff top hotels with superb views of the Bay of Naples.
When to go to Sorrento
Sorrento enjoys a mild and typically Mediterranean climate, with dry hot summers and mild winters. Summers in Sorrento are busy so many visitors choose to visit during the quieter spring and autumn months, when the weather is warm and sunny. Conditions are ideal for sightseeing, and the orange and lemon trees are in bloom.
The weather in Sorrento
Being on the coast, Sorrento stays a little cooler than areas inland in Campania. The winds from the Bay of Naples ensure the climate remains comfortable, with humidity levels reaching a high of 76% during the year. April and May see temperatures of between 13C - 17C, and up to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Summertime can see highs of up to 29C, but the average temperature in July and August is 23C. Rainfall in Sorrento during the summer months is low, with July and August seeing between 25mm - 40mm, typically coming in short showers. The average water temperature reaches 27C in August so the warm waters of the Mediterranean are ideal for swimming and boat trips.
Getting the best deal
The price of holidays to Sorrento broadly reflects supply and demand, with demand at its highest during the months of July and August. As a long-established resort, it really pays to plan and book early, especially if you have very specific holiday requirements. If you’re flexible about your dates and accommodation, you may find some late booking bargains during the shoulder seasons – May, June, early July and September.
While there are many good half-board deals to be found, we think the best value is to be found in room-only, bed & breakfast and self-catering packages. Eating out is all part of the full Sorrento experience, competition is intense and standards generally high.
We would also recommend you consider the nearby resorts of St. Agnello or Massa Lubrense. Both are a short bus or taxi ride away from Sorrento, and offer a more rural, relaxed experience away from the hustle and bustle.
Airport and transport need to know
Sorrento is accessed via flights to Naples International Airport (NAP) with flights available from many UK airports. Coach transfer from the airport to the resort takes around 90 minutes to cover the distance of 55km.
Some visitors prefer to take the airport bus to the city centre followed by the train service, which terminates in Sorrento.
Sorrento is very well served with public transport (train, bus and ferries) and makes a great base for exploring the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum and the islands of Capri and Ischia.
Taxis are metered for most journeys, with a fixed price tariff for other destinations. Some visitors hire cars (cheaper booked in advance) but for most sightseeing a car is unnecessary, given the excellent and affordable public transport.
St. Agnello almost merges into Sorrento but is a fair bit quieter and offers a more authentic experience of rural Italy. Situated on the train line from Naples to Sorrento, it makes an excellent base for sightseeing in the area, especially to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples itself.
Massa Lubrense is situated at the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula and is more of an area than a resort, connected by coastal paths. Holidays here are quiet and family-friendly, and you’re likely to find as many locals as tourists on the beaches and coves.