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Marina Grande Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

This charming port has served as Sorrento’s connection to the sea for almost 2,000 years and is still in use by local fishermen.

Marina Grande is a small traditional fishing port that sits underneath the limestone cliffs on which the old town of Sorrento is perched. Away from the traffic of the streets above, this sheltered bay enjoys a much gentler pace of life. Come here for a swim or watch local fishermen at work.

Despite its name, Marina Grande (great marina) is actually the smaller of Sorrento’s two main harbors. It is also the older marina. A large stone wall once stood between the city and the tradesmen and noblemen who came to Sorrento by sea. Despite this fortification, Turkish pirates invaded Sorrento in 1558 and ransacked the city. Most of the old city wall has gone, but its gate and the reinforced Bastion of Parsano still stand.

Have an alfresco breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the harbor-side restaurants. Then stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the sights. Fishing boats come and go, so there is always something to see. One of the nicest times to visit is around sunset when fishermen are cleaning their nets and tending to their wooden boats. The wider views across the Bay of Naples from here are splendid at sunset too.

On a sunny day, lounge on the shore and wade in the sea from the harbor’s small beach. It is rocky and consists of volcanic sand, so bring a mat or camping chair for comfortable relaxation.

To escape the sun or rain, browse the small collection of shops and visit the Church of St. Anna. The holiday for this patron saint is July 26; on the Sunday following this date the entire marina becomes a fairground. Join the crowds during the festival to see the fireworks and processions.

To reach Marina Grande, take a bus from the city center or, if you are feeling energetic, walk the long series of stone steps that lead from the old town to the hamlet. You’ll pass through the arched Greek Gate, a good photo opportunity.

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Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
4 out of 5
Via Nastro Verde 7, Sorrento, NA
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Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Marina Grande Beach, and Sorrento Marina. Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (627 reviews)

"Great views of the bay. Huge, well kept swimming pool. Bit of an old school place which we enjoyed. Very roomy lobby and public rooms, large suites. Waiters in tuxedos, while guests were casually dressed. Evening entertainment. Well situated above the hustle and bustle of the town, with a very prompt ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

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Hotel Belair
Hotel Belair
4 out of 5
Via Capo, 29, Sorrento, NA
The price is $191 per night from Apr 7 to Apr 8

Situated near the bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Marina Grande Beach, and Sorrento Marina. Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia are also ...

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Hotel Antiche Mura
Hotel Antiche Mura
4 out of 5
Via Fuorimura 7 - P Zza Tasso, Sorrento, NA
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Located in Sorrento Historic Centre, this hotel is steps from Sorrento Peninsula, Corso Italia, and Piazza Tasso. Sorrento Marina and Sorrento Lift are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (790 reviews)

"Very good hotel. The right size and the perfect location in the centre of Sorrento. Excellent staff. Especially Francesco at the reception desk. Great breakfast and newly refurbished rooms. We’ll select this hotel for our next stay in Sorrento"…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

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Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
4 out of 5
Via Nastro Verde 7, Sorrento, NA
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Hotel Belair
Hotel Belair
4 out of 5
Via Capo, 29, Sorrento, NA
The price is $191 per night from Apr 7 to Apr 8
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Hotel Antiche Mura
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4 out of 5
Via Fuorimura 7 - P Zza Tasso, Sorrento, NA
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Palazzo Marziale
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Piazza Francesco Saverio Gargiulo 2, Sorrento, NA
The price is $200 per night from Apr 3 to Apr 4
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Hotel Britannia
Hotel Britannia
3 out of 5
Via Capo, 72, Sorrento, NA
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Grand Hotel Europa Palace
Grand Hotel Europa Palace
4 out of 5
Via Correale, 34/36, Sorrento, NA
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Continental
Continental
4 out of 5
Piazza della Vittoria 4, Sorrento, NA
The price is $238 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3
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Palazzo Tritone & Abagnale
Palazzo Tritone & Abagnale
3 out of 5
corso Italia 164, Sorrento, NA
The price is $126 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7
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Bellevue Syrene
5 out of 5
P.zza della Vittoria 5, Sorrento, NA
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