Punta Carena / Il Faro ☆☆

A swimming cove by the lighthouse

A bus ride (from piazzetta Cimitero) or 20-minute walk from Anacapri (down Via Nuovo del Faro, off Piazza Caprile) takes you to a secluded but lightly crowded swimming hole of Punta Carena, a rocky series of coves leeward of il Faro —Italy's second largest and most powerful lighthouse (Genova's is bigger), built around the turn of the 20th century.

You can sun on the cement pier, or rent snorkel gear to get up close to the colorful schools of fish and small octopi.

Many of these rocks support colonies of spiky sea urchins, so watch where you set your feet underwater.