Surprisingly few people know that, within meters of Capri's celebrated Grotta Azzurra, there is a tiny corner of paradise named Gradola. Restaurant, lounge bar, beach club: Gradola is an exclusive hideaway, frequented by artists, intellectuals and discerning holidaymakers, all in search of a peaceful haven, a world away from the island's crowded and oh-so-fashionable beaches.
Gradola is a simple place, as genuine as the food and wine for which the sea-edge eatery is famous. At Restaurant Gradola, chef-patron Ciro Perrella seduces customers with his contemporary interpretation of traditional island delicacies, prepared with the area's abundant fish and seafood, and served "al fresco" on the terrace suspended directly above the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea.
Anacapri's Gradola is the ideal choice if you want to take a refreshing dip in the sea before indulging in the pleasures of the palette or simply relax on one of the comfortable sun beds in the open air lounge where, as the sun sets, Gradola's legendary Happy Hour is held.
Right next to Capri's celebrated Grotta Azzurra there's a tiny little lane which, after less than 50 meters, terminates in front of the Restaurant Gradola. From the center of Anacapri, this stunning waterfront eatery is only a ten minute bus ride away. Just hop aboard the bus to the Grotta Azzurra and you're there! Of course, there are those who choose to call in after having visited the nearby Villa Damecuta archeological park or after having completed the Sentieri e Fortini: the scenic coastal walk which, from the island's lighthouse, passes by a series of old block houses before reaching the Grotta Azzurra.