The insider’s guide to Ireland’s Amalfi Coast
Sorrento, Amalfi, Nerano.. if those names make you dream of your next holiday to Italy’s stunning south coast then you might want to consider visiting Dalkey, its little brother.
Today we took a trip to Dalkey which is about 30min by DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) from Dublin’s city centre. It is an utterly charming town with a 10th century church and two 14th century Norman castles and it boasts numerous award winning pubs as well as cute little cafes that are perfect for people watching.
There is a large selection of gourmet food stores with fresh produce from Irish artisan producers and bakeries with mouth-watering sweet treats. However, what made me fall in love with Dalkey instantly was its resemblance to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The similarity is so striking which is why many of the roads, houses and cottages have been given Italian names such as Positano, Mount Etna and Assisi (the latter two not being on the Amalfi Coast, but hey, who cares).
Walking along Sorrento Road we passed quaint little cottages and beautiful houses and villas, some with palm trees in their front garden. A leisurely 15min walk brought us to Coliemore Road which has breathtaking sea views and impressive looking houses where the rich and famous live. On the same road is also Sorrento Park which you should not miss for its fabulous views of Dublin Bay, Dalkey Island and towards Killiney.
Other activies include taking a small boat from Coliemore Harbour to Dalkey Island, only 9 hectar big, whose inhabitants are goats only. The island has remains of a 7th century church and a Martello Tower.
If you’re visiting Dublin then definitely put Dalkey on your list of things to see!