Ischia

Ischia, Neapolitan Riviera, Italy

The major attraction of the island is the natural thermal springs and spa complexes. Ischia is very popular with the Italians who tend to come in their droves during July and August so it can become quite busy.

Ischia

Ischia is an island at the northern end of the Bay of Naples which is easily reached by ferry and hydrofoil. With the many vineyards, citrus groves, pine forests, sandy coves and bays, there is a great deal to explore and it is clear to see why approx 6 million tourists visit Ischia each year. With great connections to the likes of Naples and Sorrento, Ischia makes the perfect base for exploring the area.

Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Ischia Reviews

Ischia Hotels (31)

The San Montano Hotel & Spa has a hillside location providing wonderful views of Lacco Ameno Bay, a traditional hotel offering comfortable rooms and a friendly atmosphere. The hotel features a spa...

Set in a cliff top garden overlooking the Bay of Cafiero, the hotel offers two swimming pools and direct sea access via natural stone steps....

A traditional, small and welcoming family run hotel with a pool and dining terrace overlooking Ischia Porto and the Bay of Naples...

Le Querce Hotel is situated in Ischia Porto and features comfortable guest accommodation, a spa centre and, pool-side sun and dining terraces enjoying views over the Bay of Naples....

Offering a friendly welcome the Pithaecusa Hotel is situated in the resort of Casamicciola Terme an area well known for its hot spring water....

Surrounded by vineyards, the Al Bosco Hotel offers a relaxing environment for a peaceful holiday....

Set in the pretty centre of Ischia, Albergo Atlantic Ischia is perfect for an Italian island holiday with your loved ones. ...

Best Western Regina Palace Hotel is a wonderful place to relax and unwind with nearby entertainment. Great for families and couples wanting a relaxing break....

This family-run hotel offers an inviting and friendly welcoming, with simply furnished guest rooms and the relaxation of the the spa with its thermal pools, mud baths and massages....

The Hotel Cleopatra has a central location within easy reach of the beach, city centre and popular visitors sights....

Family friendly hotel offering a fully equipped spa and wellness centre, 5 heated swimming pools and picturesque, relaxing gardens....

Offering comfortable accommodation and warm hospitality, this spa hotel is set in extensive gardens with views to the sea and Epomeo Mountain...

A relaxing spa hotel set in colourful gardens offering family friendly entertainment during the summer season and, in easy reach of Ischia harbour...

With it's beautiful surroundings and fantastic spa, the Il Moresco Hotel and Spa is a great place to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful holiday in Ischia....

Guests can fully relax at the La Scogliera Hotel and enjoy great views over the sea....

Lord Byron Hotel is situated in the centre of Forio just a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach....

A small and friendly hotel with attentive staff and a panoramic view of the charming little village harbour and Maronti bay....

Enjoying a quiet location just moments from the beaches, this spa hotel is also in easy reach of the shops and entertainment in the resort centre....

With so many thermal pools, sauna, massage and the various therapies available, the emphasis at the Parco Termale Castiglione Hotel is certainly on relaxation....

The Parco Verde Terme Hotel features a wellness centre onsite offering a wide range of beauty and relaxation treatments....

Park Hotel Terme Mediterraneo boasts 4 heated pools set in spacious gardens with a thermal beauty centre and spacious guest rooms....

Set in a large garden and just minutes from Citara Beach, this Soa hotel offers warm hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere....

Guests at the Providence Terme Hotel can relax on the outdoor terrace and enjoy some fantastic views over the beautiful Bay of Citara....

Set in extensive gardens overlooking the Bay of Citara, this spa hotel is ideal for a relaxing holiday with all amenities of this historic town of Forio nearby...

This hotel has a quiet location, though still within easy reach of the town centre of Ischia, with its wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants....

The Solemar Terme Hotel is perfectly located for those who enjoy a quiet walk round the resort and a wander through the many boutiques....

A wellness retreat on a beautiful Italian island, Terme Elisabetta is perfect for a couples escape or a relaxed holiday with friends. ...

A charming family run hotel close to Citara Beach in Forio on Ischia island, set in well tended gardens with indoor and outdoor pools....

Villa Panoramica offers stunning scenery and a tranquil place to stay on Ischia Island, to the west of Naples. ...

The Villa Thomas is a small bed and breakfast hotel, offering a thermal outdoor pool and a roof terrace with panoramic views....

A family run hotel offering indoor and outdoor pools, colourful gardens, a full service spa and panoramic views to Mount Epomeo and Forio harbour...

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Beaches

Ischia is famous for its long stretches of sandy beach, positioned between beautiful blue sea and green hills. The beaches can become very busy in high season but you will be able to find a quieter little cove which will be a lot more relaxing.

One of the most well known beaches is the Spiaggia dei Maronti which is situated on the southern shore. This 3km stretch of beach is good for swimming but also has a natural thermal spring. The natural thermal spring is said to be very therapeutic and can be a nice alternative to lying on a hot sandy beach. Loungers and umbrellas are available for hire and there are cafes for refreshments.

Spiaggia Citara is another popular beach and it is close to the biggest thermal park on the island. The beach is easily reached by bus or car and there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area which is ideal should you need a bite to eat. There are loungers and umbrellas available for hire.

There are lots of other little beaches and coves in the area so you will always find a spot to lie and relax.

Things to Do

The islands grandest and most dramatic piece of history is the Castello Aragonese at Ischia Ponte. The fortress sits on a high rocky islet, offering some fantastic views of the surrounding area. The castle is full of interesting artifacts and there is also a museum and a couple of cafes, so certainly plenty to keep you occupied for a while.

La Mortella, the beautiful landscaped garden created by the composer William Walton and his wife is also worth a visit. The garden is cut into an old stone quarry and lies at the foot of Monte Zaro. As well as over 800 species of plant, there are pools and cascades, a steel fountain and a Thai sunhouse. The garden also hosts the occasional concert and is open to the public from April to October.

Due to the islands volcanic nature, there are plenty of hot springs and thermal baths. The largest complex of thermal pools can be found at Giardini Poseidon Terme. The thermal park overlooks the bay of Citara and contains 4 groups of Kneipp pools, a swimming pool, 2 children's pools, a Japanese bath, a natural sauna carved into the tufa stone and treatment rooms for massages etc. There is also a shop and a few restaurants here so there really is everything you need for a relaxing day out.

Out and About

Although Ischia is not quite as stylish as Capri, there are still plenty of designer shops but you will also find many craft shops, jewellers and a whole range of different shops. There are many shops to be found dotted around the streets at the seafront.

There is a good selection of bars and restaurants in ischia. Whether it is a quick pizza for the family or a quiet meal for two, you will find something to suit in Ischia. Lots of the restaurants provide some great views too which is just the perfect way to end the day. There are plenty of nightclubs and late night bars so if you fancy partying the night away there are plenty of options.

There are various concerts of jazz and classical music held from April to November, in the gardens of Villa La Mortella. Ischia is also home to the Ischia Jazz Festival which takes place in September and can quite often feature some famous international names.

Nearby Attractions

Public transport here is pretty good so you can travel around and see a little of the surrounding area. The pretty little seaside town of Forio is worth a visit, here you will find open air markets, streetside cafes and there is also a historic castle.

The town of Capri is worth seeing, with it's many designer boutiques and famous visitors, you never know who you might bump into. Capri is a beautiful place but it can be expensive, especially if you decide to do some shopping whilst you are here. There are lots of other things to see and do, it really can be a great day out.

You may also want to visit Pompeii where you can see remnants of the town. You can also climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius if you are feeling energetic. Pompeii is a great place to see but it's best to get there early to beat the crowds.

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