Ischia is located around 30 kilometers north of the city of Naples and the largest of the Phlegrean Islands. The largest settlement on the island is the main town called Ischia and the main attraction is the numerous thermal spas that attract visitors from across the world. The town of Ischia, though compact, is full of numerous attractions such as the Aragonese Castle and the Anthony’s Library. The island itself is volcanic in nature and arguably the most picturesque in the Bay of Naples. Besides the striking landscape, the island is also known for its pebble beaches and flowing hills. Today I am going to take you through 15 best things to do on this exotic island in Italy.
15 Best Things to Do in Ischia Island
Visit the iconic Aragonese Castle
The Aragonese Castle is possibly the main attraction of the Ischia town and island. It is a magnificent building that will take you way back in history. The castle was built in 474 as the first fortress of the island by Gerone before it was turned into King Alfonso’s castle and later a jail for political detainees.
Today, the castle is run privately but visitors are allowed to tour inside. It features an elevator and a fine bar with striking views of the sea.
The location is also where various theatrical events are host, including the Ischia Film Festival.
Spend some time at Piazza Antica Reggia
This is the island’s busiest harbor. Here, everything is fast-paced – the motorboats, tourists, and whizzing scooters in narrow streets. You will find a lot of shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars as well as taxis along Via lasolino and Benchina Olimpica.
Choose a spot to take coffee or gelato as you enjoy the views of the sea.
Take in the seascape at Sant’Angelo
Walk or take a scooter to the southern end of the island where you will find the idyllic fishing town of Sant’Angelo. This village is unique in the sense that it is attached to the main village of Serrara Fontana by a thin beach strip called Spiaggia de Sant’Angelo. There are plenty of bars, cafés, and shops along the narrow boardwalk. To the northeast of the village, you will find the Fumarole Beach, which is known for its geothermally heated dunes.
Watch the sunset at the Church of Soccorso
The Church of Soccorso is regarded as one of the most romantic spots on the island. It is located on the western edge of Ischia in a place called Forio. The church is small but breathtaking as it is set on a peninsula overlooking the waters, making it one of the best places to watch the sunset.
Take pictures in the town of Lacco Ameno
The town of Lacco Ameno is located in the northwestern region of the island. it is quite small, thus easy to explore, and has plenty of attractions. The first and probably the main attraction in the town is the iconic Il Fungo (the mushroom), which 10 meters tall rock in the middle of the water. The rock spat out by the volcanic eruption of Mount Epomeo. The rock was huge but has gradually been eroded by the wind and sea, giving it a mushroom shape.
Chill in a thermal park
Ischia Island is known for its unique hot baths. There are 103 spring warm baths and 29 basins, each with slightly different features based on the mineral compositions of the water.
The recommended thermal parks on the island include:
- Giardini Poseidon in Forio
- Fonte Dele Ninfe Ntrodi
- Thermal Park Aphrodite Apollon
Check out the Botanical gardens
The island of Ischia is also known as the green island due to its diverse nature. The island has two main botanical gardens that are a must-visit. They include the Giardini La Mortella and a Giardini Ravino.
Swim in thermal baths at Sorgeto Bay
While it is now a known fact that Ischia is a thermal bath haven, the one at Sorgeto Bayis quite unique. This pebble beach produces thermal water that pours into the sea and turns into a natural pool right in front of your eyes.
You can swim in this water even during winter as it is always hot.
Beware though, as some spots the water is extremely hot!
Pay a visit to the 14th-century church
Chiesa del Soccorso is among the most recognizable landmarks on the island. The church was built in the 14th century and restored later in the 18th century. Its setting is awe-inspiring as it is situated on top of a secured cliff, offering an ideal place to watch the sunrise and sunset.
Another interesting thing about this Augustinian church is its all-white walls, which adds to its charming.
Pray for your trip at Basilica Di Santa Maria
For members of the Catholic Church, the Basilica Di Santa Maria is a place to worship while staying in Ischia. The church features some elaborate designs and holds mass daily.
Taste quality Italian wines at Casa D’Ambra
The island of Ischia is not only about beautiful nature and beaches, but it also happened to have very fertile soil and ideal weather for viniculture. The practice of winemaking in this island dates back to the period of the Ancient Greeks and even was nicknamed the ‘Land of Wine’ by the Romans.
The grapes used to produce the wine are native to the island.
The best place to sample the indigenous wines is a wine house called Casa D’Ambra in the south of the town of Forio. The place has been making wines since 1888.
Enjoy meals at Al Pontile Ristorante
Dining in Ischia is an experience on its own, and no place offers that experience than the Al Pontile. Located near Castello Aragonese, the restaurant features a row of parasol-shaded tables on either side of the beach road (Lungomare). You can also choose to sit inside if you wish.
Their menu serves some of the best Italian dishes including spaghetti and gnocchi as well as Ischian rabbit or Coniglio alla Ischitana.
Spend the night at the beach
Another great thing about Ischia Island is that air pollution is very low since there are no many vehicles or tall buildings. This makes the sky on the island clear most of the time including at night.
Experience all the island’s beaches
Each beach on the island offers something different. If time is not a factor, you can visit most or even all of them. Some of the most popular include Citara, San Montano, San Francesco, and Spiaggia Dei Pescatori among others.
Party till dawn at a nightclub
One of the finest nightclubs in Ischia is the Blanco Disco Club. It is located on a rocky waterfront in the northern part of the island in Casamicciola Terme. The club is open only on the weekends and the parties last until the wee hours.
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