Ischia is the largest and arguably most beautiful island in the Bay of Naples, and is dotted with picturesque spa towns surrounded by lush greenery. Ischia’s beaches are beautiful too - to many minds they’re much nicer than those on neighbouring Capri. And the island is well known for its food. If you’re here to relax some of the best places to stay on Ischia are on the quieter south coast, but if you’re looking for a lively evening scene as well, then the best places to stay in Ischia are Ischia Ponte and Lacco Ameno.
Ischia’s spa towns have sprouted up around volcanic springs, which are mainly around the coast - to the extent that some of the beaches even have bubbly waters - but there are a few in the rather rugged, densely growing, mountainous interior. Ischia’s climate is fairly mild and you’ll find some very tropical looking plants, as well as the great chestnut forests of the interior. This isn’t really an island for strolling through open meadows, but if you like hiking then it’s a great destination.
Ischia also has a number of sights worth visiting - though this is not the kind of place you should rent a car, the roads are pretty gung ho. One of the highlights is definitely the Castello Aragonese, a magnificent 15th Century castle perched on a rocky islet just off Ischia Ponte, another is La Mortella, a beautiful Moorish garden based on those of Spain’s Alhambra. Then there are a number of museums and archaeological sites and some lovely old villas and churches. Plenty to keep you entertained for a week at least - and then there are all those idyllic beaches…
The best places to stay in Ischia are inevitably very busy during the peak summer months, so either get organised and book early, or plan to visit in the quieter periods, when you'll get more beach to yourself!
A glamorous abode, ripe for romance. Rooms are decorated in colours inspired by nature and feature classic furniture, balconies and some jacuzzis. Marble bathrooms are a good size. There are fragrant gardens, a pool, gym, spa and restaurant serving rustic dishes and breads from the wood fire oven.
Beautiful 5* island hotel. Pretty rooms feature canopied beds, antiques and nautical furnishings. Outdoor and indoor pools, spa, hot tub, gym, games room and tennis court, as well as beach access. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine in romantic restaurants. Chic, secluded and luxurious.