Exploring the magnificent landscape
Ischia does magnificent rather than pretty. If you want to catch some of the best views on the island, then a trek to Mount Epomeo should be on your ‘to-do’ list. At a height of 789 metres, if you start your walk at Serrara in the south of the island, the mountain ascent should only take about an hour.
And what a trek you’ll have, passing vineyards, catching fantastic sea views and even getting the chance to explore Sant’Angelo – said to be one of the prettiest villages on Ischia.
Lounging on the beach
Ischia has a wide range of beaches, and as they’re not as well known as those of Capri you’ll be able to savour their idyllic charms in peace on your package holidays to Italy here. There’s Maronti beach in the south of the island to the unusually named Inglesi beach in the east – which is far from English. You can choose from sublime seclusion and beaches with a greater choice of amenities.
All around the island you’ll be able to satisfy your thirst for adrenaline. From windsurfing and kitesurfing in Ischia Porto, to diving and snorkelling off Sant’Angelo. You can also take to the waves via the medium of a boat trip that welcomes guests to explore Ischia’s coastline. A yacht gliding across the waves is one of the most beautiful ways to savour this island’s marine glories.
Wellbeing is important
Thanks to its volcano, Ischia is certainly well-equipped with natural spas. Many of the spas are situated in luscious tropical gardens, where they combine a treat for the eyes with pampering for the soul.
From Castiglioni thermal gardens, close to Ischia Porto, to Aphrodite thermal gardens near Sant’Angelo, this is the destination for you if you want to experience a sense of harmony and well-being as part of your holiday.
Sumptuous epicurean delights
Food is taken very seriously in Ischia and the island boasts a wide range of restaurants. Riva Destra in Ischia Porto is a good spot to start your foodie adventure, as from wonderful seafood dishes to generous pasta courses you’ll find an extensive selection of local dishes here.
Most of the villages and towns in Ischia can offer you a menu that’ll have your tastebuds salivating. Head over to Forno on the west coast for yet more authentic local cuisine, this time in the shape of tartare di palamito al profumo d’arancia – citrus flavoured tartar of fish.
For locally grown produce, look out for any restaurant that calls itself ‘agriturismo’. This means that the fruit and vegetables have been grown on-site and the meat and dairy produce is mainly local. Many of Ischia’s agriturismo restaurants also boast some of the best views across the whole island.
As well as food, Ischia has a fine reputation for the quality of its wine. They’ve been making wine here for over 2000 years, in fact the original name of the island was ‘Enaria’, meaning ‘land of wines’. Many of the local vineyards offer tours which will give you the opportunity to savour the local reds and whites.
Shop until you drop
For such a small island, Ischia boasts an impressive list of shopping opportunities. The markets here are endlessly exciting, and in Forno’s market you can expect to find a wide range of vintage clothing as well as shoes, bags and arts and crafts.
You can also find some iconic ceramics in Ceramiche Cianciarelli, located in Ischia Porto. If you’re looking for some truly individual works and examples of craftsmanship, this may just be the place for you.