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Giardini Naxos

Giardini Naxos Holidays

Holidays to Sicily are all about cultural exploration, wonderful beaches and impressive natural scenery. Holidays to Giardini Naxos, Sicily's beloved seaside resort, are no exception. It boasts stunning sandy beaches, and it's close to some Ancient Greek archaeological sites. By day it's a laidback spot, with excellent shopping and sightseeing opportunities. By night it comes alive, with bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning.

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The ancient city of Naxos was founded by the Greeks almost three millennia ago, and has a turbulent history. It was attacked by the Syracusans and the inhabitants were sold as slaves, before being rebuilt. You'll find both prehistoric and Ancient Greek remains in and around Giardini Naxos.

The Archeological Park is where you'll find the ancient ruins of the old Greek city. It stretches from the seafront, along the Schisò Cape and up to the popular resort of Taormina. Scattered among lemon groves are the remains of destroyed houses, alongside the ruins of sacred buildings and the old city walls. There's also an archaeological museum near the complex, where you'll find interesting artefacts discovered on excavations.

Giardini Naxos also boasts several spectacular medieval buildings. Schisò Castle is an imposing fortress casting a shadow over Cape Schisò, the headland where Ancient Naxos was built. You can learn more about the region's history and enjoy some contemporary art displays.

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…To seaside resort

Modern Giardini Naxos is a lively, picturesque seaside resort nestled around a sweeping bay. It consists of modern neighbourhoods, a harbour area and a seafront promenade. The old town, a pleasant jumble of stone stairways, cobbled streets and pastel-hued houses, is the place to head for quirky antique shops and designer boutiques.

Most Giardini Naxos holidays are spent relaxing on one of the two beaches. One is a pretty sand and shingle bay, with calm, clear waters and a view of the nearby hills. There's an area where you can rent sun-loungers and pedalos here. The second is a man-made sandy beach in the town's Recanati Area. This is the place to go for trying out watersports such as kayaking, paddle-boarding and even diving.

There are also four seafront Lidos in Giardina Naxos, Sicily's budget-friendly version of beach-clubs. For a few euros per person you can spend hours relaxing in these gated areas, which offer a swimming pool, a café and sun-loungers. Giardini Naxos holidays are all about long, lazy days in the sun.

After Dark Scenes

Once the sun goes down, the party starts in Giardini Naxos, Sicily's answer to Ayia Napa. Begin the evening by heading to the harbour for dinner. There are lots of authentic Italian restaurants here, serving delicious homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza. Wash it down with a carafe of red wine as you watch the sun set over the water.

Later on, head to the waterfront promenade. This is where you'll find the majority of the nightlife. You'll find upbeat bars, chic wine bars and clubs with pumping music. La Locura, a swanky beach bar with smooth Latin beats, comes highly recommended. Meanwhile, Marabu is the place to go for late-night dancing. You're guaranteed a great night out.

Nearby Attractions

Giardini Naxos is within a short distance of some great attractions. Within an hour you can be in the heart of Parco dell'Etna, a national park of undulating hills, volcanic mountains and caves. You can organise hiking tours up the burnt black slopes of Mount Etna from Giardini Naxos.

Meanwhile, pretty Taormina is just six miles away. There's a lot to see and do in this upmarket resort. Have a frozen granita at a café in an elegant piazza. Marvel at the roman amphitheatre or head to Isola Bella, a small island connected to the mainland by a causeway.

Giardini Naxos is an easy 45-minute drive from Catania International Airport. All-inclusive hotels will arrange transfers free of charge, and you can also get buses or taxis to the town.

You'll enjoy every minute of your holidays to Giardini Naxos, Sicily's popular seaside town. Whether you're hanging out at one of the lidos or chilling on the beach, Giardini Naxos holidays are all about long, lazy days in the sun. But you'll also be able to turn up the tempo in the evenings when you hit the bars. Whether you're looking for a cultural holiday, a party weekend or a lazy break, Giardini Naxos is the place for you.