Ischia is a volcanic island, the largest of the Phlegrean islands, near Naples. Ischia is known globally for its restorative centers and thermal spas. But what started all of it? According to the myth, the local people in the island had to endure much over the years. They have suffered both quakes and invasions by pirates. It was really so difficult to live in Ischia then, at a time nearly the whole population resigned and immigrated to North America. Today, Ischia is now a well-known destination for tourists. People come from different places all over the world for its thermal spring, and likewise for its archeological heritage and culture. It is an area where one can find inspiration and inner peace. The island consists of six different municipalities, Barano d’Ischia, Forio, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Serrara Fontana and Ischia Porto. The entire island is accessible to the visitors by bus, car or scooter. Ischia’s 34km coastline consists of all kind of setting from small bays to volcanic lava cliffs to big beaches. Ischia is a magnet for the rich,
beautiful, energetic, young, and all around party animals, The eco-friendly hilly landscape is very attractive, as are the small fishing ports, and one can possibly enjoy a pleasant holiday without seeking more developed attractions.
What to Visit
The Castello Aragonese stands on a volcanic rock connected to “the green island” by a bridge first built by Alfonso of Aragon in 1438. The Castle was then completed in 1492. Gerone of Siracusa built the first castle on this site, a simple tower in 474 B.C. The castle is really an interesting place to explore, and it contains various sights of interest and few cafes. Visitors interested in garden will not like to miss La Mortella, the landscape garden was created by Composer William Walton and his Argentinean wife Susanna. Between Forio and Lacco Ameno, the garden centers at the foot of Monte Zaro cut into an old stone quarry. The design of the garden was by Russell Page, and his intention was to develop a
landscape that would offer beauty and peace. There are over 800 varieties of plants, which features a steel water fountain, Thai sunhouse, cascades, pools and so on. The picturesque Lacco Ameno is well-known for its mushroom-shaped rock, which stands in the shallow water, a couple of yards from the sandy shore. The ancient Greeks developed their very first settlement on this shore though daunted by the frequent at that time by eruptions and earthquakes, they never established a colony. But this place has now been transformed in an exclusive resort and it is a nice place to visit.
The principal attractions of Ischia are its sea, beaches and spa resorts. Ischia offers a lot of beautiful beaches and here are few of those beaches that makes this Island so attractive:
Sorghetto Beach – It is more a cove than a beach, but it is absolutely amazing. Thermal springs run-down into the sea and form warm rock pools to sit in. This is accessible by stairs down the cliff. This beach is free with a good-value bar/cafe and toilet at the cliff’s bottom, beside the beach. Visiting people can likewise get thermal mud treatment painted on them. Baia di San Montano – this bay offers tranquil shallow waters in shades of emerald and sapphire. And the water is naturally warm. Closed-off between Mount Zaro and Mount Zico, the sand is exceptionally soft, and the scene delivers calmness like no other place on this island. Like everywhere else on Ischia, one can always reach the Baia di San Montano by boat. In addition to the beach, there are thermal pools set inside the mountain-side at various temperature levels, and few restaurants at different price points. San Francesco – because situated in Forio, which has Arab influences in its style, this beach is idyllic. The rounded domes in few of the town’s buildings are visible from the sand. The views of the mountainside and pastel houses are unmatched. On this typical beach, there are places where one can lease lounge chairs and umbrellas. And if hunger strikes while snoozing on this beach, there are great restaurants where one can get a pizza or to sample Ischia’s fresh sea foods as well as snack shops.