Ischia: Thermal Springs & Shellfish

The west Italian coast is one of the most lauded cruising grounds in the Mediterranean, and the volcanic island of Ischia, best known for its thermal springs, is a highlight. Its hot waters are believed to bring a multitude of health and beauty benefits and have made it a spa destination. Casamicciola Terme is one of the island’s premier ports and boasts a modern marina close to Monte Epomeo. To truly appreciate the natural beauty of Ischia, hike up beyond the dense pine and chestnut forest to the peak of Monte Epomeo. Here walkers can find a quiet escape from the buzzing towns.

The town of Ischia on the northeast coast is made of two halves: Ischia Ponte and Ischia Porto. The latter is lively and bustling, with a vibrant nightlife. The bars and restaurants have a lilting Mediterranean vibe and striking views of the harbour. The place has the all the elements of a classic Italian seaside town at its best: lovely promenades, pretty architecture and a relaxed, generous and convivial atmosphere. And of course, there’s the food. You’re in Campania, so you can’t lose. Indulge in a wealth of shellfish and pasta.


When to go:

April – November

High Season:

July – August

Highlights

1

Shop designer chic on Via Roma, Corso Vittoria Colonna

2

Stock up from the fish stall at Ischia Porto’s market

3

Visit the Mortella gardens, created by British composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinian wife, Susana

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