Ischia is a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples filled with mineral rich thermal waters, sandy beaches and stunning scenery. I explored Ischia with the help of Imperatore Travel, here is a list of great things to do on the island.
We went on a 3 hour private boat tour around the island, giving us an insight to Ischia’s history and culture. Whilst taking in views of the castle and pretty pastel buildings.Giardini La Mortella
These botanical gardens are a great place to relax, admire the beautiful flowers and get a drink in the lovely tea room.Thermal Baths
We went to Poiseden the largest thermal park on the island, here you can relax in over 20 pools with varying temperatures.
Tip: bring towels, robes, swimming hat and flip flops with you or you’ll have to purchase them there, also bring a Euro for the lockers
Hike up Mount Epomeo
There are several routes you can take the shortest being half on hour to the longest of 5 hours. Ours lasted about 2.5 hours, it wasn’t very difficult but some areas are quite steep. When we started the hike it was quite cold and cloudy but once we reached the top luckily the sun had come out again. At the top there’s a lovely restaurant serving lunch and drinks.
Tip: Bring a jacket as it can be chilly at the top
Visit this medieval castle to learn more about the history of Ischia and for spectacular views over the island.The Food
La Bussola – located in front of Forio harbour and close to the town centre, this place has a variety of local Ischian dishes and fresh fish.
Montecorvo – My favourite dish from the trip was “the Rabbit in the style of Ischia” which we had at this restaurant. All the courses we had here were incredible and I’d highly recommend going! This place is quite hard to find so I’d recommend getting a taxi there.
Casa Celestino Restaurant – this is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood whilst overlooking the Sant’Angel coast.
When to go
I went in October and it was still sunny and warm, around 21-25 degrees and since most of the tourists are gone you can enjoy cheaper hotels and emptier beaches. Peak season is June to August which will be nice and hot but a lot busier.
In order to get to the island you need to fly to Naples then get a ferry to Ischia. We flew from London Gatwick around 2pm and arrived at the hotel at 9.30 so it is quite time consuming. When choosing how long to stay in Ischia bear in mind the commuting time. We spent 4 days in Ischia and had a packed itinerary so you could easily spread this over 5-7 days.
Where to stay
If you want to treat yourself to a 5 star hotel check out Terme Manzi, check out prices and availability here. We visited the hotel for a delicious lunch and the spa here looks incredible!
*Thanks to Imperatore Travel for inviting me on this press trip, all opinions remain my own*