Ischia

Ischia competes with Capri for being “The Queen”. Ischia, tough, unlike its “cousin”, has the luck to have also incredible thermal centers, that makes it one of Italian and not only tourists’ most appreciated Italian places; only to make an example, the chancellor Angela Merkel every year goes on the island always in the same hotel (and always in the same room).

The places to see  are several.

Very suggestive this Giuseppe Mattera’s video, a young and very good photographer (https://www.facebook.com/giuseppematteraphotography) from Ischia.

The seafront tract going from “Ischia Porto” to “Ischia Ponte” is a tract characterized by very crowded and chaotic beaches and surrounded by an anonymous building, with a small 250 mt tract’s exception going from Bistrò Bar Ricciulillo to Grand Hotel Punta Molino private beach. It’s a very nice street, with the sea by one side (very clean and with a wonderful view on Procida and on Aargones Castle) and on the other a huge and luxuriant pine grove, where there are two of the island’s most beautiful hotels: the Grand Hotel Excelsior Terme and the  Grand Hotel Punta Molino.

On the sea side there are in order: the Bistrò- Bar Ricciulillo, Grand Hotel Excelsior Terme beach, Lido La Perla, Bagno Anotnio, Cristina Bar Restaurant and Grand Hotel Punta Molino beach, all small beaches, very neat and well attended; the most crowded one is for sure Antonio’s, since it is the only one with a tract of beach and the most suitable for families, obviously the most exclusive and reserved ones are two hotel’s beaches while the Bistrò- Bar Ricciulillo presents a tract of reduced beach, since it has be eaten by the sea, but it offers a very good menu and it is absolutely to try the famous “scarpariello”. A tip: on the upper space there is an isolated and very panoramic table: also perfect for a romantic dinner.

Concerning the Grand Hotel Punta Molino, it deserves all its five stars; it is surrounded by a beautiful pine grove; the structure and the rooms are elegant and with a retrò style but not decadent at all, the external area where breakfast is served is wonderful, very good the wellness center (sauna, indoor swimming pool, gym) the two outdoor swimming pools are beautiful and panoramic (one with cold water and the other thermal 34-35 degrees water). Obviously it is not cheap, but once in a while, especially on its web site you can find good offerings.

At 700-800 mt after the “Grand Hotel Punta Molino” and after the mythical Valentino, historic club (since 1978), there is the pine grove “Pineta Mirtina” with different entrance (for example for those coming from “Valentino”, the closest is the one on via F. Sogliuzzo); it is a luxurious park with different areas suitable for small kids thanks to swings, slides etc.

The area many areas to visit, in order “to live Ischia”; for example, Ischia Porto, to avoid in August, offers very good solutions; we recommend in particular the Ischia Blu Resort, with five deluxe apartments, some with sea view, and direct access on a private beach, while at few meters there is the “Pagoda”, an hotel-Residence with direct access to the beach too and with private swimming pool. For those not sleeping here there two free very little beaches on the left and on the right, the 2english beach” very difficult to reach because of very precipitous step- and the “Jane’s beach”, adjacent to the island main port but anywhere the sea is clean, they call it this way since on the same beach there is the “Jane” discoteque.

Not to be missed the breakfast at Calise – right in front of the ferry boats’ departure- whose croissant are unique, so as chicken or kebab at “Girarrosto” (via B.Cossa 8), ancient Ischia rotisserie.

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