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Things to do in Ischia

Deciding what to do in Ischia means consider an infinite range of pleasant pastimes: Diving, shopping and food and wine tours are only some!!
Park Hotel Mediterraneo offers you the opportunity to book every single activity of your interest and will guide you toward unforgettable days of fun. Enjoy excursions, diving or trekking in Ischia becomes simple and convenient: you choose what you want to do and the hotel book it for you.
Among the various activities you can choose between:
  • Diving, for all underwater lovers. The possibility to admire the splendid rocky cavities where shoals of fish with vibrant colours hide and take stunning photographs attracts every year many fans. There are diving points suitable experts like the wall Sant'Angelo or Punta Pizzicato, and others more suitable for those who dive for the first time like the Secca delle Formiche.   
  • Wine & Food Tours, real itineraries of tastes, aromas and scents of the Mediterranean. The rich culinary traditions intertwine the tastes of the country side with a rich bouquet of flavours of the sea rich in fish of green island. Not only water but especially wine: the best vineyards that exploit the volcanic soil of this land particularly fertile produce different varieties, one more inebriating that the other.
  • Trekking, to go to the discovery of the wonders of the Mediterranean maquis between inaccessible climbs and descents, overhangs over the sea overlooking bays and breath-taking coves, rocky spurs to cross being almost attached to the wall and wide paths that pass through the woodlands. A real injection of peace for the soul.
  • Shopping, to return home at the end of our holiday, taking back with you a piece of Ischia. A perfume, a memory, a postcard. Maybe some product of local food and wine, wood, homemade liqueurs, herbs, straw and spices are typical of the island. Or even the wonderful hand-painted ceramics sold by small shops along the port of Ischia Ponte.
  • Andare per sentieri, a successful event that proposes excursions and trekking routes through the most suggestive paths of the island, with unforgettable windows on geology, anthropology and biology.
  • Easter in Ischia, for a splendid encounter between the ancient traditions and the cultural events recalled by the feast and by the splendour of spring, ready to start. In a blaze of colours and scents that characterize the reawakening of nature.
  • Excursions, as a great alternative to the Thermal baths or to a hot day on the beach. The mix between wellness, sea, nature and entertainment is truly unique. The marvels that the Campania and the Gulf of Naples offer their visitors are unforgettable.

THE 5 PLACES OF ISCHIA THAT YOU CANNOT MISS

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The 5 places of Ischia that you cannot miss:

Poseidon Gardens

The most famous thermal park of Ischia, not only with more than 20 pools but also situated in a wonderful location with direct sea view. At the Poseidon Gardens you can enjoy many different activities, in addition to being a spa centre, the gardens offer also beach service, courses of gymnastics, picnic areas and wellness treatments with specific massages and every type of care for the mind and for the body. Ready to be pampered from head to feet?

Thermal Spring of the Bay of Sorgeto

Sorgeto is an open sky thermal pool. In this place, natural hot springs, sauna, therapeutic vapours spurt out from the subsoil making this magical place relaxing and beneficial. The thermal spring of Sorgeto is completely free of charge and open to anyone who wants to reach it by sea or walking through a steep flight of stairs. Enjoy the sweet pleasure of letting yourselves be gently rocked by the encounter of hot and cold, sweet and salted water.

Gardens La Mortella

Mortella is a wonderful garden of Ischia, designed in 1958 and cared for 50 years by Lady Susan Walton, the wife of the composer Sir William Walton. Today La Mortella boasts the title of one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. Lady Walton created the project together with the famous landscape architect Russell Page and then she continued alone for several years following her creative sense and ideas.

The Aragonese castle

Visit an island within the island. The Aragonese Castle is located on a rocky island located on the eastern side of Ischia. The access to the castle is very peculiar because you enter there thanks to a tunnel that was made in the rock in the middle of the '400. Before then the castle was accessible only via the sea. A wooden bridge connects the island with Ischia allowing everyone to easily come to visit the fortress that replicates the famous Maschio Angioino of Naples.

Borgo Sant' Angelo

Borgo Sant'Angelo is defined as picturesque for its narrow streets and for the views it offers. The famous Piazzetta is definitely the more loved place by those who visit Sant'Angelo. Open on the sea right on the quay of the small port. Strolling along the streets you can also stop to browse in the shops and in the peculiar boutique that populate the road.

TOUR

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Tour

ISCHIA BY MINIBUS HALF DAY

(Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
Is it possible to visit the green island in half a day stopping in all the major points of interest? We try! Ischia, the largest among the islands of the Gulf of Naples, is full of history, artistic and natural beauties. The charming villages, the small streets and the suggestive churches, breath-taking views and plenty of thermal water in all its forms (hot springs and fumaroles). A complete turn of the island is a must for those who arrive in Ischia and touring it in a half day allows to visit a little bit of everything which is interesting to see. In order to live fully the green island, you must however have the time: that is why there are also other excursions!
Along the route there will be little stops at the main points of interest: Ischia Ponte, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana and Barano. The visit to the ancient fishing village of Sant'Angelo will take one hour.
Expected duration: approximately 4 hours with departure from the hotel.

ISCHIA BY MINIBUS WHOLE DAY

(Monday and Thursday)
Ischia can be explored in many ways: one of the best is to spend an entire day to discover its natural, artistic and historical beauties. Taking a tour of the green island means admire breath-taking views and small corners of paradise that only a walk can let you enjoy. A relaxing day with friends or with your better half, will make you visit the most beautiful places of Ischia.
A guide will accompany you to visit the Museum of Santa Restituta in Lacco Ameno, the ceramics factory Mennella in Casamicciola and the Aragonese Castle in Ischia Ponte. The tour of the island by minibus will continue in Barano and Serrara Fontana. For lunch you will stop in the highest part of the island, enjoying a wonderful view. You will continue in the direction of Panza to visit Sant'Angelo (the visit lasts approximately 1 hour) with an invitation for a wine tasting to Cuotto and a visit to the Poseidon Gardens, the largest thermal park of Ischia.
The price of the tour includes the entrances and lunch (drinks included).

SORRENTO, AMALFI, POSITANO, RAVELLO

(Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
The Italian beauties are many but on the Amalfi Coast there are many, all together. Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello: four pearls set between rocky spurs and a wonderful sea. An excursion that offers panoramas, flavours and colours unique in the world. A limoncello on the peninsula of Sorrento, a quick visit to the imposing cathedral dominating Amalfi and the colourful Positano. Even the German composer Wagner fell in love with Ravello and its views. Unable to remain impassive in front of so much charm!
6 a.m. appointment. 6.40 a.m. departure for Naples. We will drive along the Autostrada Napoli- Castellammare in the direction of Vico Equense, then we will take the panoramic road to get to Sorrento. Stop and visit to the city (40 min). Continuing along the Amalfi Coast, we will admire Positano from above. Along the coast we will stop to enjoy and photograph the unique panorama. Visit of Amalfi, stroll in the centre, visit of the Cathedral of St. Andrea and of the cloister. From Amalfi we climb toward Ravello. Visit of the charming Villa Rufolo. Return through the Mounts Lattari up to the highway to Naples. 7 p.m. return to Ischia.

POMPEI, SORRENTO, AMALFI

(Thursday)
A holiday in Ischia is not complete if you do not visit also the other beauties of the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Naples. An alternative to the classic tour that stops in the main the pearls of the Gulf can be a visit to a place of the hinterland like Pompeii and to Sorrento and Amalfi. The best of Magna Grecia in only one day: a visit to the archaeological excavations under the shadow of the Vesuvius and a stroll among the colours and the scents of the coast.
6 a.m. appointment. 6.40 a.m. departure for Naples. We will reach Pompei. Pompei, guided visit to the excavations (2 hours); Sorrento visit and stop in the city (30 min). Amalfi, visit of the centre, of the Cathedral and of the cloister. 7 p.m. return to Ischia.

POMPEI, VESUVIUS

(Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)
A trip outside the city during a holiday in Ischia to the discovery of the green slopes of the volcano, symbol of Naples, Vesuvius and the most suggestive archaeological excavations of the world: Pompei. The archaeological area is an open-air museum formed as a result of the spectacular eruption in 79 AD that covered with ash everything within miles. The volcano, not far away, is a wild reserve where you can breathe clean air and take a relaxing walk observing the different natural phenomena.
6 a.m. appointment. 6.40 a.m. departure for Naples. We will reach Pompei. Guided visit to the excavations and stop (approximately 2 hours). Lunch break. Continuation for the Vesuvius. The excursion will be guided by an expert who will explain the history, the geology and the natural phenomena. 7 p.m. return to Ischia.

NAPLES YESTERDAY AND TODAY BY THE BUS

(Thursday)
Naples, the pearl of the homonymous gulf, is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. A walk among the picturesque alleys of the historical centre of the city and the narrow passage between the ancient palaces, the many baroque churches (and not only), offer a unique view of the city. Come on holiday in Ischia and then spend a day in Naples is a fascinating experience absolutely not to be missed.
Starting from Ischia to Pozzuoli, we will continue by bus to Naples. Sightseeing of the city. The excursion with guide continues up to Piazza del Gesù. You can visit the old town centre on foot. Visiting and stop to the churches of S. Clear, Gesù Nuovo, Cloister and underground Naples with the remains of the Greek-roman city. Lunch break. In the afternoon visit to the monumental area with Piazza Municipio, Galleria Umberto, Piazza del Plebiscito and the superb buildings of San Carlo Theatre, the Royal Palace and the Church of S. Francesco da Paola. Return to Ischia.

ISCHIA BY GOZZO

The Tour of Ischia in boat is a way to get to know the green island from another perspective. Admire the most famous places from a gozzo is very suggestive and allows you to discover details that cannot be noticed from afar. Spend the day on board the boat together with friends is ideal for a trip full of fun and relaxation, especially if you are coming to Ischia for a wellness holiday.
You can explore Ischia aboard a 13 meters cabin cruiser equipped with kitchen, bathroom, spacious sundeck and parasol, you will explore Ischia Sailing the coasts you can discover the wonders of Ischia. There are many caves, coves, some reachable only by sea. The crew will lead guests to the discovery of the history and myths of our green. During the stops you will taste, moreover, some typical dishes of the Mediterranean cuisine, enjoying the flavours of the Ischian land and sea.

DISCOVERING PROCIDA

Procida, the island of thousand colours, is yet another stop for a pleasant excursion if you come to Ischia for a stay of relaxation and wellness. Second of the three sisters of the Gulf of Naples, the island is a real jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. The evocative Terra Murata, the Abbey of San Michele and the Palazzo D'Avalois are the beauties of the island. To visit on foot or by scooter to explore the Coricella and the many small beaches. A spectacle not to be missed.
Appointment in the early afternoon and boarding for Procida. Once on the island with a micro taxi, nice three wheels motor bikes, unique in their folklore style or with a taxi. The excursion consists in tour that takes you to the Terra Murata, medieval citadel with the beautiful Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, The Library of 1500 and the Roman catacombs. In the late afternoon we board the ship to return to Ischia.

CAPRI BY BOAT

(daily)
Arrive on the Isola Azzurra by sea is like landing in a small paradise. A corner of paradise made of coloured houses, squares and small artisan workshops which harmoniously blend with the luxury boutiques and the yachts moored in the Marina Grande. This is Capri: the younger sister of Ischia but that shines like a small pearl in the Gulf of Naples. From Anacapri, to Grotta Azzurra passing by the Faraglioni, Capri is a postcard that remains in the heart.
We leave by motorboat from Forio at 7.55 and from Ischia at 8.30. In Capri, together with the tour guide, by minibus, we leave for the high area of the island, Anacapri. We will travel along a panoramic road which offers a magnificent view of the entire Gulf of Naples. We will visit the historical centre by foot and we arrive at the Museum of "Capri in Miniature". Lunch break. We will go back to Capri for a visit to the famous Piazzetta of Capri to reach the Gardens of Augustus from where it is possible to observe the Faraglioni and Marina Piccola. At the Garden it is possible to visit the monastery of the Certosa and a factory of typical perfumes. Relaxing break or for those who wants, shopping (1 hour and a half). It is also possible to do excursion by sea to the Grotta Azzurra. 4 p.m. return to Ischia.
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