Ischia Porto holidays

Ischia Porto is the biggest of Ischia’s six towns, situated on the north coast. With its high-end shops and the horseshoe-shaped harbour bobbing with flash-looking yachts, Ischia Porto has more than a whiff of Capri about it! However, there’s much more to Ischia Porto holidays than just some high-end retail therapy, and you’ll find everything from golden beaches and bustling bars to the natural springs in the town’s thermal parks and gardens.

Head to the Castello Aragonese castle to discover more about Ischia Porto’s past, or explore the medieval churches that are dotted around the town. If this destination looks a bit familiar, it might be because it’s acted as the backdrop for several films including Cleopatra, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and The Talented Mr Ripley, starring Matt Damon. Whether you’re whisking your better half off for a romantic break or travelling with the family, Ischia Porto holidays offer a little slice of paradise.

Things to do

While it’s very easy to spend your holidays soaking up the rays on one of the island’s golden sandy beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do. If you’re on a romantic break, sip on a glass of limoncello from a harbourside restaurant and watch the fishing boats, expensive yachts and pleasure boats come and go. If there’s a shopper in your ranks, head to the main street’s trendy stores, where you’ll find everything from high-end fashion brands to quirky, backstreet boutiques selling handmade goods and souvenirs.

For a dip into the island’s past visit some of the town’s spectacular medieval churches. Alternatively, take a walk along the 22-metre-long bridge to the island’s iconic Aragonese Castle, before heading to one of the many open-air springs and spas to soothe your skin and relax those muscles.

Great attractions

Ischia is known for a number of things, not least its spectacular castle that rises up on a small islet from Ischia Ponte. The island’s also famous for its thermal springs which are said to have healing properties, whether you relax in the water at a public baths or find a little stream that trickles out along the beach.

Beautiful beaches

If you love spending time at the beach, there are some fabulous ones to choose from across Ischia. Bask in some golden sunshine at any number of inviting beaches, or sit back in bath-like rock pools in the shadow of plunging cliffs. Whether you catch the bus, take a water taxi or hire your own boat, there are plenty of ways to explore the highlights of Ischia’s picturesque coastline.

Adventurous island

When you feel like being active, Ischia is home to a selection of super walking trails. You can climb mountains to reward yourself with incredible views down across the island and out over the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea. After an adventurous day out, settle down for a long dinner at one of Ischia Porto’s many restaurants. Tuck into some famous Italian cuisine and try local specialities like the freshly caught seafood.

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The best time to travel is early spring or early autumn, when the temperatures hover around the mid-to-late twenties.

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Naples International Airport is approximately 44km north east from the resort. Including the ferry trip to Ischia, it should take around one and three-quarter hours to get to the island from the airport.

Ischia Porto is best for...

Best for beach lovers: If you’re looking for Ischia Porto holidays on the beach, there are plenty to choose from, secluded sandy bays and bustling seaside spots to family-friendly beaches.

Best for foodies: Gourmets, gourmands and gastronomes are spoilt for choice in this town! You’ve got everything from beachside bars and perfect pizzerias to upmarket, fine-dining restaurants.

Best for spa lovers: Relaxing is a full-time job on the island! With spa hotels and open-air thermal springs, travelling on holiday here is the fastest way to slow down!

Fast facts for Ischia Porto

Language: The language spoken here is Italian, although most of the staff in hotels, bars and restaurants have a good command of English.

Currency: You’ll need to change up your pounds and pence for Euros (€), before zipping off on your Ischia Porto holidays.

Local time: Ischia Porto is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Naples International Airport. Including the ferry to the island, it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to transfer to the island of Ischia Porto. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Ischia Porto is 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.italia.it.

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Getting around Ischia Porto

By foot: Ischia Porto is small, so it’s easy to explore on foot. The neighbouring resort of Ischia Ponte is a short stroll away.

By bus: By far the most cost-effective way of seeing the island, bus services run from very early in the morning to late at night. You can buy tickets from the driver, as well as some hotels, tobacconists, newsagents and shops.

By taxi: Slightly pricier, but much quicker, taxis are a great option, particularly if you’ve got bags! Don’t forget to agree on the price before you set off.

Events in Ischia Porto

For traditionalists: If you’re visiting at the end of July, don’t miss the celebration of the patron saint of fishermen at the St Anna Festival. To begin with, the harbour’s the place to be, where you’ll see parades of elaborately-decorated boats and some fiercely competitive races. The festivities culminate with the simulated burning of the Aragonese Castle and a fantastic firework display.

For film buffs: The Ischia Film Festival celebrates the unsung heroes of the film industry: the behind-the-scenes workers. Hosted at Aragonese Castle in June, you’ll get to watch some great films and do some serious celeb spotting!

Ischia Porto weather

Temperature: The winters here are mild, with temperatures from 12°C to 15°C, making it an ideal destination for a winter break. The summers are perfect for tan-topper-uppers, with the mercury hovering around the mid-twenties up to highs of 31°C.

Best time to visit: For fewer crowds and less intense heat, book your Ischia Porto holidays in early spring or early autumn. Summer sees the island bustling with tourists and sunseekers. While winter is quite mild, many of the attractions and services are closed until summer.

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