Holidays in Ischia Porto
The biggest of Ischia’s six towns, you’ll find everything from golden beaches to bustling bars in Ischia Porto. Experience the ultimate in relaxation at the natural springs in the town’s thermal parks and gardens. Head to the Castello Aragonese castle in the north east of the island to discover more about Ischia Porto’s medieval past.
Best time to travel is early spring or early autumn.
2 hours 30 minutes
Naples, 44km north east from the resort.
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Spend your days soaking up the rays on one of the island’s golden sandy beaches. Watch the boats and ferries come and go with a glass of limoncello at a harbourside restaurant. For the latest designer clothes, head to the main street’s trendy boutiques. The island is full of medieval churches where you can learn more about the island’s long history.
After a walk along the 220 metre-long bridge to the island’s iconic castle, head to one of the many open-air springs to soothe your skin and relax those muscles.
If you love the beach, you’ll find some great places to visit in Ischia Porto. San Pietro and its golden stretch of sand is the biggest and most popular. As you head east, Pescatori, known as the Fisherman’s Beach, is just as pretty but less crowded – great for soaking up the hot sun and enjoying water sports in the sea. But for real peace and quiet, head to the tranquil Bay of Cafiero for its small stretch of fine gold sand. It can only be reached by boat, so you’re sure to have a quiet day at the beach.
People flock to Ischia to experience the fantastic hot springs and volcanic mud the island is renowned for. The Poseidon Thermal Gardens in the bay of Citara and the Giardino Eden are both great places to visit in Ischia Porto for an unforgettable open-air spa experience. Many hotels on the island have their own thermal spa for you to enjoy – look out for the word ‘terme’ in the hotel name to make sure you don’t miss out on one of these luxurious spa experiences.
Explore the selection of grand churches scattered across the island. The beautiful Santa Maria delle Grazie has a lava stone courtyard and dome, covered with green and yellow majolica tiles. If you like art, take a trip to the St Mary of Portosalvi, which has three enormous oil paintings dating back to the 18th-century. Afterwards, take a walk to the island’s original fortress, the medieval Castello Aragonese, linked by a bridge on its own island. Take the elevator to the top for stunning sea views.
Best for beach lovers: Ischia Porto has everything from secluded sandy bays to bustling seaside spots.
Best for foodies: Head to the restaurants and bars that edge the harbour for some of the best places to eat.
Best for spa lovers: Spa hotels and open-air thermal springs - what could be more relaxing?
Language: The language spoken in Ischia Porto is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Ischia Porto is Euro (€)
Local time: Ischia Porto is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Naples, 44km north east from the resort
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
Tourist information: Further Ischia Porto tourist information can be found at www.italia.it
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Ischia Porto.
Temperature: Mild winters with temperatures from 5(°C) to 9(°C) while summers temperatures are more varied, from mid-teens up to a high of 31(°C).
Best time to visit: Early spring or early autumn.
Summer sees the small island come alive. While winter is quite mild in temperature, many of the attractions and services are closed until summer.
By foot: Ischia Porto is small, so it’s easy to explore on foot. The neighbouring resort of Ischia Ponte is an easy stroll away.
By bus: In season, a bus service runs throughout the island from very early in the morning to every 15 minutes - check the main bus station for times.
By taxi: If you need to get around even quicker, go by taxi, but don’t forget to agree on the price before you set off.
For traditionalists: If you’re in Ischia Porto at the end of July, don’t miss the celebration of the patron saint of fishermen at the St Anne Festival. Watch a parade of finely decorated boats, ending with huge fires lit in the Tower of Michelangelo and Aragonese Castle.
For film buffs: Enjoy the island’s two great film festivals; the annual Ischia Film Festival held at the end of June, followed by the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival, at locations across the island.