The beaches of Ischia are varied and colourful, all different and ideal for those who love to dive into clean and enchanting waters. Sandy and rocky seas, small beaches that can only be reached by boat, inlets enclosed by green headlands, sheer rocky shores carved out by deep caves: Ischia’s beaches offer all this.
The island also has numerous well-equipped establishments that allow tourists to spend relaxing days and fully enjoy the beaches and the sea.
The sea of Ischia offers a unique experience. Some beaches of Ischia, in fact, offer the possibility of living a pleasant thermal experience directly on the beach; that of Maronti, in the locality of Fumarole, for example, is the largest beach of Ischia and the southernmost on the island. On this unique shore, steam is released directly from the sand and the temperature reaches 100°C. Ideal for those who love hot sand and sauna-like sensations, it also offers a curious opportunity: you can cook food directly in the sand. Simply wrap potatoes, eggs or chicken in aluminium foil and they will be cooked by the steam released.
Other typical Ischia beaches offering thermal experiences are located in Sorgeto and can be reached either by boat or by car via Panza, a hamlet in the municipality of Forio. At Sorgeto the thermal water gushes out onto the shore in pools of water that turn into very pleasant warm pools, where you can bathe even in the middle of winter. Here, as well as on the beaches of Chiaia and Citara in Forio, there are numerous well-equipped bathing establishments, also suitable for families, which allow you to enjoy the splendid sea of Ischia in complete relaxation.
Those who love the open sea should go to the Punta Caruso rocks at Zaro, in the municipality of Forio. This beach is ideal for those who prefer an isolated place with a wild atmosphere.
To fully enjoy the beaches of Ischia, it is advisable to hire a boat and treat yourself to the experience of a “tour of the island”. With a boat, in fact, you can reach by sea coves and beaches otherwise precluded by land, not to be missed, in particular, those of San Pancrazio and Scarrupata di Barano, located between Cartaromana and Maronti beach. In this area, the rugged, rocky coastline is a succession of inlets and promontories interspersed with caves, the most famous of which is the Grotta del Mago.
The Bay of Cartaromana, with the rocks of S. Anna, where the splendid, transparent sea of Ischia is set in a natural landscape of rare beauty, is also well worth a boat trip. The beach, in fact, is defined to the west by the hills of Campagnano and to the east by the majestic Aragonese Castle, which faces the village of Ischia Ponte.
The beaches in the municipality of Ischia are perfect for families and children. Starting from the La Mandra or dei Pescatori beach, just outside Ischia Ponte, you can reach the wide beaches of Lido and S. Pietro.
Small and very suggestive, is the beach of the Inglesi, which can be reached through the picturesque village of S. Alessandro, while just one kilometre further on is the bay of Bagnitiello, in the municipality of Casamicciola, where there is a beach, but also a small and well-equipped spa. In between are the Grotta della Sibilla (Sibyl’s Cave) and the hot springs of Castiglione; the latter is home to the thermal park of the same name with ten swimming pools, whose water temperature varies between 30 and 40 degrees.
Casamicciola Terme has a very pleasant and crowded seafront promenade in summer, where you can sunbathe and bathe on a series of bathing terraces equipped with every comfort, and there is also a beach in front of the very central Piazza Marina. We conclude this ideal tour of the island’s beaches with the harmonious bay of S. Montano, in Lacco Ameno, where, nestled between two verdant promontories, a wide beach of golden sand opens out, overlooked by the Negombo thermal garden, set in a green oasis of over nine hectares. Negombo is one of the most beautiful thermal parks on the island.
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