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Chill out on a spa holiday in Ischia

20 July 2013

Tropical gardens opening onto a blue sea and the presence of more hot springs than anywhere else in Europe make Ischia a unique place to discover.

Ischia is a volcanic island at the entrance to the bay of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea, most famous for its hot spring waters. When the Romans discovered the relaxing properties of the spring waters, believing the beneficial effect of the waters to hold the secret of life, they built the first public thermal baths on the island.

Ischia’s spring waters are said to be unique in the world in that extraordinary energy comes from the volcanic rocks which transmit a type of radioactivity known to have beneficial effects on the treatment of aching joints, rheumatisms and arthritis. When mixed with seawater, these spring waters stimulate the metabolism and vital functions of the body assisted by relaxing therapies, beauty treatments and thalassotherapy.

There are many different ways to treat yourself while you are in Ischia, from thermal baths to mud therapies.

And it doesn’t stop at the thermal therapies.

Explore the island and its surroundings by renting a car or a Vespa. Alternatively, with its hilly landscapes, Ischia is the perfect location for trekking, and it is also small enough to allow you to circle it with a small boat to discover its natural hidden bays and beaches.

Take a walk to the top of the rocky islet that protects the Castello Aragonese for the best views.

Don’t miss the chance to discover the peaceful La Mortella gardens created by the English composer Sir William Walton and his wife Susana and, in the evening, just step to one of the many panoramic terraces of Sant’Agnello village.

Ischia's most famous beach is the Spiaggia dei Maronti, on the southern shore between Sant'Angelo and Barano. Great for swimming, the 3km-long beach offers the unusual treat of a natural thermal spring at Cava Scura. Open-air pools dug in the rock give visitors the opportunity to bathe in the supposedly-therapeutic waters.

Spiaggia Citara, south of Forio, is home to the Giardini Poseidon, a beach-front garden with a thermal spa, pools and sunbeds.

Between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte lie two beaches, Spiaggia Mandra and Spiaggia dei Pescatori. Other favourites include the Spiaggia degli Inglesi ('Beach of the English'), the other side of Ischia Porto. 

Getting There

From Naples, Ischia can be easily reached by ferry or hydrofoil, so you can easily spend a day there while staying in Naples or along the Amalfi Coast.

Top hotels

Garden & Villas Resort is a hotel with a stunning pool, close to the sandy beach of San Montano and the town of Lacco Ameno.

Set imposingly on a headland with a breathtaking vista of the sea, Mezzatorre Resort & Spa is all about blissing out in beautiful, Mediterranean surroundings. Hike, play tennis on clay courts, swim in the outdoor seawater pool or in the bay or a have spa treatment.

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