Ischia – Italian vacations on the Green Island
Stone pine forests, vineyards, citrus and chestnut groves are the reasons why Ischia is called the Green Island. The wonderful Mediterranean climate, varied coastline with beautiful beaches and steep rocks, landscapes with white houses and the ever-present blue sea and the famous hot springs have impressed tourists from all over the world for a long time. Ischia is the neighbor of Capri and the largest island in the Gulf of Naples, which is about 45 km². It is only 10 kilometers away from the mainland and 40 kilometers away from Naples. The often photographed majestic Aragonese Castle (Castello Aragonese) in Ischia Ponte, located on a coastal island, connected to the mainland by the Ponte Aragonese bridge is the showcase of the island.
Beaches and hot springs
Ischia has long been famous for its rich natural resources: mineral water and hot springs, of which there are over 100 on the island! Famous holiday resorts like: Santo Angelo, Forio, Lacco Ameno, not only allow you to enjoy the sun and sea, but also offer a wide range of prophylaxis and therapeutic treatments using the benefits of thermal water. The most famous natural SPA in Italy is the town of Ischia Porto, where the hot springs are located in... a volcano crater. Ischia is also a very good choice for beach lovers. The famous and popular sandy beach is located in the area of Forio, it is worth to visit the long Maronti beach near Barano, or Fungo in the area of Lacco Ameno, the symbol of which is the rock formation resembling a mushroom with its shape.
Forio - the oldest locality on the island
Forio, the oldest locality on the island, is worth visiting not only because of the beach. The city full of charming narrow streets also has the Giardini La Mortella, the famous gardens with magnificent Mediterranean and subtropical vegetation, and Punta Soccorso, a typical Mediterranean-style church where you can admire the unique sunsets.
Rabbit and Limoncello
In the numerous restaurants and taverns you can taste the traditional specialties of the local cuisine as well as local wines. Of particular note is the coniglio all'ischitana, or rabbit prepared in the traditional Ischian way, as well as the mozzarella di bufala made from buffalo milk. The almond-chocolate cake without flour - torta caprese and a glass of the lemon Limoncello - are a must for dessert.
Pilot: Tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.
Flight duration: Poland-Naples - approx. 2 hours
Transfer: approx. 2 hours: coach to the port (approx. 20 min.), ferry to the island (approx. 60-70 min) and minibus to the hotel (approx. 20-30 min. depending on the hotel).
Local time: GTM+1.
Voltage: 220 V; adapter necessary in some hotels - available in reception or in shops.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Prices in the hotel and restaurants: lunch – approx. 10 EUR, mineral water - from approx. 2 EUR, beer – from approx. 4 EUR, wine – from approx. 10 EUR.
Transport: most of the popular places on the island can be reached by local buses that travel from morning to the late evening hours (one-time ticket: approx. 1.5 EUR, day ticket: approx. 4.5 EUR).
Beaches: public and private, sandy; beach service on some beaches (umbrellas, sunbeds) payable: approx. 14-30 EUR depending on the date.
Visitor’s tax: obligatory fee upon check-in: adults from 18 years old: approx. 2-3 EUR/day.
Local trips: organized by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility that, if there is not enough participants, a trip may be canceled.
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