Tons of pages are available online about Ischia. Some are technically oriented, many were drawn-up from the tourist perspective, some other take into consideration its natural environment, geology and climate.
It’s a dirty job but someone has got to do it: so, let’s try to look at Ischia through the eyes of a traveller who reaches its territory without knowing almost anything about it.
Arriving from Naples, the first impression ones gets is of a huge multifaceted territory whose central point stands out significantly in comparison to the rest of the island. It is the Mount Epomeo (789 m above sea level), covered by incredible vegetation on all its slopes up to its peak where – but our Ischia-beginner does not yet know it! – sometimes snow generously falls. Climbing up to its top is a marvellous experience as the view to enjoy around is simply unique!
After your “mountain” experience it’s time to enjoy one of the most marvellous aspects of Ischia: its sea! Let’s go the Maronti beach on the southern side of the island: more than 2 km of gorgeous shore ending with the luxuriant peninsula of Torre Sant’Angelo (Natural Reserve) which is also home to the marina of Sant’Angelo, the charming fishermen village where time has stopped going by.
The isthmus connecting Torre and the village is made on both sides by sand and is a further suggestion to spend a day on the beach, apart from the Maronti beach itself, where lots of attractive places are to be visited:
- the Fumaroles (where sand is really hot thanks to the thermal vapour and water under its surface) which offer you the mouthwatering opportunity of cooking chicken, fish, eggs, potatoes and vegetables under the sand!
- Cavascura: an ancient Spa where it is possible to enjoy thermal baths and mud wrappings in suggestive surroundings.
- Olmitello: a thermal spring gushing out from the mountain slopes behind the Maronti beach. An extremely natural ambience where wellbeing and relaxation play the main role.
Cavascura Thermal Baths at Maronti Beach