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Ischia Holidays

Holidays in Ischia invite you to one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Far from a tourist destination, Ischia is the island lesser known to tourists and loved by locals, tucked away in plain sight next to its more happening and busier neighbour, Capri. Tourists will likely be spotted in the sparkly Capri, but Ischia is where the Italians go for a unique escape, away from the crowds. Couples looking for something relaxing and indulgent will love the Cavascura thermal baths, which are the oldest on the island and set on a cliff where hot natural showers and private Roman baths are on offer.

Holidays in Ischia are more than just a typical island escape. Fondly known as the Capital of European Spas, it’s famous for its spas and it’s no surprise it was once a go to destination for Romans. Also home to ‘The Green Island’, this vibrant garden is a must, and perfect for an afternoon spent admiring nature.

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Most of the beaches on the nearby coastlines around Amalfi and Capri are prone to rockiness, while less crowded Ischia offers a softer and sandier option for warm afternoons on one of Campania’s best beaches. Once a hotspot for the rich and famous (Leonardo Dicaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon spent time here while filming the famous The Talented Mr Ripley), the island is home to the beaches of Maronti, Lacco Ameno and Citara, all of which boast plush sands and crystal clear waters.

For a therapeutic treat, head to Casamicciola, a quaint little town famous for its thermal baths as well as its local pottery and ceramic shops, where you can pick up authentic trinkets to take back home. For something a little livelier, visit Porto d’Ischia, the capital of the island, where you will find high end fashion stores, true to Italian style. Wander through the narrow streets and find bustling bars and restaurants, where waiters often offer passer-by’s a helping of limoncello as they walk past.

Handpicked Hotels in Ischia

Discover the real Ischia while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Destinations in Ischia
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Forio
Forio is picture-perfect: a stunning medieval seaside town backed by rugged mountains and fronted by a sandy beach. 
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Porto d'Ischia
Porto d’Ischia is the island’s capital, known to locals purely as ‘Ischia’. Situated on the eastern coast of Ischia, this town is the closest settlement to the mainland and so acts as the island’s premier port, with great transport links to Naples and Procida.

Excursions and experiences in and around Ischia

Experience more of Italy by adding an excursion to your holiday. To pre-book one of our specially selected excursions, please call our Italy Experts on 01293 762410*.

Things to do in Ischia

Holidays in Ischia offer a perfect blend of culture, leisure and history, and you won’t be at a loss for stimulating things to do on this little island. If you want to build your holiday beyond the island, our Amalfi Coast & Ischia tour is the perfect way to soak in the seaside and volcanic views.

For a more culture filled trip, head to nearby Naples, a city rich in history and the perfect place to explore the nearby sites. Most historical sites are free to explore here, including The Royal Palace or the church of San Francesco di Paolo. Alternatively, book a trip to Pompeii or Herculaneum, and when you need to step out of the sun, grab a cold gelato from within the piazza.
Flight Information

The closest airport to Ischia is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 2 hours from Ischia via ferry (we recommend that flights into Naples arrive no later than 7pm and depart no earlier than 10am in order to catch the first/last ferry).

Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.

When to go

Ischia's season runs from April to October. The island is cooled by sea breezes so it's comfortable even in the height of summer, yet it enjoys warm temperatures for its whole season. June to August is the busiest time for the island but even during these months the evenings are relatively quiet as most people are only visiting for the day.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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