Ischia Holidays

Escape the crowds and discover stunning walks, sandy beaches and thermal spas on a holiday to Ischia

Ischia is an example of island life done the Italian way. It’s the biggest island in the Bay of Naples, laying out medieval castles, clifftop botanical gardens, sandy beaches, hot springs and lively harbour towns along its coastline.

The centre of the island is another story altogether. Here, Mount Epomeo scrapes the clouds. Hikers tackle its sloping walking trails, which wander past caves and pine-green forests. You’ll even find the occasional vineyard clinging to the rocky slopes – usually family-run affairs with swooping views over the Bay of Naples.

What to see on an Ischia holiday

You can make a holiday to Ischia as relaxed or adventurous as you like. We love hiking up in the mountain - there are some great trails with amazing sea views and when you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the whole island. Don't worry if you'd rather take it easy though - the coastal routes are just as nice with the added bonus of being able to stop for a coffee or wine as you go.

Other highlights include hopping across to the little island of Procida, relaxing on a sandy beach or heading to one of the many thermal spas for a bit of pampering.

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Why book a holiday in Ischia with Inghams?

We've hand-picked a great selection of hotels in Ischia - some with their own thermal spas and all of them close to the sea. Your holidays is always in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£629pp
  • 76 rooms
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This high standard hotel has a great location by the sea, a few steps from the centre of Ischia Porto and surrounded by a beautiful lush garden. Once an aristocratic villa, the Excelsior Belvedere Hotel & Spa is now an elegant retreat. Enjoy great food, a sandy beach, outdoor pool and fantastic spa.

  • from£423pp
  • 34 rooms
Hotel Capizzo Pool Gardens

Hotel Capizzo is ideal for a relaxing holiday. It's hillside position makes for spectacular views over the Bay of Citara. Take a dip in the naturally heated thermal pool or pull up a comfy sun lounger and get stuck into a good book, surrounded by beautifully groomed gardens and views of the sea. 

  • from£602pp
  • 50 rooms
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We can't get enough of the extensive gardens at this hotel. There's over seven acres of grounds filled with citrus trees and walking trails. With just 50 rooms it's easy to find your own little sanctuary, whether that's on the soft grass or by the heated pool. The food here is incredible and the chef often uses fresh vegetables that are grown on site. 

Things To Do

Things to see and do

Despite it's relatively small size, there's plenty of things to see and do on Ischia from exploring the coastal towns to chilling out in thermal spas. We've listed out some of our must-dos below:

  • Procida: This little island between Ischia and the mainland is one of the Neapolitan Riviera’s best kept secrets. A stunning landscape of pastel-coloured houses lead down to the quaint harbour where you can sample the freshest seafood.
  • La Mortella Gardens: These award-winning botanical gardens are an exquisite blend of exotic flowers and ornate fountains, all carefully arranged to allow glimpses of the glistening Mediterranean.
  • Thermal Spas: Ischia’s volcanic origins means the island is home to numerous thermal spas. Many hotels have wellness centres using the natural waters, or head to one of the thermal gardens that combine pools with lush green surroundings.
  • Castello Aragonese: This is one of Ischia's most visited sights. It dates back to medieval times and juts out from the island's east coast. There's several temples and frescoed catacombs to explore.
  • Head to the beach: There's plenty to choose from here - all of them with white sands and inviting sea waters.

Food & drink

On the coast you'll get to enjoy plenty of fresh seafood. Some of the best can be found on Procida, where you can watch the fishermen bring in the catch of the day before sitting back to enjoy it with a glass of wine in a family-run restaurant. Head a bit inland and one of the most popular dishes is coniglio all’ischitana, a rustic rabbit stew. 

Activities

Ischia's a fantastic resort for walkers. There's lots of routes that cater to all abilities. For the best views, head up the well-marked trails on Mount Epomeo - its peak is 789 metres high and you'll be treated to panoramic views the whole way. We love the coastal trails too and planning a walk between the towns and beaches. You'll find some great forests inland as well as botanical gardens that are a real pleasure to walk around.

Good to know

  • Bathe in the volcanic island’s mineral rich waters at the bubbling hot springs of Maronte beach
  • Ischia is home to the famous medieval Aragonese Castle
  • Follow ancient walking trails through pine woods and lush landscapes
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