Atahotel Capotaormina

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina Area

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The Atahotel Capotaormina is right on the coast, built into the cliffs below Taormina, which makes for some stunning views across the Bay of Naxos and the little island of Isola Bella. It’s ideally positioned for exploring Taormina and the surrounding area – there’s a regular shuttle bus into town.

To make the most of the location, we’d recommend upgrading to a superior room, where you’ll have a balcony and sea views. Waking up to the sounds of the sea and strolling out onto the balcony to watch the fishing boats bob in the bay, is hard to beat.  The hotel has its own private pebble beach, accessible via a lift carved into the rocks. There’s also the salt water swimming pool, along with a large whirlpool, if you fancy relaxing here.

Buffet breakfast is served in one of the three restaurants with a panoramic terrace and views of the sea – on clear days you’ll have views of Mount Etna too. If you opt for half board you’ll have dinner in the Naxos restaurant. Or why not try out the Scogliera restaurant where you can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner, from the à la carte menu.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 10 mins from Catania airport.

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 190
  • Official rating: 4

Rooms

Classic Rooms with balcony and garden view have been elegantly decorated in a Mediterranean style and offer a quiet retreat. All rooms have a private bath or shower, air conditioning, television, minibar, safe and hairdryer. These rooms accommodate up to 3 adults. 

Superior Rooms with balcony and sea view are more spacious and include all of the Classic Room amenities. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
Taormina Area

Stunning views of Europe's largest active volcano, often capped with snow, sweeping sea vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see and gardens full of the colours and aromas of bougainvillea, lemon trees and jasmine - all combine to create one of the most enchanting destinations in Italy.

Excursions

Valley of the Temples

Agrigento & Scala Dei Turchi (full day)

This awe inspiring excursion will take you on a journey along the South Coast of Sicily to Agrigento, known as Akragas in the past, a place in which one of the most influential civilisations of ancient Greece flourished. Explore the archaeological site and discover the ruins of the ancient temples, some among the best preserved in the world, Concordia, the temples of Juno, Zeus, Hercules, Vulcano and the ruins of the temples of Castor and Pollux.

The journey continues towards Scala dei Turchi and its white marna cliff formations on the south coast of the Island. Its name is translated to ‘Stair of the Turks’ due to the ladder like rock formations that undulate across the landscape. This unique striking landscape is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Italy. There are two sandy beaches surrounding the cliffs that you can make your way down to (comfortable shoes are highly recommended). Pack your swimsuit, towels and sun cream so that you can take a moment to relax by the glistening emerald ocean before making the trip back to Taormina in the late afternoon.

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £49pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorges (full day)

This trip takes you on an adventure to Europe’s largest and most active volcano. To reach the towering Mount Etna from Taormina, take the highway (about 20km) until you reach the mountain road that meanders through the villages of Etna and the surrounding fields of vineyards, olive trees and fruit trees. As you ascend the mountain road through a continuously changing landscape, a chestnut and pine forest closes in at an altitude of 1000 metres, before opening up into a volcanic lunar landscape at 1900 metres. From the carpark you can take a short trek up to the Silvestri Craters that formed as a result of the eruption of Etna in 1892.

There is also a cable car up to the spectacular viewpoint at 2500m. If you are feeling even more adventurous you can join a Jeep and mountain guide that takes you to the foot of the mountain crater at 2900m where the black volcanic landscape intensifies into a kaleidoscope of red ionised rock, white ashfall and yellow sulphur. This extension depends on the activity of the volcano and the weather conditions. During your visit to Mount Etna there will be time for lunch at the base of the cable car where there are small souvenir shops and self-service restaurant.

As you head back towards Taormina you will have the chance to see the stunning lava prisms at the Alcantara Gorges. The black lava walls that tower above the glistening Alcantara River, have been formed from the lava cooling process and water erosion. A stairway leads you down through the gorge or you can descend through the canyon via a lift.

Departs: Daily except Fridays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £103pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Palermo (full day)

Take a trip from Taormina through the heart of Sicily to Palermo via the Catania-Enna-Palermo (about 280 km). Once you reach the Capital of Sicily you will find yourself in the political hub and cultural centre of the Island. Palermo is at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and as a result, is a melting pot of many influences. First stop is the magnificent Cathedral of Monreale, a visual culmination of these influences with its mix of Western, Byzantine, and Islamic architecture. Its original building was constructed on the orders of King William II of Sicily and dates back to 1182. The majestic building is set on the hillside overlooking the city’s centre in a striking and strategic location that assured that the residents security and defence. Famed for its intricate mosaic finish that covers almost the entire interior from floor to ceiling with geometric patterns and rich figural decoration, it is a sight to behold. You will have the option to visit the adjacent cloister on the southern side of the cathedral, which is part of the original monastery building.

Departs: Wednesdays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £49pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Syracuse & Noto (full day)

The beautiful baroque town of Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins and stunning architecture. You’ll get to explore the thousand-year-old history of the town on this excursion, starting with the incredible cathedral that dominates the piazza. After a short walk, you’ll arrive on the seafront promenade to admire the Arethusa Fountain before getting some free time for lunch. With Syracuse’s daily market filled with fresh food and plenty of family-run trattorias and cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice. After lunch, you’ll stop at the archaeological park before heading to Noto, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its maze of beautiful baroque buildings.

Departs: Mondays and Fridays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £50pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Mini Cruise to Aeolian Islands - Lipari & Vucano (full day)

This full-day excursion takes you north to the stunning Aeolian Islands. Heading to the port town of Milazzo, a comfortable ship will take you to Lipari via the Punta Castagna - a beautiful area of old Pumice Pits and white beaches, where you can admire the charming landscape and the crystal-clear waters. On Lipari you’ll get to visit the old town and archaeological park before having some free time for lunch or a spot of shopping. Next on the agenda is Vulcano, an island known for its black sand beaches, hot springs and mud baths. Before heading back to mainland Sicily, you'll enjoy an hour and a half's sail around the islands to view the Faraglioni, Papa Giovanni rock, the Grotta degli Angeli and the Scoglio della Mummia. On the way back to Milazzo, the boat will pass near the picturesque village of Gelso to admire the ancient lighthouse.

Departs: Wednesdays and Fridays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £63pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

 

Mini Cruise to Aeolian Islands - Panarea & Stromboli (full day)

After departing Taormina, you'll drive to Milazzo and board a boat directly to Panarea, one of the Aeolian's most fashionable islands where luxury yachts fill the tiny harbour and some of Italy's most elite sip prosseco in bustling cafés. You'll have two hours here to wander around - visit the picturesque village, take a swim in the crystal-clear waters or stop for a bite to eat. The afternoon takes you to Stromboli, where the smoky volcano dominates the sky. You'll have time to explore before leaving at sun set when you can admire the 'sciara del fuoco', the stream of fire, created when the lava flows down the active volcano.

Departs: Thursdays and Sundays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £74pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)

Facilities

Pools & Beach

  • Outdoor sea-water pool; large whirlpool
  • Private beach with sunbeds and umbrellas
  • Beach bar serving light snacks

Spa

  • Beauty centre offering treatments and massage (local charge)
  • Fitness room

Practical Facilities 

  • Free WiFi throughout the hotel
  • Lifts within hotel and down to the beach
  • Parking (payable locally)
  • Free Shuttle service at set times (must be pre-booked)
Meals

Alcantara Restaurant is where breakfast is served each morning. It has an outdoor terrace where you’ll have views as far as Mount Etna across the Bay of Naxos. Breakfast is buffet style with a good selection of juices, fruit, pastries, fresh bread, jams, teas and coffee. You'll find international options as well as traditional Sicilian choices. 

Open for breakfast between 7.30 – 10.30am

Naxos Restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Naxos, so you’ll have lovely views while you eat. Here you can choose from typical Sicilian dishes as well as a choice of lots of international dishes. The restaurants water service and the dress code is quite formal, so it’s nice chance to dress up a bit. They have an a la carte menu or if you book half board you’ll enjoy the menu of the day here each evening.

Open for dinner between 8 – 10pm

La Scogliera Restaurant is by the cliffs, as the name suggests.  It has large terraces by the sea and close to the pool area. The restaurant offers buffet lunches which include delicious fresh fish. In the evening it transforms into the most romantic setting where you can enjoy candle lit meals beside the water. The dinner menu is à la carte and based around the catch of the day.

Open for lunch and dinner from June to September (weather dependent) between 1 - 3pm and 8 - 11pm

Swabian Bar also has access to the panoramic terrace. It’s the best place for an aperitif, while you watch the nun set over the bay. They have a great selection of drinks here, including tasty cocktails. During the summer there’s sometimes special evenings with live music, held on the terrace.

Open from morning until late between 10am - 1am

Beach Bar is the best place to go for a refreshing drink or a quick snack if you're relaxing on the beach. 

Open from Jun - Sep depending on the weather between 9am - 3pm 

L'Approdo Bar is right by the pool, so drinks and light snacks are always on hand when you're not taking a swim or catching the sun by the water. 

Open from Apr - Oct depending on the weather between 10am - 7pm

  • Dinner service:

    For those guests who choose the half board basis then you can dine in the beautiful Naxos Restaurant that overlooks the Gulf of Naxos. There is a daily set menu or you can choose à la carte menu that offers traditional Sicilian cuisine and International cuisine. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.297227
  • Latitude: 37.845945
  • Location Description:
    • Beach front location 
    • 2.5 kilometres to Taormina
    • 2.5 to the bus station in Taormina
    • 1.5km to Taormina-Giardini Train Station

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