Just a short 30 minute drive from Giardini Naxos is Parco dell’Etna – home of Mount Etna – making this town a good home base for day trips into the park. The northern part of the park, Piano Provenzano, is the closest to Giardini Naxos and an easy drive up the mountain.Parco dell’Etna was a must-see stop for us on our holiday in Sicily. Mount Etna...more
This is the site of first Greek settlement in Sicily. There is a small museum and a larger park area where excavations have taken place. Unfortunately the information panels in the museum are only in Italian, and some of the information boards are rather tatty and faded, so if your Italian isn't that good, bring a good guidebook (or a smartphone...more
Giardini Naxos has two beaches, one is the Recanati Beach and the other is the one in the centre, at the main beachroad, Lungomare.The one in Recanati is not very nice, and it is getting smaller evvery year, however this is the area where most of the hotels are found. The beach has one or two small "lidos" with sunbeds and shade, but the most part...more
If you made it to Taormina and your condition is still fine, you could also make it up the rest of the hill to the small village of Castelmola (either by foot or with your rental car!)Your sweats will be honoured by an unique view down to Taormina and Giardini, as well as to the Etna vulcanoe and the Eolian islands, weather permitting.There are...more
A trip from Giardini to Taormina is very easy: first, there are hourly bus-services from the railway-station Giardini/Taormina (it takes about 40 minutes to reach Taormina center via the steep and winding road); secondly, there is a funicular from Giardini Center to the center of Taormina.In Taormina you will have to cope with the hordes of...more
The site below gives all the necessary information about the attractions nearby which can keep you busy during your whole stay in Giardini Naxos. Now that I returned from Sicily I discovered that isolina_it (see http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/fe35/40/a/) also mentions a popular flea market in Giardini Naxos Parcheggio Recanati ("third Saturday...more
Only 20 minutes away by local bus from several stops in the area, this is the most well known town on all Sicily because of its stupenduous beauty. On my Giardini-Naxos intro page, you have already seen what it looks like from the Bay of Naxos. Do take the time to visit it (and maybe nearby Castelmola even higher up) as well - you won't be...more
As most hotels here have one view of Etna or another, you will feel tempted to get closer as soon as you arrive. This can be done either by car (through Alcantara, Castigliari or through Linguaglossa but that is less scenic) or by coach tours. If you are not already travelling with a tour organising company, you can join the local tourist office's...more
Naxos was the first place where the Greeks landed on Sicily (hence its Greek name as already said) and in a part of town you will find the archaeological part with some scattered remnants amongst the lemon groves. There is also a lava beach here since the "Alcantara eruption" but as far as Greek history goes, there are more interesting sights on...more
A nice 3-stars hotel immediately by the sea. The Hotel offers a nice seawater-pool and direct access...more
The Hotel Sabbie D'Oro is well-situated immediately across the road from the beach, and has its own...more
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We walked back along the seafront from the archaeological park towards the railway station checking out various restaurants and ended up in this one. It was a good choice. The menu that had enticed us in was interesting, but we ended up choosing from the specials board. My husband had 'Polpettine di Seppia e Mandorle’ (cuttlefish balls with...more
We enjoyed our first visit to Redezvous so much, we returned later during the week we spent at Naxos. The service was good. The food right up to expectations and the house wine good despite the low cost.The menus at restaurants in this part of the world seem to be standardised but with a great variety of choice anyway.Prices were very reasonable...more
The open-air restaurant of Arathena Rocks Hotel is situated near the pool, and located by the beach.It serves not only drinks, but offers an excellent choice of luch-snacks, like Spaghetti any style, salads and - my favorite - fresh Italian tomatoes with virgin olive oil, Balsamico and Mozarella, accompanied by a crisp Panini.It should go with a...more
This cafe serves light snacks like salads, lasagne, omelettes, sandwiches (the omelette was really big though :)), ice creams, pastry and coffees (I liked how they served cafe latte - coffe and milk in separate jars - see foto). Delicious food, good service, breezy and cool atmosphere, reasonable prices (6 euros for that huge lasagne, 5.50 for the...more
This was our saviour as we wandered along lungomare Naxos, starving to death with all the regular restaurants closed for siesta (2pm-4pm). This welcoming gastronomia is open all day till midnight and is very popular with the locals (especially at night), probably that's why they even opened a second shop - Fantasy2 - in via Stromboli 9. Here you'll...more
An often asked question from visitors to Naxos Bay on cruise ships is, "Can I get a bus to Taormina?" The answer is, "Yes!" The catch is the walk of about one and a half kilometres to the San Giovanni bus stop (see map in extra photos).Approx. location of bus stop: 37º50'08.30"N; 15º16'21.50"E.The cruise ship drop off point is inside the Molo...more
There are two major bus stops at the two ends of Giardini Naxos: Recanati in the West (near viale Januzzo,14, tickets can be bought in the booth right at the stop) and S.Giovanni in the East (near piazza S.Giovanni, tickets are then bought from the driver). There are frequent buses leaving for Catania Airport via the centre of Catania (a return...more
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Recanati is the southern end of the Giardini-Naxos area and mostly an area full of hotel complexes and supermarkets and restaurants geared up for those. Not the first place I would stay in (although good for children) but convenient for those getting around a lot by bus as there is a major bus station here too.more
Dolci - Italian sweets, accompanied by a strong Cafe Espresso is something not to miss, especialy in Sicily with its tradition of delicious cakes, tarts and all kinds of "Dolci"
Not necessary to mention, that also Icecream, invented in southern Italy, as the story goes, is a must in one of Giardini-Naxos cafes.
Caffe Cavalaro on Piazza Municipio is the oldest gelateria; its dolces and icecreams are delicious!
If you walk to Piazza Municipio (see map) you can't miss it close to the Town Hall!
Another excellent Pasticceria and Gelateria is CASABLANCA, Via Nazionale 64
As most typical holiday resorts, Naxos has its own "fun park". The staff is a peculiar mix of football watching and laughing men, and others bored stiff, but if you have children, they will love this place with its huge inflatable rooster slide, bumper cars and merry-go-rounds. Personally, I enjoyed beating both husband and dad at minigolf - must have been thanks to playing under the lemon trees! :-)))
One of my favorite things about Giardini Naxos was the view of Mount Etna. Mornings were the best time for us to see the snow covered summit of the volcano with the sun shining on it and before the clouds rolled in.From our hotel, we were able to get a good unobstructed view of Etna and then as we walked along the beach, the volcano was always a...more
Being where the Greeks first landed, you can see the archaeological dig outs in the Naxos area between Giardini and Recanti. There is also a reasonably nice seafront area with some touristy shops, vegetable grocers, bars and restaurants as well as a handful of budget hotels, but no major nightlife. Further towards the railway station is the nicest...more