On Sicily’s east coast, just 5 kilometres from fashionable Taormina, the resort of Giardini Naxos hugs a sheltered arc of white sand in a turquoise bay. The silky-soft beach and interesting old town, filled with boutiques and antique shops, are both huge draws on Giardini Naxos holidays.
At the town’s marina, lined with cafés, seafood restaurants and pizzerias, colourful boats bob in the shimmering water. Everywhere you look, the scenery is jaw-dropping. Emerald-green forest, filled with pines and palms, fringes the town and coastline, and in the distance the magnificent Mount Etna – with its distinctive conical summit – is silhouetted against the sky. Holidays to Giardini Naxos are a good choice for those who want a low-key resort, compared to, say, the glitz of nearby Taormina. This charming resort, with its remarkable coastline and laid-back atmosphere, is an ideal choice for families and groups of friends looking to indulge in some serious downtime.
Bask on the beach
Not only does Lido Bonday Beach have soft, pristine sands, but it’s also home to cool beach clubs and there are balmy bars and cafés in which to hang out.
Take a trip to Taormina
Whether you arrive by boat or road, you’ll be wowed by the chic resort of Taormina and its well-preserved amphitheatre, which dates from the 3rd-century BC.
Go scuba diving
The clear, warm waters of the Ionian Sea make for sensational scuba diving. Book in with one of the Padi-registered centres here and have a go yourself.