Giardini Naxos is a sun-kissed district located in the Messina Provence on the island of Sicily, perfect for your next trip to Italy. Situated along a stunning sandy bay, Giardini Naxos is all about relaxing in the sunshine and exploring the charming town centre at your leisure. The setting is picturesque, enclosed by the sea and the Silician mountains – perfect for those who love to be outdoors and soak up the sunshine.
What makes Giardini Naxos unique is the many surrounding villages which can be reached within minutes by hire car. The many localities which are perched atop hills make for wonderful day trips where you can enjoy lunch overlooking the sea and the volcanic terrain.
Situated just south of Giardini Naxos is Catania. This city, which lies at the foot of Mount Etna, has been influenced by the Romans, the Greeks and the Arabs (among others), a charming confluence of cultures which are visible throughout the town. The compact central district is best explored on foot. Amid your walks, you'll be able to discover all the gems the city has on offer: Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral and the several fish and food markets are just a few of the delights waiting to be discovered. No trip here would be complete without exploring Mount Etna. You can decide how challenging you would like your visit to be but missing out on Europe's largest volcano is simply not an option.
Giarre is a small town just south of Giardini Naxos. There's an abundance of neo-classical architecture just waiting to be explored. There are several other churches and historical buildings in the town if that's what you're looking for. If you're travelling with children, the Mediterranean Aquarium is an excellent half-day activity.
Just five minutes from the town of Giardini Naxos is the hilltop village of Taormina. The small centre is truly breath-taking and the panoramic views across the region are simply not to be missed. The town is most famous for its Roman amphitheatre, which is still in use. Even if you don't understand the language, it's worth getting a ticket to a play just to enjoy the experience under the stars with a glass of wine, looking out over the Mediterranean. It is possible to walk between the two towns. However, given that Taormina is some 700 feet above Giardini Naxos it's not a task which should be undertaken lightly.
Exploring Giardini Naxos...
Go sightseeing in style
One of the highlights of a trip to Giardini Naxos is exploring the many local villages, which pepper the local area, by vintage car. You can either do a self-drive excursion or book onto a local tour. Of course, self-drive is preferable since you can take your time and stay where you want for as long as you want. Savoca and Forza D’Agrò are just two of the little villages which should be on your trip itinerary. Pack yourself a picnic and stop atop one of the many hills and enjoy the mesmerising views of the surrounding coast and Mount Etna in the distance.
Delve into the past
The town was once incredibly important as the first location on the island to be colonised by the Greeks. There is an archaeological park and museum which is dedicated to what remains of the Greeks past in the town. This former site of the colonial city has only recently been excavated and work is still going on to bring the former site into its full modern glory. There are several paths which can be taken around the site. Even if you aren't into history the sight of Mount Etna peeking out above the colonial ruins and lemons is quite something.
Dive into the surroundings
There are plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling in and around Giardini Naxos. Several companies run trips, which are ideal if you want to visit various dive sites in one day. They will even pick you up from your hotel and drop you back there after a day of diving. If you're interested in getting your diving certification then there are plenty of well qualified and equipped schools around the area.
Beaches in Giardini Naxos
The main beach in Giardini Naxos is well equipped with amenities and is a fantastic place to relax day or night. In the sunshine hours, there's plenty of room to relax on the golden sands, while once the sun goes down you can dine at one of the many beach-side restaurants or just enjoy a drink to the sound of lapping waves. Situated just up the road is Isola Bella, which is probably the most beautiful beach in the area. This pebble enclave is lined with lush vegetation and the small islet is linked to the main beach by a strip of sand – it is only passable at low tide. Just to the north of Isola Bella is Mazzarò. This small beach has plenty of beds and umbrellas and is peppered with lots of lidos where you can bathe free of charge.
Sicilian food is similar to its neighbours but with some distinct differences. Arancine (Sicilian Rice Balls) and Cassatelle alla Trapanese (Trapani-style Fried Crescents) are just two of the local favourites which should be sampled on your visit to the island.
Restaurants in Giardini Naxos
When it comes to dining out in Giardini Naxos, restaurants are plentiful and generally of a very high standard. Villa Conti is a nice Italian joint serving all the favourites that you would expect and L'Acquario Degustazione is a lovely dining option for those who enjoy their seafood.
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