Located on the east coast of Sicily, Giardini Naxos is recognised as the oldest Greek colony. Once an ancient fishing village, it is now fast becoming a popular destination for tourists and Italians alike, whilst taking care to preserve its traditional lifestyle and culture. This blend of modern and classical is reflected in the town itself, with the archaeological museum and the ruins of the Greek colony contrasting with the new developments and nightlife.
July and August see this town packed with tourists and locals alike enjoying the lively beach, known across the island as a great place for water sports, or even just relaxing on the clean pebble and sands. As Giardini Naxos is situated at the bottom of Mount Etna, the town can be busy even in winter as people pass through to seek out the snow for winter sports. In the town, bargain hunters and serious shoppers will find a Saturday well spent at Recanati, the local market, boasting a wide range of souvenirs, clothes, accessories and local food. Also, be sure to have a browse in the boutique outlets in the Cape Schiso harbour. If you want to explore further afield, you could also take a day trip to Taormarina and explore the bay around this classic city.
In the summer, the seafront comes to life with busy restaurants, hotels and lively entertainment. Witness the Naxos folk group in their traditional Sicilian costume, or sit back and enjoy l’opera dei pupi, the famous Sicilian puppet show, with its detailed and wonderfully manoeuvred marionettes and excellent stories. This truly is fun for all ages, ideal for family holidays to Giardini Naxos. If you’re in the area, be sure to catch the Italian holiday of Ferragosto on 15th August which is marked by a mass celebration of people camping on the beaches, live music and a firework display as everyone runs into the clean and clear Mediterranean Sea at midnight.
Traditional Sicilian food can be found across the resort, and you'll find plenty of pizzerias and trattorias, as well as fresh seafood restaurants, and bakeries with wonderful Italian sweet treats to discover. A busy nightlife can be found in the nearby town of Taormina, where you'll find cocktail bars and live music every night of the week. Visit for an unforgettable night out during your holiday to Giardini Naxos!
Giardini Naxos is a lively and charming resort which offers an insight into traditional Sicillian life, whilst providing many of the more modern amenities to ensure you enjoy a balance of culture and comfort. With easyJet holidays it’s easier than ever to book your holidays. When you book your flights and hotels at the same time and you could save even more!