Looking for ideas on what to do and see in Ischia? Whether you have a day, a weekend or a week, there are plenty of things to do in Ischia during your trip. You’ll be able to range from relaxing at the spa, to diving into the crystal clear sea of the island of Ischia, passing by the characteristic cultural places to visit, or where you can stop for a break with the island’s flavors! Here is a list of the main attractions on the island of Ischia.

Aragonese Castle

The Aragonese Castle is the main monument of the entire island of Ischia, of which it is one of the symbols. You cannot go to Ischia and miss the spectacle of this castle on the sea, on a volcanic rock islet, connected to the village of Ischia Ponte by a 220-meter-long masonry bridge. In an enchanted setting rich in history, the castle is a combination of artistic and scenic riches. Definitely worth visiting are the churches, including that of the Immaculate Conception and the Cathedral of the Assumption, the paths rich in Mediterranean scrub, and the terraces with breathtaking views: from the Terrazzo dell’Immacolata, you can admire the Borgo di Ischia Ponte, the Spiaggia dei Pescatori, with Mount Epomeo in the background; from the Terrazzo degli Ulivi, on the other hand, you can enjoy the wide view that goes from the Monti Lattari to the Gulf of Gaeta. The castle is open daily, with paid admission.

Aragonese Castle, Ischia, Italy

Borgo Sant’Angelo

Another essential stop on your trip to Ischia is a visit to the village of Sant’Angelo, in the municipality of Serrara Fontana. An ancient fishing village, with the characteristic small colorful houses leaning against each other, typical of Mediterranean villages, Sant’Angelo is located in front of the characteristic islet of Ischia, where on the top anciently stood the small church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, after whom the village is named. Its typical Piazzetta, a pedestrian island, is the beating soul of Sant’Angelo, with its stores and numerous places to sit and enjoy the tranquility of the place. In addition, right in Sant’Angelo we find Cava Grado, one of the most characteristic beaches on the island of Ischia.

Borgo Sant’Angelo, Ischia

Forio d’Ischia

If you are traveling to Ischia, it is impossible to skip a visit to Forio, which offers on its territory beaches for diving into the crystal clear sea, spas for relaxation and many artistic/cultural points of interest. Symbols of the municipality are the Chiesa del Soccorso, with its white building on a promontory surrounded by the sea on three sides, which collects numerous ex-votos of sailors, and the Torrione, the highest tower in the municipality, dominating over the entire center of Forio. A top artistic center, today Forio hosts shows and events throughout the year. The Poseidon Gardens, the island’s largest thermal park, and Sorgeto Bay, a true open-air thermal park as well as a snorkeling paradise, deserve a separate note.

Forio d’Ischia

The beaches of Ischia

Without a doubt, Ischia is also sea and sunbathing! The long perimeter of the island offers miles of coastline that hide beaches suitable for all needs, each with its own characteristic and special features! You will be spoiled for choice: on the island of Ischia you will be able to find, in fact, sandy beaches, ideal for families, such as the Bay of San Montano in Lacco Ameno, but also more rocky and hidden coves such as the Spiaggia degli Inglesi. And again, beaches usually frequented by a young audience, such as Cava d’Ischia, without forgetting those where the thermal soul of Ischia manifests itself, such as the Bay of Sorgeto. In short, whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find what’s right for you among the beaches of the island of Ischia!

Beaches of Ischia
Bay of San Montano in Lacco Ameno

La Mortella Gardens

Another essential visit during a trip to Ischia will be the Mortella Gardens, in Forio, one of the most beautiful private gardens in Europe. Created beginning in 1956 by the wife of composer and conductor William Walton, with the aim of collecting the world’s most original plant species, today Giardini la Mortella is often the site of concerts and art events, and houses a museum with Walton’s manuscripts and a puppet theater. They offer throughout the year the incredible spectacle of sometimes undiscovered species of plants and flowers (in winter open by appointment only), with the gardens connected by paths, ramps and ladders, and three tropical greenhouses.

La Mortella Gardens, Ischia

The spa

Ischia is certainly synonymous with spas! Thanks to its volcanic nature, the island is rich in thermal waters, which have given rise to more than 300 spas, from which you can choose the one that best matches your idea of relaxation and self-care. In the wide range of choices offered by Ischia, we can mention the island’s largest thermal park, the Poseidon Gardens, in the picturesque Citara Bay in Forio, with its 22 thermal pools. Also of note is the Negombo Park, with its “kneipp” path. Finally, you will have a unique experience at the Bay of Sorgeto, which can be defined as “open-sea spas,” due to the presence directly in the water of naturally hot, cold, fresh and salt water pools.

The kitchen

Among the many attractions of Ischia, the island’s typical cuisine should be highlighted. Between visits, why not relax in one of Ischia’s many eateries to sample traditional dishes? Don’t miss the chance to taste the island’s signature dish: “coniglio all’ischitana,” with rabbits raised in pits. For those who prefer seafood, you will be spoiled for choice, including spaghetti with clams and fried paranza. For those who aim for simplicity, it will be a must to taste the “Zingara,” made with bread, ham and cheese, which has nevertheless become an icon of Ischian cuisine. Finally, you cannot miss tasting the island’s wines, made from the vines grown on the island’s tuffaceous slopes, with several native DOC labels, including Biancolella d’Ischia and Piedirosso.