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5 TOP Things to do in Ischia Italy

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Ischia is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Naples, known for its therapeutic hot springs. The island has been attracting visitors for centuries, and there is no shortage of things to do. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your trip to Ischia with kids.


Take a boat tour around the island

One of the best family activities in Ischia is taking a boat tour around the island. You can choose between a leisurely cruise around the coastline or an adventure-filled excursion to explore the hidden gems of Ischia. Either way, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the island's dramatic shoreline and crystal clear waters. You can even spot dolphins, flying fish, and other wildlife during your tour. The fresh sea air combined with the warmth of the sun will make for a truly unique experience. 

Ischia Island TOP RATED boat tours 

  • Take this boat excursion with lunch on board to admire the coastal scenery of Ischia. Furthermore you will have the opportunity to take 4-5 baths in the most beautiful coves and caves of the island of Ischia.


Explore Castello Aragonese

This imposing medieval castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ischia. It is an ideal spot for kids because it offers natural beauty and entertainment at the same time. Situated on the eastern side of the island, it sits at the end of a scenic stone footpath.

The castle is perched on top of the rock, and to reach it you'll have to climb A LOT OF STEPS. But don't worry - it's worth it! Wheelchair access is available. Once you get there, you can wander around and admire the various viewing points from where you can take in stunning panoramas of the island.

If history is your thing, then Castello Aragonese has plenty to offer too. Its origins date back to 474 BC and it's been a major strategic point throughout its long history. So if you want to immerse yourself in Ischia’s past, this is definitely the place for you.

How to get there: From the port hop on the bus No 7.

How much it costs: Full ticket – EUR 12, FREE for children 0-9 years, EUR 6 for children 10- 18 years

How long do you need: 2.5 - 3 hours.

Naples to Ischia day trip

  • Explore the largest of the islands in the Gulf of Naples with this day trip to Ischia from Naples. Round-trip ferry ticket and 3-course lunch at a restaurant with wine or soft drinks are included. 


Stop by the Giardini Ravino

For those who are especially fond of gardens and outdoor landscaped spaces, Ischia is a paradise thanks to its famous gardens. Giardini Ravino is the most famous for its incredibly broad collection of cacti and succulents, a variety of rare plants and flowers, as well as peacocks and a little on-site café serving a famous cactus cocktail. A visit to Giardini Ravino will be an unforgettable experience, as you will get to admire the lush greenery and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding area.

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Take a dip in the Sorgeto Bay (Baia di Sorgeto)

Baia di Sorgeto is one of the most popular hot springs in Ischia, and it's easy to see why. The island's underground volcanic activity naturally heats a series of rock pools, creating a natural jacuzzi.

This natural cove with turquoise waters is absolutely stunning, and the views are simply breathtaking. And it’s FREE.

However, due to its wild nature full of rocks and pebbles, the bay may not be suitable for children and can be difficult to walk on. Walking 200+ steps in the heat can also be a challenge. If you decide to give it a try, drop by in the late afternoon and opt for the water taxi from Sorgeto, €5 per person. Also, don't forget to bring beach shoes or sandals, as the rocks can get hot and slippery.


Whether you're looking to relax or hoping to improve your health, a dip in the Sorgeto Bay is a must-do while in Ischia.


There are also a few restaurants and cafes located nearby, so you can grab a bite to eat after your swim.


Visit the thermal springs Poseidon Gardens

The Poseidon Gardens Park in Ischia is the largest thermal baths of the island. The park features a wellness center, a private and secluded beach, many different swimming pools and springs, each with its own unique benefits: over twenty thermal pools with temperatures ranging from 28° C to 40° C, three sea water pools, a steam grotto, and more. The stunning views of the surrounding landscape won’t disappoint either. Soaking in the hot springs is said to be good for your health, as the mineral-rich water is said to have healing benefits and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of disorders.

Spending a day at the Poseidon Gardens is a great way to relax and rejuvenate. So if you're looking for a unique and therapeutic experience, be sure to add this to your list of best things to do in Ischia.

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Hotels in Ischia Italy

Great value: Hotel Villa Fumerie check reviews here

B&B: Solo per Pochi check reviews here

Agriturismo: Agriturismo La Pergola check reviews here

Aparthotel: Casa Vacanze Parco Del Generale check reviews here

Naples to Ischia transfers

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