Ischia Honey Island
Ischia is famous not only as the largest island of the Gulf of Naples with the healing properties of hot springs and chic spa-relaxation, but also as a favorite place for newlyweds. The concentration of newly made love in the air was measured by the newspaper Neva info.
“Honey Island” – as the local Italians call Ischia among themselves. No, it’s not at all that the island is a favorite place of bees. Just Ischia is a favorite place for newlyweds who come here for their honeymoon. As one Italian said at the Paris Hotel is a good place, but there is no sea there. We did not argue, because after a couple of days we realized that this emerald island for tourists is really like flower pollen for bees: it attracts, attracts and reaches its peak by summer.
Not only the newlyweds come to Ischia, but also those who are just about to get married. This is due to the fact that despite the standard set of documents, the government of Ischia is quite loyal to the registration of marriages and you will not have to run around with documents for a long time.
“Honey Island” also justifies its name because pollen with honey can be used in the treatment of a number of serious diseases, and the thermal waters on Ischia have therapeutic power: increase blood circulation, increase immunity, treat rheumatic and respiratory diseases. And in general, if there was a spa paradise on earth, it would be on Ischia. Healing mud can rejuvenate, relieve stress and accumulated fatigue without any medications and procedures. And if the traditional treatment requires endurance and patience, then in the case of Ischia – all you need is to lie in the mud about two years old. At one time, even Elizabeth Taylor and Clark Gable did not disdain such an occupation.
In the largest city of the island, Forio, there are unique hot springs – fumarole, which hit directly into the sea. Hot water rising from the seabed reaches a temperature of 90 ° C. Travelers enjoy having fun boiling eggs in the hot sea foam and a typical English breakfast with a cup of coffee right on the beach. In the Forio area is the famous thermal park “Gardens of Poseidon” (Giardini Poseidon), in the world it is even called the eighth wonder of the world. Surprisingly, no medication is used in the treatment here, only natural gifts and medicinal plants. At the same time, the effectiveness of recovery for many centuries remains at a consistently high level.
If this is your first time on the island, feel free to go on a boat trip. You set sail from Ischia Porto and sail past Forio, Sant’Angelo and Casamicciola. Tickets can be bought directly at the port. You can spend all day on Sant’Angelo, so it’s better to take a car, a boat or take a bus. This is probably the most romantic city in all of Ischia. Old fishing houses, a small square, cozy taverns and the complete absence of cars and motorbikes (there is an official ban on driving any mechanical vehicles) create a calming atmosphere in Sant’Angelo.
In addition to hot springs, Forio goes for music, dancing and delicious cocktails. The right bank area (The Rive Droite) comes to life just in time for sunset, when the lights turn on and everyone slowly moves from bar to bar.
Casamicciola has its own port, where pirate ships moored and rumored to dig their treasures in caves on the coast. Here is also located the popular thermal park “Castilene Gardens”.
In the smallest resort town of Lacco Ameno (Lacco Ameno) there is one amazing place – the tufa rock mushroom Fungo. This peculiar symbol of Ischia is a work of nature itself and, of course, the background for many photographs of the newlyweds. During the eruption of the volcano several centuries ago, a piece of rock fell into the sea, near the port of Lacco Ameno. The rock gradually took the form of a mushroom and became a symbol of the city, as well as the subject of many romantic legends.
There are few beaches in Ischia, its volcanic nature is associated with this, but a huge number of natural hot springs and thermal parks more than cover this small drawback of Ischia. Each hotel in Ischia necessarily has its own thermal pool. Sandy beaches alternate with stone cliffs throughout the 37-kilometer coastline. On the golden sand Ischia bask in the town of Chitara (Spiaggia Citara), near Forio; on the beach of Maronti (Spiaggia dei Maronti) with outdoor pools, hollowed directly into the rock; on Mandra (Spiaggia Mandra) and Pescatori (Spiaggia dei Pescatori) between Ischia Ponte and Ischia Porto. Not so big, but much less crowded, the Inglesi beach (Spiaggia degli Inglesi) is a good place for a romantic picnic under the starry sky.
Ischia is not as crowded with tourists as the neighboring island of Capri and is more accessible, and in every sense. Most tourists who come here all the time appreciate Ischia for the diversity with which island holidays are rarely distinguished. A rich walking and hiking program in Ischia easily passes into evening spa-procedures, and after that – into a night picnic on the seashore.