Holidaymakers looking to find a mixture of panoramic views and historic architecture all within a coastal location will love Giardini Naxos. Located on the north east coast of Sicily, this picturesque resort offers a fantastic holiday for families and couples. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, B&Bs and farms.
Giardini Naxos has two beaches; Recanati Beach and one at Lungomare, where holidaymakers can relax, sunbathe and take a dip in the sea. There are various activities for children in the resort including a mini funfair with trampolines and mini-golf. There are also lots of video-game arcades on the promenade. There are two tennis clubs here with courts for hire, whilst on the water visitors can try the hydro-slide, para-gliding, windsurfing, water scooters, water-skiing and scuba diving.
The Naxos seafront promenade is pedestrianised from 2pm to 2am in high season and is lined with shops, bars and restaurants. The old town also features boutiques, shoe shops, souvenir bazaars, perfume, gift shops and a small supermarket. There is a weekly local market where visitors can buy clothes, bags, shoes, fruit and vegetables. The resort has many open-air bars and late night discos for the young at heart self catering holidaymaker.
A trip to Mount Etna is highly recommended with numerous coach tours operating here and jeeps taking visitors to the sulphuric peak. Alcantara gorge was formed as a result of an Etna eruption and visitors will see the impressive layers of basalt rock by climbing down the gorge.
Giardni Naxos was the first part of the island reached by the Greeks and there are many archaeological finds in the area as well as a museum on the harbour. Daily excursions can be taken to the historic town of Syracuse, which has largest Greek theatre and archaeological park, Ortigia cathedral as well as Papyrus fountain and institute.
The warmest and driest time of the year to visit Giardini Naxos is generally July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 26 to 27 degrees centigrade. June and September are also warm months but September is much more susceptible to wet weather. October and November are the wettest months with an average of 95 to 98mm of rain per month.
The nearest airport is Filippo Eredia in Catania, which is approximately 58 kilometres from Giardini Naxos and has flights to and from the main Italian cities as well as European destinations. Airlines flying here are Air Berlin, Air France, Air Malta, Air One, Air Panarea Helicopters, Alitalia, Alpieagles, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Eurofly, TUIfly.com, Helvetic.com, Jetairfly.com, KLM/NWA, LTU, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Myair.com, Virgin Express, Volareweb.com and Wind Jet.
The railway at Taormina-Giardini is about two kilometres from town and runs services to and from various destinations on the island including Messina and Catania. The town is also crossed by highway 114 connecting Siracusa to Messina.