Holidays to Giardini Naxos take you to a charmingly versatile resort in the shadow of Mount Etna. The nightlife is medium-paced, there are plenty of beach options, and the seafront lidos are great for kids.
Pretty as a picture
On the east side of Sicily, 5 kilometres south of the Medieval town of Taormina, the jagged edges of volcanic rock give way to Giardini Naxos. This star of the shoreline has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a thriving resort that still draws on its laid-back charm. And location wise it couldn’t be better – the place sits in a picturesque bay overlooked by Mount Etna.
Sand and lidos
At Giardini Naxos, the main beach is a sand and pebble number. It’s divvied up into 2 parts. There’s a free area where you hire sunbeds, umbrellas and pedalos, and then there’s a lido area that you pay to use. There’s also a third option. This is a man-made beach, in the Recanati area of town, where you’ve got a raft of watersports at your disposal.
A resort of 4 parts
Giardini Naxos actually comes in 4 different pieces. The old town is where you’ll find the shops and boutiques, the harbour is the place to go for coffee and seafood restaurants, and the prom is the spot for night-time bars. And then there’s Recanati – this area comes with a kid’s funfair and open-air discos.
A 20-minute drive gets you to Mount Etna – Europe’s biggest active volcano. Marked footpaths take you to the summit where you can wander around the barren craters. Another option is a trip to Taormina, which is just 10 minutes from the resort. Here you’ve got a huge Greek ampthitheatre and boutique shops.