Giardini Naxos holidays plate up plenty of pizzerias, la-di-da lidos and panoramic views of Sicily's number one attraction.

Knockout scenery

Look at a map of Sicily and you’ll find Giardini Naxos a thumbprint down the coast from the town of Taormina. This very spot was the site of the first Greek colony on the island. Even now, you can see what caught their eye. Moody Mount Etna makes for quite the backdrop, plus it still works an easy-going fishing village vibe.

Big and beautiful beach

There’s no mistaking it – this place is a seaside resort at heart. It’s got some of the best beaches this side of Sicily. The main one’s got some free space, plus a load of lidos have each cut themselves a slice of the sand-and-pebble pie. You’ll need to fork out a bit for entry, but it includes your sunbed, umbrella and easy access to restaurants. You can also get your frutti di mare fix along the prom just behind.

Culture close by

Wander around the ruins of Sicily’s first settlement at the town’s archaeological park. It’s got a teeny museum, where you can get a good look at artefacts dating back to 734 BC. Taormina’s next on most to-do lists, and only 20 minutes’ drive away. The hilltop town blends panoramic views with a bumper batch of cafés, shops and churches.

At a Glance

  • Walk out to Isola Bella at low tide for a stellar sea view
  • Get a closer look at Mount Etna on a tour
  • Scoff gelato along the waterfront prom