Since Saturday I am back of one week travelling in Ischia. Here is my promised travel diary ( I hope you enjoy my pictures peeps :-* )
First Day – Arriving in Ischia:
Well I have to say that it was a very loooong journey from Tyrol to Ischia. First we had to drive from our home to Munich. We then went by plane to Naples. The flight time was about 1h25min and it was a really beautiful flight because we were flying about the Apennine Mountains. We then went from the Airport in Naples to Naples harbour, which was about 20min car drive again. Naples is really big, it is the third largest City of Italy and in the Naples area are living about 4 mio inhabitants. During our drive from the airplane to the harbour we got a short „insight“ of Naples. Honestly for us Austrians it is really strange to see so much dirt on the streets..it reminded us how lucky we are. From the harbour we then went with the boat to Ischia – Casamicciola, which is a village in Ischia (it took us another hour as we made a stop in Procida, which is also a small Island). The trip to Ischia we booked with TUI, and they organized our transportion from the aiport to our hotel in Lacco Ameno. So I think around 8.30pm we finally made it to our hotel – we were so tired 🙂 Luckely dinner was served until 10pm and we had some time to take a short shower..
Second Day – Enjoying our first „real“ Holiday
We went up early, had breakfast and then went with the hotel shuttle to Lacco Ameno, which is a very small village in Ischia with some nice Restaurants, bars and Souvenir Shops. We then decided to walk a bit, followed the street next to the sea and went to „Casamicciola„, where we stopped already the night before. On Sundays and Fridays there is always a market in Casamicciola. Like Lacco Ameno it is a very small village with some restaurants, bars and shops. We just enjoyed the sun there and tried to switch on the „holiday-mood“. It always takes some time to be able to relax and enjoy everything. But we got some very nice impressions from Ischia. People are very friendly, most of them speak German (though I always spoke Italian :). Driving in Ischia is just for Italians or crazy people – they definitely have their own way to „drive safe“ 🙂 haha AND you barely get stamps as they are always sold out at „tabacchi“-shop.
After our small morning walk we went back to our hotel, took our swimsuits and went to the pool. The hotel had several thermal pools. All about it I will tell you in a seperate post.
So we relaxed their, had lunch at the Pool Bar, read a good book and enjoyed the sunset.
Third Day – Ischia Porto / Ischia Ponte and Castello Aragonese
Went up early, had breakfast again and went with the Hotel shuttle to Lacco Ameno. Like the day before we had a walk to Lacco Ameno where we stopped for a coffee break. We then decided to walk to Ischia Porto (didn’t know before that it was such a looooong way)…
It was a bad idea: we walked in the hot „summer“ sun, but luckely a taxi driver stopped along and took us then to Ischia Porto to the shopping street „Via Roma“. In „Via Roma“ you will find some very good boutiques and there is also a big „piazza“ with two coffee bars. Make a stop at „Gran Caffe Vittoria“ they have the best ice cream and sweets ever!
After we went on foot to Ischia Porto, where you will find the famous „Castello Aragonese„. Wow, what a day. It was really so hot and the sky was cloudless. At Castello Aragonese you pay Euro 10,00 entrance per person. You will go with the elevator to the top of it. I really can recommend it to everybody to go there. It is such a nice place with so many beautiful views over the island Ischia. Then there is also a restaurant „il Monastero„, where we had lunch. I ordered Spaghetti al arrabiata (my favourite dish ever) and my boyfriend took the Spaghetti aglio olio. Both were really fantastic. We had a table outside with view to Capri. After our visit to Castello Aragnoese we explored a little bit Ischia Ponte – which is very different to Ischia Porto.
Fourth Day – Capri
On Tuesday we decided to visit Capri. I will tell you more about it on a seperate post I will public soon.
Fifth Day – Relax at the pools
As we were still very tired from our Capri trip the day before we decided to relax on Wednesday. We just went to Lacco Ameno for a drink and then we relaxed by the pools the whole day and also had lunch there. As it was not that sunny we also enjoyed the wellness indoor area of our hotel. I also finished the book „Morgen kommt ein neuer Himmel“ from Lori Nelson Spielman which I can recommend to everybody.
Sixth Day – Monte Epomeo
Well I finally convinced my boyfriend to make a hike to Ischia’s mountain „Monte Epomeo„, which is about 789m height above sea level. As the weather was cloudy and a bit rainy we decided to go with the taxi to the last point called „Fontana“. From this stop it is just about 15min walk to the Epomeo. The taxi driver was really nice. It takes about 20-30min from Lacco Ameno to Fontana and he made some stops at unique places of Ischia and gave us also helpful and worth knowing information about Ischia. We payed Euro 35,- for the taxi which we found alright.
The hiking way from Fontana to Monte Epomeo is quite steep but easy. You have very good views over the island. The weather then changed quickly and we decided to go back on foot to Forio. The signposting said that it will take another 2hours to Forio…well it took us 3 hours, because we had some problems with the markers. The paths are marked, but nowhere is written where the paths are going to. Honestly, we thought we will never find out of the forest. Haha 🙂 On the way we also passed a church – Ischia is famous for it as well. The way from the church to Forio was not so beautiful. Again we saw a lot of dirt on the streets… When we finally made it to Forio, the largest village of Ischia we had lunch at the centre.
Seventh Day – Again Ischia Porto
Because we loved it there we decided to walk again until Casamicciola and took a taxi to Ischia Porto. It was really busy that day. We decided to go along the „Via Roma“ again and shop a bit for our family members. At midday we then had lunch by the sea at Ischia Porto. It was soo delicious, the sun was shining, everything was just perfect and I already was a bit sad to leave to next day.
Summary – Worthknowing information
I have to say that 7 days are not enough to explore everything of the island, and next time I also want to visit some of the beaches there. The weather at the end of September was really good to explore the island and the villages of it, on only two evenings it rained. The temperatures were around 24 – 32,33 degrees, when the sun came out it was really hot! To go around in Ischia you can also buy a bus ticket of Euro 10,- for the whole island/ 1 week. We didn’t use this service because my boyfriend doesn’t like it when there are too many people in a small room/place. We have seen the busses and they were really crowded! Ischia offers lot of island and city tours: you can go to Procida, Capri, Amalfi & Positano, Pompei, ecc. Whats more: drinks are more expensive than we expected. A Spritz Aperol was about Euro 8,- , beer about Euro 5,- – ice cream Euro 2,- – 2,50.