A popular seaside resort with a large stretch of beach and a long parade of bars, restaurants and pizzerias. Giardini Naxos is also known as being the oldest Greek settlement on the island, its origins dating back to 735 BC. The main town of Taormina is only a short drive away and can be easily accessed by the coastal road.
This beautiful and popular bay of white sand with some pebbly sections is the largest stretch of beach in the area. There’s a good range of facilities with sunloungers, parasols for hire, water sports, beach bars and restaurants.
Isola Bella Beach
The most famous of nearby Taormina’s beaches and one of the prettiest of coves, Isola Bella Beach is connected to the little island of the same name by a thin strip of sand. Offering panoramic views and crystal clear water, this very popular, pebbly beach is connected to the town by cable car (or some 300 steps) and has sunloungers and parasols for hire.
Aci Trezza is a little seaside town with a couple of small streets, and rocky islands/outcrops - you can hire a canoe or a pedalo to explore. In the summer months there are a few bars along the waterfront, and you can get breakfast, and also watch the sunset over the water in the evening. The car park is a bit on the small side, however there is a regular bus from Catania.
Taormina Film Fest - June
A six day festival of film screenings and press conferences held at the Greek Amphitheatre.
Seafood Festival – June & July
A celebration of seafood in Giardini Naxos with many fish themed feasts, all freshly caught.
Taormina Arte – July & August
A festival of live dance, theatre and opera set in the Teatro Greco.
Etnafest – July to December
A colourful arts festival with a varied program of rock, blues, reggae, jazz and classical music as well as puppet shows to Le Ciminiere convention centre in Catania.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Discover the exquisite coastline from the sea and enjoy the excellent conditions of the north east coast for various water sports.
Ruins at Naxos
Visit the ruins of Naxos, nestled on a hilltop just ten minutes’ walk from town, on the headland of Cape Schiso.
Corso Umberto in Taormina
Take an evening stroll along the medieval Corso Umberto, a pedestrianized avenue lined with exclusive designer boutiques, antique shops and luxury jewellers.
Greek Amphitheatre in Taormina
The Teatro Greco is Taormina’s leading attraction. Built in the 3rd century BC, this stunning Greek amphitheatre offers a picturesque setting with views across the Gulf of Naxos and a backdrop of Mount Etna. Each summer the theatre is used as a venue for an impressive schedule of events; from rock concerts to opera as well as an annual film festival.
Etna, which is the largest active volcano in Europe, erupts frequently and a tour up to the crater is a must for any tourist visiting the island.