All the classic Italian pastimes line up on holidays to Giardini Naxos, from sunbathing to waterfront dining and designer shopping.
On the east side of Sicily, five kilometres south of the Medieval town of Taormina, the jagged edges of rock give way to Giardini Naxos. The town has grown from a sleepy fishing village into a busy resort, thanks to a spectacular location, in a sweeping bay overlooked by Mount Etna.
Days at the beach
Giardini Naxos’ main beach is made up of sand and pebble, and split into two. There’s a free area where you hire sunbeds, umbrellas and pedalos, and then there’s a lido area you can pay to use. Alternatively, head for the man-made beach in the Recanati area of town. This purpose-built sandy stretch is fringed by all manner of watersports.
The town’s make-up
Giardini Naxos has four main areas. The old town is where you’ll find treasure trove antique shops and designer boutiques, the harbour is the place to go for cafés and seafood restaurants, and the promenade is where all the night-time bars huddle. Then there’s the Recanati neighbourhood, which comes with a funfair for little ones and a string of open-air discos.