Giardini Naxos is one of the most popular summer destinations in Sicily among foreign tourists due to its proximity to Taormina and sandy beaches. It is usually considered as the southern suburb of Taormina area (while Letojanni is about the same distance but to the north).
Giardini Naxos boasts a marvelous coast with fantastic views on the bay, Taormina and Castelmola on the top of the hill. It has become quite expensive lately though initially it developed as an economic option to stay around Taormina. The centre of Giardini Naxos (especially the ‘Naxos’ part of the coast with Lido Naxos as a reference point) is bustling in summer, it attracts plenty of tourists every year.
Nevertheless one should be double careful about choosing summer accommodation in Giardini as the quality of most of the buildings is rather low in the main tourist areas as result of cheaper constructions around the peak years (end of 70s- 80s), the prices are really high even for tiny and basic options, parking is close to impossible around the clock and the amount of bars, discos and restaurants all along the promenade road makes it difficult to enjoy a good sleep. All this said, apart from being very close to Taormina another good point for a family with kids is that Lido Naxos is the only part all along this side of the coast with sand.
Generally we advise families and groups of friends, especially those traveling with a car and those not going to party every night, to choose lodging outside of the main promenade road and the very centre of Giardini Naxos, but booking lodging just a bit out of the main crowd will save you a few pounds and may become much better value away from the town’s summer noise.
Recanati, Calcarone and Chianchitta are residential parts of Giardini Naxos. Recananti and Calcarone are both located within a short walk from Lido Naxos (8 minutes walk along the archeological site of Naxos for Recanati and even less for Calcarone, but further away from the sea). It has all the comfort and the variety of dining options, easier parking and better quality constructions. Of course, the sea is the same but the beaches are wider with more space for everyone.
The reference point for the centre of Recanati is Hilton Giardini Naxos hotel. Recanati beach is a pebble beach with a comfortable entrance to the sea. It is still just a short walking distance from the centre of Giardini and its sandy beach.
There are a few discos and clubs in Giardini Naxos and Recanati, and one will not be disappointed looking for clubbing in summer. Recently the most popular disco option in Giardini Naxos has been Marabu. Neighbouring Taormina is famous for classy going out options. The trends favour La Giara, Setimpo and Panasia that have all chances to remain popular also in summer 2017.
- Naxos archeological site
- Forza d’Agro
- Gole Alcantara
Sports and Activities
You can enjoy the sea in all its manifestations in Giardini Naxos. Kayaking is especially common here with a few local very active sport associations practicing daily and winning all-Italy competitions. Check with them for kayak rent and/or private lessons