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Giardini Naxos
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Giardini Naxos which includes a coastal town and a beach as well as a large group of people

Ancient Greek history combined with beautiful beaches and a relaxed coastal vibe make this town on Sicily’s eastern coast a fascinating vacation destination.

Giardini Naxos is a picturesque coastal resort town with an ancient heritage and a lively promenade full of restaurants, bars and boutiques. Relax on a sandy expanse, go on a diving or snorkeling expedition and browse works of art that are more than 2,000 years old.

Up until the 1970s, Giardini Naxos was a sleepy fishing village. Today, it is a hugely popular vacation spot where the undoubted star attractions are the beaches. Rent a sunbed and umbrella then cruise through the water on a paddle boat. Venture under the waves on a snorkeling or diving trip, booked with one of the local diving schools.

Take some time away from the beach to explore the fascinating history of Giardini Naxos. The area was the site of the first Greek colony in Sicily, founded during the eighth century BC.

Learn about these ancient origins at the Naxos Archeological Museum. Examine pottery artifacts, terracotta figurines and objects excavated from sacred sites. The museum's collections also include prehistoric relics and shipwreck items. For more history, drive to the town of Taormina, about 10 minutes away. There you can tour the ruins of an ancient Greek amphitheater.

When you are back in Giardini Naxos, enjoy the Mediterranean custom of an early evening promenade. Walk along the seafront and select your pizzeria or restaurant for your evening meal. Night owls can choose from a number of clubs and cocktail lounges. You can also do a spot of late-night shopping, because many of the stores have extended hours.

A great time to be in Giardini Naxos is on August 15 for Ferragosto, an Italian public holiday. Party on the beach and go for a midnight swim while fireworks illuminate the night sky.

To get to the resort town, fly into Catania Airport and drive, catch a bus or take a taxi to cover the remaining 35 miles (56 kilometers). Once in the town, you can easily get to the beaches, bars, restaurants and historical attractions on foot. If you want to travel further afield take taxis or rent a car.

Hotel Caesar Palace
Hotel Caesar Palace
4 out of 5
Via Consolare Valeria, S/N, Giardini Naxos, Sicily
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This family-friendly Giardini Naxos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast and Giardini Naxos Beach. Recanati Beach and Spiaggia dei Greci are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (265 reviews)
Excellent
"Very good location, very good breakfast, spacious parking place, excellent wifi."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Hotel Caesar Palace
UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia
UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia
4 out of 5
Via Recanati 26, Giardini Naxos, ME
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The price is £89 per night from 11 May to 12 May
Located in Giardini Naxos, this beachfront hotel is in a provincial park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast and Giardini Naxos Beach. Recanati Beach and ...
3.9/5Good! (179 reviews)
"The staff at the hotel were very friendly. Especially the breakfast staff, reception and kids club team. The hotel had good Covid regulations in place including temperature checks on entry and in reception, sanitiser everywhere, use of face masks, markings and everywhere was kept very clean eg between ..."

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

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RG Naxos Hotel
RG Naxos Hotel
4 out of 5
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Nestled on the beach, this Giardini Naxos hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano, Church of San Domenico and Baroque Fountain. Lido ...
4/5Very Good! (455 reviews)
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"Outdated, never a 5- Star standard. Shared balcony but only one light, safe not operational, minibar non existent, some logjts didnt work."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

RG Naxos Hotel
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Vista Mare Apartments
Vista Mare Apartments
via vittorio emanuele 278, Giardini Naxos, Provincia di Messina
The price is £47 per night from 7 May to 8 May
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast and Giardini Naxos Beach. Greek Theatre is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Alcantara ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"Very nice apartment although with very small kitchen and very noisy environment - there is a church which is playing bells in 8 at morning, there is a train and frequent road, so quiet breakfasts or lunch or whatever on balcony is not so much possible. Kitchen is quite hard to use, but for two it's ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

Vista Mare Apartments
Villa Triscele 10 Sleeps, Villa With Private Pool at Exclusive Use!
Villa Triscele 10 Sleeps, Villa With Private Pool at Exclusive Use!
Via Fontana Serro, Giardini Naxos, Sicily
Situated on the waterfront, this historic villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Taormina Coast and Giardini Naxos Beach. Greek Theatre is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Alcantara ...
Villa Triscele 10 Sleeps, Villa With Private Pool at Exclusive Use!
Come In Sicily - Naxos Bay
Come In Sicily - Naxos Bay
Via Vulcano 9, Condominium Rosal, Giardini Naxos, ME
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taormina Coast and Giardini Naxos Beach. Greek Theatre is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away. Alcantara ...
3.2/5 (6 reviews)
Wouldn't go again!
"Hard really to remember any positives!! Expedia class this place as a hotel but it was just a bed sit! As you come into the apartment there is a gas hob, sink and fridge. Gas hob had a cable which wasn't wired in so burnt the hairs off my knuckles every time I lit the hob to make a coffee with the ..."

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2015

Come In Sicily - Naxos Bay
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Reviews of Giardini Naxos

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5/5 - Excellent

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29 Oct 2019

We loved the villa and the owner, Paola, could not have been more helpful. Ideal location for visiting Taormina, Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna.

4/5 - Good

Jeangenie

1 Oct 2019

Nice for a week's break with plenty of history. Don't miss Agrigento & the wonderfully preserved mosaics at the roman villa near Armerina.

2/5 - Disappointing

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13 Sep 2019

Typical Med local resort.

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Jul 2019

Close to Taormina- can get a bus there -approx 20 mins.

3/5 - Okay

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16 Jul 2019

Great as a base to go to Taormiba and Castermola... but Giardini Naxos roo much of a noisy brach resort for us

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