Just below the famous mountainside resort of Taormina lies the seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Located on the eastern coast of Sicily, Giardini Naxos boasts stunning views of both the sea and mountains, particularly of Taormina and the Sicilian Hills and it is an absolutely stunning, picturesque small town to spend a holiday.
So, where does one stay to ensure they get the best views and easy access to the best sights? We’re here to show you with these 8 places we recommend!
A very popular hotel for tourists, Hotel Orpheus is a gorgeous hotel, set right on a cliff of volcanic rock. It takes a little while to get down to the beach, but is also very close to the town centre. Plus, being on a cliff gives it a definite vantage point in terms of views of Taormina Bay, the sea and Mount Etna. At Orpheus, guests can enjoy a tasty breakfast of fresh and delicious local produce, with freshly prepared eggs, accompanied by homemade cakes, cold cuts and Sicilian cheese, served on the terrace overlooking the sea, for a truly picturesque start to the day.
All rooms here have glorious sea views and come with a desk, fridge and a private bathroom with shower, and also come equipped with air conditioning, or at least a fan. One can also find a small bay here, nestled between two cliffs, for guests to head down to, and it is equipped with beach chairs and parasols. It’s easy to get to the Orpheus, since it’s located right opposite the bus terminal, with links to Taormina, Mount Etna, Siracusa and Agrigento.
Address: Via Calcide Eubea 3, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Italy (see map)
Price: from 146 USD
Just a minute from the beach and a short walk to Taormina-Naxos Station, Hotel San Giovani has everything you need for a simple and easy stay in Giardini Naxos, with free WiFi and modern rooms with flat-screen TVs. With contemporary furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, rooms at the San Giovanni are all air-conditioned and each come with a fridge and private bathroom. Many of the rooms also have a private balcony, for gazing longingly out at the ocean. Breakfast is served daily, and it’s easy to get to Taormina, with a bus stop right outside the hotel.
Hotel San Giovanni
Address: Via Umberto 523, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Italy (see map)
Price: from 179 USD
Hotel Caesar Palace is a modern and unique hotel, strategically located only a short walk away from the beach, or for the less inclined to walk, a free shuttle bus provided by the hotel. The hotel is also located within easy reach of tourist attractions, such as the cities of Taormina, Catania and Messina, and Giardini Naxos’ famous ancient archaeological sites.
There’s plenty of entertainment within the hotel, too - the hotel employs professional entertainment staff from July to September, to organize activities and events for all ages, and the peckish can enjoy the hotel’s on-site restaurant, with buffet service, a grill and pizzeria by the swimming pool (only open in summertime), as well as an a la carte gourmet restaurant, with tasty Italian food.
Hotel Caesar Palace
Address: Via Consolare Valeria, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Italy (see map)
Price: from 142 USD
The Hilton, of course, is a reliable chain of hotels, and the one in Giardini Naxos is no different. A luxurious hotel, it features tropical gardens, a spa, and an outdoor pool, overlooking the sea and Mount Etna. All of the rooms are spacious and luxurious, and each one has an elegant design and a private balcony with the best views. The health inclined will be pleased to know about the free gym, open 24-hours a day.
All rooms are air-conditioned and feature tea and coffee-making facilities, a minibar and a flat-screen TV, with satellite and pay-per-view channels. Bathrooms come with amenities such as slippers, toiletries and a hairdryer. Over at the lobby bar, guests can get homemade Sicilian pastries, while over at the beach bar, guests can sip on cocktails and sup on snacks, throughout the day. Spa treatments are also available at the wellness centre, and the Hilton also owns two private beaches nearby, which guests can visit.
Hilton Giardini Naxos
Address: Viale Jannuzzo 47, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Italy (see map)
Price: from 251 USD
The John Sea Suite is close to the beach, at just a three-minute walk away! With a great host, free wifi and free parking, there’s nothing to worry about here in this self-catered apartment. You can cook anything you want in the fully equipped kitchen, and it features lovely views of the garden, alongside a spacious terrace, with a gazebo and a BBQ for those memorable summer nights out.
John Sea suite
Address: Via Larunchi 9, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Italy (see map)
Price: from 109 USD
Alessandro’s Airbnb is a lovely, cozy apartment, with two units perfect for a couple or small family visiting Giardini Naxos. There’s a nice private balcony and a shared garden, with private, easy access to the sea. A charming seaside house, located on a quiet street smack in front of the sea, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the main beach and the town centre, making it a perfect home base.
Alessandro is also a host willing to help guests with anything they’d like during their stay, with recommendations on restaurants, beaches, and things to do on and around the island.
Waterfront house with garden
Price: from 85 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Casa Maja is located a few steps from the beach and is perfect for those who intend to become one with nature and find inner peace and harmony, again. A picturesque location, the apartment is perfectly located beside the sea and offers a clean, tidy space, with a fully equipped home, great for beach lovers.
From here, it’s easy to get to Taormina, the Alcantara River Park, and Mount Etna natural park and host Miriam is more than happy to give recommendations to guests.
Casa Maja with sea view on Taormina Coast
Price: from 45 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Just a minute’s walk from one of the sandiest, nicest beaches in Giardini Naxos, Hotel Vila Mora may be small but absolutely endearing in the way it’s run. A family-run hotel, the entire place and rooms are furnished with charming Sicilian antiques, and the classic-style rooms all have wrought-iron beds. And yet the rooms have all the necessary modern amenities, as they all offer air conditioning, a satellite TV and private bathroom. The hotel is easy to get to, as well, with a bus stop just steps away, that allows visitors to get to both the mountainside resort of Taormina and Catania Fontanarossa Airport.
Hotel Villa Mora
Address: Lungomare Naxos 47, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Italy (see map)
Price: from 118 USD
The beach, nature and more...
You can’t explore the beach, go on nature walks and not have a comfy home to return to. But no worries, there’s plenty of accommodation just a stone’s throw away from the best sites. Who knows, you might like your stay so much, you won’t even want to step out for a moment! Allow yourself to relax, and never worry about having a place to come back to, after a long day of holidaying on Giardini Naxos, with these recommendations.
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