A narrow coastal band of development rings the thickly forested and mainly vertiginous slopes of the island’s heartland. This is not a place of verdant open meadows and rambling walks. The exception to the rule is the handful of trails that lead to the rocky summit of Monte Epomeo.

Ischia’s Best Beaches

Spiaggia dei Maronti Long, sandy and very popular; the sand here is warmed by natural steam geysers. Reach the beach by bus from Barano, by water taxi from Sant’Angelo (€3 one way) or on foot along the path leading east from Sant’Angelo.

Baia di San Montano Due west of Lacco Ameno, this gorgeous bay is the place for warm, shallow, crystal-clear waters. You’ll also find the Negombo spa park here. Take the bus to Lacco Ameno and walk the last 500m.

Baia di Sorgeto Not a beach as such, but an intimate cove complete with bubbling thermal spring. Perfect for a winter dip. Catch a water taxi from Sant’Angelo (€5 one way) or get here on foot from the town of Panza.

Spiaggia dei Pescatori Wedged between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte is the island’s most down-to-earth and popular seaside strip; it's perfect for families. It's accessible by the island's main bus line.

Punta Caruso Located on Ischia’s northwestern tip, this secluded rocky spot is perfect for a swim in clear, deep water. To get here, follow the walking path that leads off Via Guardiola down to the beach. Not suitable for children or when seas are rough.