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Ischia Yacht Charters

The volcanic island of Ischia last erupted in AD 1301 but the only sign of subterranean activity these days is the hot springs, said to have healing powers, which proliferate around the island, many with modern spas alongside. The landscape is lush and semi-tropical, with some pine and chestnut forests. Colonised by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, Ischia was an important stopover on the trade route between Greece and Northern Italy.

Later taken over by the Spanish and briefly the French, Ischia was attacked by the English in 1806. With the Island’s landmark Castello Aragonese, which sits on a rocky islet just off the Ischia Ponte, reached by means of a stone bridge, suffering major bombardment.

The Museo delle Armi has a collection of implements of torture as well as some kinky bits and pieces. The gardens of La Mortella, which used to be the home of Sir William Walton and was modelled on the Alhambra, houses a collection of over one thousand rare plants and there are other thermal gardens at Poseidon near Forio. Ischia is the largest island in the Bay of Naples and attracts a stream of visitors to its beaches, particularly those on the north coast, in the summer months. Inland the hillside towns are more earthy and will reward walkers with some peace and quiet, while Sant’Angelo on the south coast remains relatively unscathed by tourism and presents a charming picture with its twisting narrow streets, picturesque harbour and good beach.

The breathtaking coastline of the island with its sheer cliffs and stunning beaches and the opportunity to visit the nearby Pontine island of Ventotene, which has national park status, holds much appeal for those on an Ischia Ventotene Yacht Charter. The restaurants of Ischia are famous for their rabbit dishes as well as their seafood and the island’s drink specialty is rucolino, a green liquorice-flavoured liqueur made from rocket leaves.

 

Mooring:

  • Porto d’Ischia is the main harbour on the island, the marina there has 200 berths. Go stern-to on the quay. 
  • Sant’Angelo is a scenic port that can get crowded in high season and there is a marina at Lacco Ameno.
  • There is a good anchorage off the beach of Cala di San Montano and others off the north and south sides of Castello d’Ischia. Dinghy dockage is generally available.

To Do:

  • Visit the spas
  • Check out the torture equipment at the Museo della Armi
  • Hire scooters or mountain bikes to explore the island

Facilities:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Provisions