Exploring archaeological finds and idyllic beaches
Overlooking the Ionian Sea on the east coast of Sicily, Giardini Naxos owes its name to the ancient Greek colony that was founded in the 8th century BC. Its archaeological site extends near to Cape Schisò. The iconic symbol of the area, which is twinned with the Cyclades island group, is the Naxos Gate, built in 2000, and the beautiful sphinx. Equally famous is the Nike, a sculpture inspired by ancient models that was created by Carmelo Mendola in 1965 in partnership with the Greek city of Chalkida Euboea.
Unmissable highlights include the Schisò Castle, a military fortification built in the Middle Ages, as well as the Mother Church of Santa Maria Raccomandata, the Church of Santa Maria Immacolata and the Church of San Pancrazio.
Its crystal-clear waters and expanses of sand make it a popular seaside destination among tourists. Recanati beach attracts families and young people thanks to its nightclubs. Equally beautiful are the beach of Schisò, with its golden sandy shore and flourishing vegetation, and the beach of Porticciolo Saia, which is characterised by small bays bordered by lava rocks. If you head further south, you will come across the Riviera dei Ciclopi coastal stretch.
Nearby, we recommend stopping at the beautiful Taormina, taking an excursion to Etna or swimming in the cool waters of the Alcantara Gorge, an impressive natural canyon 20 kilometres away.