Capri & Ischia holiday highlights

Capri
Spend swanky nights in Capri’s glamorous Piazzetta, in candlelit Michelin star restaurants or watching the sun set at Punta Carena lighthouse for those mesmerising views. By day visit the legendary Blue Grotto for a raft ride through sapphire blue waters, head to the Garden of Augustus for a great vantage point of the island’s distinctive Faraglioni sea stacks and hop, skip and jump (or just walk) the Phoenician Steps from Capri town to Anacapri. Once there it’s all about the chairlift up to Monte Solaro for sweeping island views. Search out chic boutiques that will whip you up a tailored pair of Capri pants in a day or hand design you leather sandals, Jackie Onassis style, shop swish on via Camerelle and don’t forget to visit those famous gelaterias. Cruise the stunning coastline by boat or yacht, hike the remarkable Via Krupp and dive into beautiful deep blue seas.

Ischia
There’s the beautiful 8th-18th-Century ruins of Castello Aragonese in the old town, the lively seaside piazzetta at the heart of Ischia’s social hub and the picturesque pastel coloured fishing village of Sant’Angelo on the south coast, filled with boutiques and restaurants. Come as the sun sets and you’re rewarded with stunning views as all the lights start to turn on in the pretty houses along the sea. Head to the west coast for the best beaches, Ischia Porto for the glittering nightlife and Corso Vittoria Colonna for the designer shops. Hike up to lush Mount Epomeo – the island’s highest point – for panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, spend a day at the famous La Fontelina lido and go down to the bubbling hot springs of Sorgeto, one of the biggest attractions in Ischia. The island is known as the 'Capital of European Spa' as it boasts over 300 spas. The nearby island of Procida is  a short hydrofoil or ferry ride from Ischia and relatively undiscovered by international tourists. This small, picturesque island offers an authentic experience and made the perfect setting for those stunning Mediterranean vistas in The Talented Mr Ripley.

Where is Capri & Ischia
Capri and Ischia are tiny islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, just across from the Amalfi Coast, in the Gulf of Naples.

Getting around
Making your way around the tiny island of Capri is best done by foot or funicular, making the most of the scenic landscape. To reach the centre of Capri the funicular takes you on a pretty journey uphill to the Piazzetta. Open top taxis and buses (which are more like minibuses due to the narrow the roads) are also available. Good to remember that the buses can only carry about 10 passengers and lining up can get busy. In Ischia bus and foot are again the most convenient ways to get around, and water taxis are a thrilling mode of transport to some of the island’s best spots.

Shopping
Expect to find gold kaftans, bespoke handmade leather shoes, those famous made-to-measure Capri pants and exceptionally pretty jewellery. The islands’ buzz with high-end brands at Via Camerelle in Capri and Corso Vittoria Colonna in Ischia, frequented by the beautiful and the damned that moor their yachts here to come and shop under the sun. Look out for hand painted ceramics, delicate lace and embroidery and limoncello. 

Food & drink
In Capri and Ischia, restaurants sit in pretty lemon groves, on the edge of a cliff or surrounding the ruins of Greek walls. There are perfect sunset spots for cocktails and views, and lots of pretty cafes dotted in and out a maze of cobblestoned streets. Famous dishes to try in Capri are raviolo capresi and pezzogna (red seabream). Up in the hills of Ischia, rabbit is a specialty, always cooked in a terracotta baking pan, and we reccommend trying the island’s local white wines produced from Biancollela with a grape exclusively found on Ischia.

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Capri & Ischia key facts

Time difference

GMT +1 hour

Currency

Euro

Flying time to destination

Naples 2¾ hours and then 1½ hours by road and ferry transfer

Language

Italian