Ischia was so much bigger and busier than I was expecting- and to be honest most of the island was not the type of destination I would return to. However, one thing on the island made our stay all worth it. Exploring the medieval Aragonese Castle and swimming in the amazingly clear water beneath it was possibly my favorite experience of the whole Amalfi Coast trip.
This impossibly picturesque castle is perched on a small rocky volcanic islet just off the coast of Ischia and is accessible by a stone causeway. The original castle dates back to 474 BC and during it’s peak housed 2,000 families. The island also includes vineyards, farming areas, houses, churches and other buildings. While much of the castle was destroyed by British shelling in the 19th century, it is still a beautiful and impressive place to visit.
After exploring the castle, there’s no better way to end a perfect day than swimming in the crystal clear water at the base of the castle, followed by an Aperol Spritz and seafood dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. You’ll never want to leave.
For more information on how to get to Ischia and practicalities on visiting the castle, see this post.