Giardini Naxos: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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If what you are looking for is a blue sea, good food and a thousand-year history, Giardini Naxos is a destination that must absolutely be taken into consideration when deciding the destination for a weekend, perhaps a long one. First Greek colony in Sicily, an ally of Athens during the Peloponnesian War, was razed to the ground in 413 BC to favor the birth of Taormina.

It has an important archaeological area and a beautiful attached museum that recall a cultural tourism, a sea that impresses with the beauty of the colors and the beach for those looking for Relax for the whole family and clubs for young people who want to have fun and stay up late at night. All categories of travelers will find what they are looking for here


  1. 10 things to see in Giardini Naxos in a weekend
  2. What to see in Giardini Naxos in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Giardini Naxos: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Giardini Naxos
  5. Plan your stay in Giardini Naxos: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Giardini Naxos in a weekend

1 - Santa Maria della Registerata

Its name derives from the habit of sailors and fishermen to entrust their souls to the Madonna before starting a journey, asking for protection. The church, from 1719, has a portal of fine workmanship and inside a wooden statue of the Madonna, a marble baptismal font from 1700 and an altarpiece from 1573. From here the procession also starts during the "Festa di Santa Maria Recommended "in September, to celebrate the patron saint of the city.

  • it is located on Corso Umberto I, the parallel of the Regina Margherita promenade, in the center. From the train station it takes about 7 minutes by bus. From the town you can reach it by taking Corso Umberto I northwards in three minutes on foot. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Castle of Schisò

Il Castle it stands on a relief called in dialect "schisò" where once intense commercial activities were carried out. The structure, late medieval, had the strategic function of supporting the negotiations and protection of goods. Over time the uses changed as well as the style, which passed from Norman to Baroque until it became the noble palace which is today.

  • close to the Archaeological Park of Naxos, easily reachable in via Schisò, about five minutes walk from the port. Get directions
  • not accessible

3 - Altar of Apollo & Archaeological Museum

It was the starting point of the ambassadors of the Greek cities of Sicily headed to the motherland and Theocles raised it in honor of Apollo Archegete. It became the religious reference point for those who resided on the island, but also for the delegates who, before going to Greece, stopped here to make propitiatory sacrifices on the altar of Apollo. The altar is inserted in the archaeological park and can be visited together with the rich museum located in the area.

  • on via Schisò, with the entrance just before the port. You arrive from the center in a few minutes on foot. Get directions
  • from 9:00 to 19:00 every day
  • full € 4,00 - reduced € 2,00

4 - Saja marina

Characteristic beach due to the bays that follow one another and the lava rocks that come out of the water. Beautiful backdrops and the gently sloping beach makes it suitable for children as well. There are services and bars but there is also a stretch of free beach.

  • easily accessible on foot or by bus from the town center. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

5 - Church of San Pancrazio

Pancrazio was a native of a city in Syria and came here to Giardini Naxos, in 40 AD, to spread the Christian faith. The church dedicated to him is modern in style, large and bright with beautiful low reliefs and marble statues. If you walk in the center, it deserves a stop to learn more about the history of the spread of Christianity on this island.

  • in via Pietragioliti, on the homonymous square and facing the sea. Reachable in a few minutes on foot from all over the country. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Port of Naxos

It was erected in 2000 on the occasion of twinning with the Greek islands of the Cyclades and it represents the entrance door to the city and the symbol of the opening towards exchange between peoples. Located in front of the Nike statue, in Capo Schisò, its position also offers a beautiful view.

  • in the extreme tip of Capo Schisò, it is reached after a short walk from the historic center. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Statue of Nike

It was commissioned and built in 1965 to commemorate the twinning with the Greek city of Chalcis. This sculpture is inspired by the most famous Nike of Samothrace and is turned with the gaze towards the sea to emphasize the deep relationship with the founders of the city. An identical copy is also present in Chalcis.

  • in the extreme tip of Capo Schisò, it is reached after a short walk from the historic center. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Recanati beach

A favorite with tourists, but never too crowded, this beach offers establishments and all the services. Suitable for families with children, it has a gravelly beach and shallow waters, with crystal clear waters and a landscape that becomes truly suggestive.

  • south of the promontory of Schisò, you can arrive by bus from the town center in about 10 minutes. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Schisò beach

Another splendid beach of Giardini Naxos, very targeted by tourists, especially in the high season. It is framed by lush vegetation that contrasts the blue of the sea, The coast is of fine golden sand and there are services, bars and restaurants, but also stretches of free beach.

  • located just before the tourist port, it can be easily reached on foot from the town center. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Taormina

If the available days allow it, Taormina deserves at least a half day visit. Only 9 km away from Giardini Naxos, it offers tourists a medieval heart full of beautiful buildings, churches and squares. Do not miss the famous Hellenistic Theater of the III BC. and the inevitable walk on Corso Umberto I, where the beautiful boutiques are on display. For a swim in the sea, you can take the cable car to Mazzarò beach.

  • by car or bus you arrive in about 20 minutes from Giardini Naxos heading north along the SS114 Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Taormina, Savoca and Castelmola: guided transfers

What to see in Giardini Naxos in one day: recommended itinerary

A nice long weekend a Giardini Naxos will be able to restore anyone who needs it, thanks to the many activities that can be done in the area. Obviously, the splendid waters of the sea are the main attraction of this village and, as soon as you arrive, the dip in the water Schisò beach is required. After spending a couple of hours relaxing, you can start visit the archaeological area. From the beach go up towards the castle, and then continue towards the Nike, the Altar of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum.

After lunch, in the early afternoon, you can stroll through the shops of the streets of the center up to the tourist port, where in the summer, gastronomic events and acrobats cheer the passage of time. A visit to Taormina in the evening, it can be a good diversion if you don't want to go back to the beach and prefer an ice cream or an aperitif in the square.
For dinner, Giardini Naxos offers the possibility to choose any type of cuisine, but obviously the fish is king here. Many famous restaurants where to book and bars where end the evening with music and DJ sets. For the youngest, the fun can continue in one of the many discos, until late at night.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Caffè Cavallaro, a nice place that offers the typical Sicilian pastry (Get directions)
  2. Schisò beach - always accessible - free
  3. Archaeological Area - opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: full € 4,00 reduced € 2,00
  4. Lunch at the A Putia restaurant, in Via Umberto I, for an excellent first course of fish (Get directions)
  5. Giardini Naxos seafront, always accessible - to stroll among shops and stalls.
  6. Tourist port - always accessible - local events are occasionally held
  7. Relax on the beach or visit nearby Taormina (about 10 km - Get directions)
  8. Dinner at the Spizzicanno restaurant, also here for very fresh fish and Sicilian friendliness. The desserts are also excellent. (Get directions)

Where to eat in Giardini Naxos: the best restaurants

  • In Putia: historic restaurant offering fresh fish and a good wine list. Friendly and friendly service.
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: via Umberto I, 456 Get directions tel: (0039) 094252755
  • Spizzicanno: trattoria-pizzeria in the center, with a simple proposal linked to the territory. Famous for its seafood risotto.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via Consolare Valeria, 16 Get directions tel: (0039) 094252167
  • The fish store: Spartan restaurant, with tables also outside and the possibility of ordering takeaway. Excellent oysters and fried.
    Average price per person: € 15,00
    Address and contacts: via Consolare Valeria, 22 Get directions tel: (0039) 094251466

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Giardini Naxos

In Giardini Naxos they can be found many places to spend pleasant evenings outdoors. The nightlife in summer is almost all tourist and it is also possible to find parties on the beach and clubs offering live music. It starts with the classic walk along the promenade, continues with a few bars on the beach, where sometimes to get even just a beer you have to queue up, and you can go on until the morning in the disco.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Tropicana: nice place, very large and with three dance floors where theme nights and music are offered for all tastes. Address: via Tevere, 11 Get directions
  • Marabou: beautiful disco, very well-kept and frequented by lovers of House and Techno music. Now an icon of local entertainment. Address: viale Jannuzzo, 31 Get directions / Facebook page
  • The madness: it is a disco pub that is also very popular with famous people, VIPs and local entrepreneurs. Glam and trendy club, offers music, DJ sets and theme nights / Address: Lungomare Tysandros, 68 Get directions / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Giardini Naxos: info and useful tips

  • Halfway between Messina and Catania (both are just over 40 minutes by car), Giardini Naxos can be reached in just under an hour from Fontanarossa airport (served by companies such as Volotea and Alitalia), by bus starting from € 7,50. The village is also quite close to Syracuse (1 hour and 20 minutes by car), and very close to Taormina (20 minutes by car).
  • Getting around: rental of a vehicle is recommended: a scooter is fine if you only intend to tour the village. Otherwise, if you want to go as far as Taormina, it is preferable to rent a car. The two cities are connected by bus (Interbus line, fare € 1,90).
  • Where to park: the Lemon car park is located between Giardini Naxos and Taormina and is particularly convenient for its position and for the shuttle service for customers (Get directions). Near the train station, in via Nazionale 62, there is a very convenient public car park that offers rates from € 1,00 per hour (Get directions).
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Surely Taormina (just over 10 km). Then the Isola Bella, a nature reserve just south of Taormina itself. It can be reached in about 25 minutes by car from Giardini Naxos and opens up to the visitor with its terraces, stairways and the dense Mediterranean vegetation that covers it. Mount Etna is only an hour away by car and there are many local agencies that organize day trips. A trekking on the volcano is always very suggestive.

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