A journey through history, beaches, and fascinating monuments

Giardini Naxos is a charming gem on the Sicilian coast that combines ancient history, breathtaking landscapes, and a rich culinary tradition. A destination definitely worth visiting during your stay at the Hotel Bel Soggiorno in Taormina.


History and culture of Giardini Naxos

Giardini Naxos boasts a millennia-old history, beginning with its foundation by Greek colonists. It was, in fact, the first Greek colony in Sicily and took its name from Naxos, the namesake island in the Aegean Sea.

The historical centerpiece of this location is the Temple of Apollo, an ancient structure that still stands majestically today.

During the Byzantine era, the bay played a strategic role as a landing point for nearby Taormina, with settlements scattered along the entire coast. The Arabs, during their rule, introduced citrus cultivation and left indelible traces of their presence through place names like Schisò, derived from Al Qusûs (chest, torso), and Alcantara, originating from Al Quantarah (the bridge).

Today, walking among the original ruins of Giardini Naxos is a fascinating journey through time, just a few minutes from the Hotel Bel Soggiorno in Taormina.


What to see in Giardini Naxos

Giardini Naxos offers numerous noteworthy attractions, despite being virtually unknown until the '70s.

From the charming promenade, ideal for romantic evening walks, to the Castle of Schisò overlooking the bay, every corner offers a perfect blend of charm and history.

The undisputed symbol of Giardini Naxos is the statue of Nike. Created by Carmelo Mendola in 1965, it represents the twinning with Calcide Eubea. In the historic center, you can explore charming squares and streets, among which stand out Piazza Abate Cacciola and Via delle Rimembranze.

Among the must-visit destinations is the Castle of Schisò, now an integral part of the archaeological complex of Giardini Naxos. This site preserves the remains of civil and religious buildings dating back to Roman and Greek periods. Among the sacred constructions not to be missed during your stay at the Hotel Bel Soggiorno in Taormina are the Mother Church of Santa Maria Raccomandata, the Church of Santa Maria Immacolata, and the Church of San Pancrazio.


The most beautiful beaches

The beaches of Giardini Naxos are a true oasis of relaxation and natural beauty. Some are characterized by fine sand, others adorned with small pebbles, similar to gravel.

Undoubtedly at the top of the list is the beach of Recanati, a large stretch of coast that offers both equipped beach clubs and free spaces: an ideal solution during your holiday at the Hotel Bel Soggiorno in Taormina. Appreciated by families for its gently sloping seabed, the Recanati beach is a destination for nightlife lovers thanks to the many bars and nightclubs in the area.

If you prefer fine, golden sand surrounded by lush vegetation, the perfect choice is the beach of Schisò. The Saia Porticciolo beach, on the other hand, stands out for intimate coves nestled among rocks of volcanic origin, a truly unique spectacle to admire in Sicily.

From the generous stretches of sand on equipped beaches, ideal for families, to small hidden coves, perfect for peace lovers, everyone finds their fragment of beach paradise in Giardini Naxos, just a few minutes from the Hotel Bel Soggiorno in Taormina.