One of the “must dos” in Ischia is to visit a thermal spa.
These are parks containing pools of naturally heated water of various temperatures. There are so many in Ischia, but the two most well known are: Negombo http://www.negombo.it/en and Poseidon http://www.giardiniposeidonterme.com/en Both are beautiful, well looked after and a pleasure to visit.
Negombo Thermal Gardens
Negombo is a fun and relaxing place to spend the whole day. It consists of 12 pools of varying temperatures between 18°C and 38°C including a large 33m sea water swimming pool, surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens and on the other side, the long sandy San Montano Beach, and sparkling sea.
There are many sunbeds and sunshades around the different pools and on the beach, so if you just want to relax and read a book, then you have so many different places within Negombo to do this and just enjoy the warm sunshine.
Useful Tip: Arrive early to have a better choice of sunbed location
There are toilets, changing rooms, and showers to use free of charge. You can rent a locker at a small charge, but I just carried my beach bag containing my money and phone with me, and while I was enjoying the thermal baths and swimming, I put it on a nearby bench, where I could keep an eye on it. There is a cafe, a more exclusive (and more expensive!) restaurant, as well as a beach-side restaurant serving pasta dishes and salads etc. Average price for a pasta and glass of wine is approx. 12€.
The whole of Negombo, with its thermal pools, swimming pools, sunbathing areas, beautiful sandy beach, clear sea and waterfalls promotes the feeling of relaxation and well-being. A visit here is highly recommended.
Negombo is open from 14th April until 15th October 2017.
From 08:30 until 19:30.
Entry to Negombo is 33€ for the whole day (34€ in August). After 1.30pm entry is 26€, and after 3.30pm entry is 22€. Multi-day passes can also be purchased, and there are reduced entry prices for children. Swimming caps are not obligatory at Negombo, unlike some other thermal spas. It’s very easy to get here by bus. Alternatively, a car park is available at an extra charge for cars and scooters.
I visited Negombo in late September 2017 – the above prices were applicable at that time.
Useful Tip: Wear an old swimming costume/bikini/shorts – my favourite bikini got ruined by the minerals in the water!
Useful Tip: Wear flat comfortable sandals (flip flops etc) as there are many uneven steps, and you definitely don’t want to ruin your fancy holiday shoes, or break an ankle!
Useful Tip: Take a towel / peshtamel for the sun loungers. You can purchase one or rent one at Negombo if you forget yours.
Poseidon Thermal Gardens
Poseidon is located in the beautiful Bay of Citara, and is a relaxing and enjoyable place to spend the whole day. It consists of 20 pools of varying temperatures ranging between 15°C and 40°C. As Ischia is a volcanic island, the thermal water naturally flows into the complex at very high temperatures. In order to achieve the required temperature in each pool, the water is cooled and systematically diverted to the different areas.
The many pools situated around the complex are surrounded by beautiful tropical plants, intermingled with the occasional Greek god! There is a network of terraces, steps and winding pathways, so comfortable sandals are a must here!
Useful Tip: As you walk around the complex, you will see tiny streams of water running parallel to the path. Sometimes these streams contain cold water, but sometimes they contain very hot water!! I am not the only stupid person to dip my toe into one of these!!!
There is also a long, private, sandy beach where you can lie on a sunbed, or alternatively use one of the many sunbeds around the pools. For those who like shade, there are plenty of sunshades too. There are lockers available to rent for a small charge, but I just carried my valuables with me. There are plenty of toilets, showers and changing rooms.
Useful Tip: Shower caps must be worn in the pools at Poseidon. You can purchase one at Poseidon for 2.50€, or do what I did, and just use the free shower cap from your hotel. It did the job, and there were plenty of other people doing the same thing!
There are three restaurants at Poseidon, all with varying prices. I ate at Il Fauno Self-service restaurant. A nice bowl of pasta and glass of wine was 13€.
Useful Tip: Look out for the big chilli plants growing in the planters near the Il Fauno restaurant – absolutely beautiful!
Poseidon is open from 15th April until 31st October 2017.
From 09:00 until 19:00.
Entry to Poseidon is 32€ for the whole day (35€ in August). After 1.00pm entry is 27€. A deposit of 5€ is required for the admission wristband, this deposit is returned at the exit, when you leave. Multi-day passes can also be purchased, and there are reduced entry prices for children. Cabins, bath robes and beach towels can all be rented at an extra charge. Despite the many steps at Poseidon, it is disabled-friendly, and offers assistance to mobility-reduced visitors in the form of wheelchair hire, hoists, and professional assistance (upon request).
I visited Poseidon in late September 2017 – the above prices were applicable at that time.
It’s very easy to get here by bus. Alternatively, a car park is available at an extra charge for cars and scooters.
Useful Tip: If you’re staying in a hotel, ask if they have discount vouchers for Negombo, Poseidon (or the thermal park of your choice) – many do, and you might save yourself 10%!