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Long weekend Ischia with kids. A magic island in 3 days.

Ischia has been pretty much love at first sight, 4pm arrival from Procida spoiling us with gorgeous views of the harbour with pretty colourful houses and lush hills. 3 days in Ischia with kids are barely enough and more of a tease !

Ischia Dream Vision terrace view - week end Ischia

Ischia Dream Vision terrace view

From Naples port that’s an hour and a half ferry ride – advising Alilauro as there’s outside and inside seating and you can soak in properly the views.

Iconic Castello Aragonese Ischia

Iconic Castello Aragonese Ischia

It has been a while since we have been this charmed by a villa, flat and hosts on our holidays. Ischia Dream Vision has it all: pine and olive trees, bougainvillea flowers, and stunning views over the harbour: picturesque houses by the sea, hydrofoils and ferries going in and out. The brand new flats are tastefully and carefully decorated – stylish but functional, perfect to accommodate people with kids in tow.

Ischia Dream Vision terrace

The breakfast/living area is huge and the terrace has cute laced white swings, sofas, toys and football table on another secluded terrace.

Ischia Dream Vision living room

The swimming pool is cute and rather intimate.  Claudia and Francesco made us feel at home as soon as we arrived in the port, we got picked up from the ferry station and transported to this dream place.

Ischia Dream Vision swimming pool

Ischia with kids in here is a proper treat – both our boys were so spoilt with toys and lots of attention from both Francesco and his sons who were around; R did not want to leave the place and each day we struggled to visit anything before 3pm.

We spent an afternoon exploring the quaint streets with cute small shops and the most exquisite gelatos and afogattos. We strolled towards Castello Aragonese – surreally floating above the rock and sea.

Castello Aragonese Italy

For someone like me who has not seen it before and loves Magritte, just staring at Castello Aragonese Ischia has been purely therapeutic. There’s majesty and mystery, this rock and castle rising from the sea must have haunted my dreams in a different life.

We left exploring it for another trip, my sense of wonder still intact. At sunset the colours render warmth to the magic and we kept contemplating over a delicious dinner on Lungomare Aragonese.

We spent a day of our long week end Ischia at Negombo – the most beautiful water park I have seen. Overlooking Baia di San Montano, Negombo Ischia spoilt us with therapeutical pools and wonders.

Japanese labyrinth spa

Japanese labyrinth

My other half and I have done twice the Japanese labyrinth with ice cold waters on one side and hot on the other.

Hot pool Negombo

Hot pool Negombo

E was very content about it, R cheekily tried in a couple of places.

Hammock Negombo Ischia

Negombo Ischia

Negombo Ischia’s Buco Nero went down twice as a scary but fascinating treat – entering a rain shower / waterfall into a narrow gorge in the heart of the mountain. To R’s delight, the cave is in the trachytic rock of volcanic origins, some great story material. I personally loved most the Maian pools – one almost 40 degrees hot, the other 18 degrees Celsius.

Hot and cold pools Negombo Ischia

Everything goes numb for a short while but thereafter all parts of the body feel so re-energised and re-vigorated. The waterfalls columns with water at 30 degrees are stunningly beautiful in the middle of these lush green hills, offering a natural massage and alleviating tensions.

Well-being, beauty, excitement and discovery – a zen waterpark, return to magical and adventure, visual lights with contemporary art spread around, rare and unusual plants well integrated with the Mediterranean maquis. No routes, particular order or number of circuits recommended by Negombo Ischia team, but rather making your own personal journey around the park for an unique experience.

Baia di San Montano beach

Negombo Ischia’s beach is equally delightful – a little piece of paradise in San Montano Bay. A lot has been written about the educational aspects of raising kids where things don’t get to revolve around them and how important is for parents to enjoy and be happy – Negombo particularly felt like we are fixing that balance. The kids watching us have a blast, waiting for us to finish the circuits and getting entertained around us in different ways.

Negombo beach - Ischia with kids

The restaurants: with Dream Vision Ischia gorgeous settings, it was difficult for us to have dinners outside. We ordered in on one occasion – Dream Ischia team have best contact details for order in pizza, gnocchi, local salads and bruschettas. For the scenic dinner we settled for Al Pontile on Lungomare Aragonese – gorgeous views over Castello Aragonese Ischia and seafood and seafood pasta to die for. We through in all our best strategies to get a break from the kids: ipad for E and feeding cats for R, so we managed almost an hour uninterrupted. Another evening on our way back from Negombo Ischia we stopped at Corso Casamicciola Terme – great oven pizzas and nice playground so that the parents get to enjoy the meal in peace.

Ischia Dream Vision

Ischia Dream Vision

A long week end Ischia is simply enough on this magic volcanic island – we are already planning to return!

For longer holidays on neighbouring islands, check our articles on Procida – a little authentic gem little known outside Italy or simply Island hopping around Naples. And still on Italian islands topic, here’s to Sardinia with kids as well as Sicily’s beautiful Monaci delle Terre Nere and Palermo. A bit further but still for savvy travellers who’d like to escape the crowds of Amalfi or Tuscany for something less frenetic and commercially polished, head to our article on Puglia, we had a blast in here the summers of 2019 and 2022 and we have raved about Puglia best beach clubs in here.

18 comments on “Long weekend Ischia with kids. A magic island in 3 days.

  1. Zen Babytravel
    July 13, 2017
    Untold Morsels
  2. WanderMum
    July 14, 2017

    This sounds a wonderful, dreamy trip! Ischia wasn’t somewhere on my radar so thank you for putting it there. #farawayfiles

  3. katy@untoldmorsels
    July 14, 2017

    We missed Ischia on our recent trip to the Amalfi Coast. There just wasn’t enough time but I really want to go there after reading Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. It sounds absolutely wonderful. Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 14, 2017

      My pleasure Katy! This was our second time on the Amalfitan coast & around and still have so much to explore, Ischia , Capri & around !

  4. fifi + hop
    July 15, 2017

    Oh my goodness this looks like paradise! I could go to Italy over and over, my favorite country. Pinning! #farawayfiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 16, 2017

      Thank you Corey! It also felt like paradise, Italy is indeed wonderful and with so many distinct gems to discovered! We are very lucky to have many Italian friends London based who made us discovered through holidays at their places, organised together or weddings marvellous cities, villages & islands.

  5. CatherineRose
    July 16, 2017

    Beautiful!! I’ve wanted to visit Ischia ever since I heard about it, and it looks amazing! #FarawayFiles

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  8. Hina
    July 15, 2018

    We are planning Ischia for a week with our 3.5 years old son. He can walk but still we need stroller when he can’t walk. I can see you have toddler too and want to know if Ischia is stroller friendly. My husband suggests we don’t bring stroller and i feel we should. Can you suggest ?

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 15, 2018

      Hi Hina, if your son is still napping and you’d like some daytrips, I reckon bringing the stroller is the best. If you are content with taking taxis or busses and just 3 hours trips, probably you can do without one. Our 2nd son was 1 and a bit when we went to Ischia, so we had the stroller with us, we found it ok on the ferries/ aliscafos and Ischia city centre. Enjoy!

      • Hina
        July 15, 2018

        Great 👍 thanks for replying. Actually In the forums most of the people wrote Almfai coast is not stroller friendly but no one specifically talked about Ischia and i came across your blog so thought to ask someone who had first hand experience. We will be using Public transport and mostly stay in Ischia and was hoping that we could use stroller at most of the places in Ischia. Thanks for sharing your advice.

      • Zen Babytravel
        July 16, 2018

        Sure Hina! Indeed Amalfi coast is not great for strollers but by the way we’ve been there with one when our first baby was 6 weeks old 😉 https://zenbabytravel.com/2015/02/12/amalfi-coast-with-baby/ Here is the link , but in general I found Ischia less of a vertical town/ island than say Positano. Enjoy and keep me posted!

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