Hotel Palladio

Sicily

a handmade hotel

Corso Umberto 470, Giardini Naxos, 98035, Sicily
Tel: (+39) 0942 52267; Fax: (+39) 0942 551329;
E-mail:
palladio@tao.it 

 

In the heart of the bay of Naxos, in front of the beach, along the promenade of the historical centre, next to the bus stop

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Giardini Naxos, due to its position, enjoys a particularly mild microclimate: the mountains that surround it protect the bay from the wind and rain and even in Winter time warm and sunny days are very frequent. During Summer, on the other hand, the constant breeze from the sea frees Giardini Naxos from the heat that torments instead the inland and the hill towns.

The many beaches of Giardini Naxos and the cliffs of Taormina

Besides the beach in front of the hotel, in Giardini Naxos you might change type of beach every day: within the bay there is a wide variety of sand, dephts and shores. You may see one right after the other long stretches of the finest golden sand with turquoise lagoons formed by low shores and small creeks wedged between points of lava rock, there are big facilities equipped for water sports and games for children, and long free beaches with a view that ranges from Etna to the coast of Calabria.

Outside the bay, in the outskirts of Giardini Naxos called Recanati the beaches are big but made of pebbles and the water is colder and less clear (they are in the open sea and currents arrive) while the coast of Taormina is splendid for its steep cliffs with caves and reefs (accessible only by boat) ideal for diving and it has two small, scenic bays (Bay of Mazzar˛ and Isola Bella) with the beach made of big pebbles that you can reach going down the long stairs carved into the rock. Read more

Overlooking the seafront, Hotel Palladio is situated in the centre of the bay of Naxos, between Cape Schis˛, site of the first Greek colony in Sicily, and the Cape of Taormina. The Hotel is located in front of the sandy beaches of San Giovanni, in the historical centre between private lidos and public beaches, shops and restaurants and only 15 minutes walk from the wonderful park and the archaeological museum of Giardini Naxos. The Hotel Palladio is situated in a spot easy to reach, very convenient for the excursions and to move around using public transport: next to the Hotel there are  the stops of the buses that in ten minutes take you to the centre of Taormina and allow you to reach Messina, Catania, and the small towns of their provinces. Besides with these buses you get  to the railway station of Taormina and Giardini in five minutes and in an hour to the airport Fontanarossa in Catania.

The beach opposite Hotel Palladio

To go to the beach from the Hotel Palladio you only have to cross the road, the promenade just in front of the hotel, and the go down ten steps to the beach which here is sandy, medium-fine grain with few pebbles, with a soft shore where to walk and a very clear sea water. For about five meters from the shore the water is low and allows you to walk and the seabed is sandy at the beginning and then, when it gets deeper, it becomes stony, which makes the water perfectly transparent, with iridescent colours. If you enjoy snorkelling a few metres to the left you will find reefs with colourful colonies of fishes and starfish.

Our guests can choose whether to take advantage of the discount applied to them by the lido (located in front on the right), equipped with parasols and deck-chairs, renting canoes and boats or go to the free beach (located in front on the to the left) for which we provide parasol free of charge. Beach towels are always provided free of charge from the hotel.

  

The beach seen from the hotel terrace and the hotel seen from the beach

Walking in Giardini Naxos

When you exit Hotel Palladio (located right between the old part of town and the tourist part) if you head right to the North, you will enter the historical centre of a typical fishermen town with its old fishermen's houses, coves wedged between black lava rocks, the narrow streets that open onto the sea and the squares with antique confectioneries. If you go along the promenade to the South, instead, you will find yourselves among trendy bars, restaurants, shops and big private lido, and after a ten minute walk, you reach the picturesque Castle of Schis˛ built all around a medieval tower. Next to it there is the entrance of the splendid Archaeological Park of Naxos, with a fort of the period of the Borboni and the Archaeological Museum (which keeps many precious artefacts and tells the story of the Greek colonization in Sicily) located within. The Archaeological site of Naxos is an oasis out of time where you can retrace the routes of the ancient Greek colony, in a setting of opulent Mediterranean vegetation with the majestic backdrop of Mount Etna.

  

Opposite the entrance to the Archaeological Park, there is the port with its colourful fishing boats and just beyond you can admire the impressive river of lava that, in the prehistoric era, came from Etna down to the sea, solidifying in a picturesque series of shoals and rocks. Here, set against a panorama that sweeps from Mount Tauro,  on which Taormina is perched up, on to the slopes of Etna, there is the statue of a Nike that reminds the landing of the first Greek colonies in Sicily.

If you proceed towards the inside, out of the Bay, at 1.5km from hotel Palladio you will get to the outskirts of Giardini Naxos, Recanati, born 30 years ago where it used to be a garden of lemon and orange trees (luckily partly preserved in the area of the archaeological park), home to the fairgrounds, many clubs, the big Saturday morning flea-market and crowded with mini-apartments and hotels. From the coast of Recanati you reach the mouth of the Alcantara river.

How to reach us

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Parking

We have for our guests a few car spaces, on the road, unattended, which are free of charge, but not reserved for the individual guest: the first to come, may park. Upon reservation, we have a few parking spaces at the cost of Euro 10.00 per night, in an outdoor parking, closed by an electric gate, which is 200 meters from the hotel. Parking spaces are limited so they should be booked well in advance.

Then there are the municipal spots along the street marked by blue stripes: on the waterfront they are free of charge, while on the Corso Umberto they require a payment from 8.00am to 10.30pm and the costs is EURO 0.80 per hour; automatic machines placed on the wall along the road every 200 meters issue the tickets: a lack of exhibition of the ticket leads to a fine of Euro 8.00.

Giardini Naxos and Taormina

Giardini Naxos and Taormina meet in the Bay of Naxos: Taormina dominates the rocky Northern part constituted by the steep cliff of Monte Tauro, while Giardini Naxos lies all on the sandy Southern part, culminating in the tip of Cape Schis˛ formed by a scenographic prehistoric flow of Etna lava. Giardini Naxos is one of the places of Sicily most celebrated for its magnificent scenery, long beaches, crystal clear sea with its changing colours (created by the presence of both sandy shores and lava), the always mild climate. It is an important archaeological site, home of the first Greek colony in Sicily and it is located in a strategic position: a few kilometres from the slopes of Etna, from the Riviera of the Cyclops and at the crossroads of ancient roads leading to the Alcantara and the d'Agr˛ valley.
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