Should I choose Ischia or the Amalfi Coast for my stay? Or I have little time available, which one is the best? If these questions are bothering you, in this article you'll find some tips that will help you to make the right decision considering all the differences between these two places.
Anyway, if you only have a few days of vacation, we suggest avoiding visiting both destinations at all costs and choosing according to your needs and travel style.
Ischia and the Amalfi Coast
Ischia is 46 square kilometers, while the Amalfi Coast is of about 55 square kilometers. Ischia has 6 towns, the Amalfi coast has 13 towns and several other locations. This already gives you an idea that it would take several days to get an overall idea of both places.
For a complete visit of the Amalfi Coast the ideal would be to spend there at least 4-5 days. In just one day you could quickly visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello (the most representative cities of the Coast) but only with a private driver who will take you from one place to another optimizing your time. If you are traveling on a low budget and want to get around by public transport, we suggest choosing a single town and going straight there.
Also Ischia is too big to be visited in a single day and a day trip would not allow you to enjoy the true treasure of the island: its warm and beneficial thermal waters.
The Amalfi Coast is known for the sharp panoramic bends that connect the various locations along the state road 163, putting even the most experienced drivers to the test. However, if you decide to go by car, you have to keep in mind another serious problem of the Amalfi Coast: parking, always difficult to find and at very high rates. If you are familiar with the two wheels, visiting the Amalfi Coast by scooter remains the best option, because you can avoid the traffic at peak times and it is much easier to park. Even the single cities of the Amalfi Coast are not easy to get around on foot: there are villages perched on the rock and almost completely pedestrian.
Ischia, on the other hand, is much flatter: the only hill on the island is Mount Epomeo. All the towns, mostly located along the coast, are easily accessible by car, scooter and by bus.
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in the world: foreign travelers usually spend one or two nights on each town of the coast, while Ischia is mostly beloved by Italians, who, on the other hand, prefer staying for long weekends or, especially in summer, even for entire weeks.
This makes the cities of the Amalfi Coast very vibrant during the day, but quiet in the evening. The English language is spoken fluently and there are excellent hotels, restaurants and services. On Ischia international tourism is less developed and it is not always easy to find someone who speaks English!
On the Amalfi Coast there are not many beaches and they are mostly made of pebbles and rocks, with deep sea. To reach the beaches it is often necessary to take long stairways or paths, but in the end you'll find crystal clear water waiting for you.
Ischia has many beaches, some are sandy and so suitable for children, there are also many thermal springs (even with free access) scattered on the island.
On Ischia prices of restaurants and hotel are generally lower than on the Amalfi Coast. If you love luxury or comfortable accommodation, however, on the Amalfi Coast (especially in Positano, Amalfi and Ravello) you will find a wider range of charming hotels, gourmet restaurants and high-level services.
From the Amalfi Coast you can leave for day trips to Naples, Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii.
From Ischia you can leave for day trips to Naples, Procida and Capri.
We recommend the Amalfi Coast if:
- You want to visit more places during your stay
- Look for top services, restaurants and hotels
- Love the breathtaking views and a glamorous international atmosphere
We recommend Ischia if:
- You want to enjoy several days of relaxation in the same location
- You are looking for a holiday dedicated to wellness
- You prefer to travel to a less crowded place