We decided that we would sail over to the island of Ischia on Sunday morning and in order to make the most of the day, we set off early. However, just as we were about to leave, a huge thunderstorm erupted so we had to wait 30 minutes. It did clear the air and the sun shone through all day. What little wind there was, was right on the nose so we motored the 25 miles.

We thought about anchoring but decided to go into the port of Ischia as we couldn’t be bothered to blow up the dinghy for one afternoon. That decision cost us €102 – the cost of the marina although it was cute, set in the harbour and we were moored right next to all the bars and restaurants.

After lunch on board, we then walked into the main town of Ischia some 45 mins away. It was hot but enjoyable and remarkably clean compared to the mainland. There were plenty of shops to keep Liz happy! We also visited the Aragonese Castle that sits on top of an imposing promontory. It was amazing with lots of verandas, works of art, glorious views and lovely cafés. It was built in the 15th century and has since been a convent and a monastery. It is now privately owned and well worth the €10 entrance fee.

We then made our way back for supper on board followed by an early night as we were up early again to get back to our marina by lunchtime so we could sort the boat out before making our way back to the airport. A brilliant weekend away.

Pictures of the harbour, castle and views.







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