Giardini Naxos (looking from Taormina)
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With the influx of tourism in the mid-1970s, Giardini fishing village and antique Naxos grew rapidly and merged. It can be considered as four distinct areas: the old residential quarter of Giardini; panoramic Naxos seafront promenade (pedestrianised 2pm-2am in high season) lined with shops, bars and restaurants; Cape Schiso harbour area, formed from a prehistoric lava flow; Recanati, 1½ mls from the rest of town, which is fairly built-up with large modern hotels and holiday apartments.
Gardini Naxos is located on the NE coast of Sicily (34 mls N of Catania airport, 3 mls S of Taormina, 162 mls E of the capital, Palermo, 31 mls S of Messina). It is positioned by the sea, on fairly flat terrain. Slopes of Mt Etna behind. Main bay looks up towards Taormina, Castelmola hillside panorama.