Giardini-Naxos is 11km from Taormina and would take 00h14 to drive.
It is very easy to get from Giardini to Taormina. It’s a 15-minute bus ride.
Giardini is less expensive than Taormina, and as a result tends to attract a younger crowd.
Arathena Rocks would be an outstanding choice – reasonably priced, good location near the sand beach, pool and private rock beach.
I have been advised that the Arathena Rocks is fully booked for this timeframe . Any other suggestions ??
You will find it hard to get accommodation at this time of the year due to the European holidays as no doubt Vagabonda will reiterate.
If Europe continues generally with its relatively poor weather for the first part of spring the streets will even be busier in the latter part.
Suggest you look outside the Tourist asylums and perhaps be prepared to bus into town.
Say for Taormina you might pick Castlemola or one of the towns that Vagabonda will know surrounding.
mausgrass is absolutely correct – August is peak holiday time for Italians who flee the hot cities for beaches and mountains.
Here is the Tourist Information site for Giardini listing all accommodations.
Recanati is not the best beach, so avoid this area.
Have you tried Giardino dei Greci?
You should be very comfortable at 4* Giardino dei Greci, a relatively new hotel (2004) with a good location on the Bay of Naxos near the (private) beach. It's located where you will want to be in Giardini. It’s only 15-minute walk along the promenade to the bus for Taormina, but the hotel offers a free shuttle service to Taormina. Giardini dei Greci has many good reviews.
Giardino del Greci:
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