My girlfriend and I are planning to spend a couple of nights in Taormina early in July and are keen to get some advice on the following:
1. - Stay near the beach vs. near downtown Taormina: We are debating whether staying in hotels / B&B's very close to the beach is worth vs. staying in the upper region near downtown. Ideally we'd be relaxing on the beach throughout the day and would look for some nice places to eat during the evening - not sure in which part of town we have more chances to find that
2. - Hotel recommendations (I've researched the forum and read some reviews but haven't got something conclusive yet): We are not that keen on staying in resorts hence we are looking more for a good value for money hotel, with a good view to the sea and clean, comfortable rooms and conveniently located to maximise our time at Taormina. A pool would be a plus though not essential in choosing a location - We would welcome any pointers to good places you may know of.