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Perched on Sicily’s north coast, just over an hour from Palermo city centre, Cefalù Sicily is one of the island’s top spots for a holiday villa in the sun.  Gorgeous sandy beaches are a major magnet but a fascinating historic centre and the city’s geographic location make it a great destination for anyone who finds it hard to choose between sightseeing and chilling on the beach. Make tracks for the beach The main beach at Cefalù is one of Sicily’s finest, a long sandy strip, overlooked by the lungomare promenade, which stretches alongside the town. Be prepared for the crowds…

Catania Fish Market

Strolling leisurely through food street markets and rummaging amongst piles of antiques is one of the great pleasures of being on holiday, and particularly when you are abroad. Buying food or other items is almost incidental – the thrill is often in the aromas, sounds and sights that attack you from all directions.  Messina, Trapani and most of Sicily’s main towns and cities have their own markets but none are on the scale of the fish markets and food markets those found in Palermo and Catania. Flea market in Palermo Sicily The city’s markets – Il Capo, Ballarò and Vucciria…

luxury-sicily-villas-for-couples

There are still plenty of options if you are planning a week’s sunshine in a little hideaway retreat for two this summer. Stay in one of our smaller villas in Sicily for two persons and enjoy the luxury of having heaps of space and your own private terrace or garden where you can dine under the stars or just curl up with a book after lunch. Start the day by clocking up a few laps in your private pool or wandering down to the sea for an early morning swim before an al fresco breakfast with a view. These are…

south-sicily

It would be easy to overlook the stretch of southern Sicilian coastline between Selinunte and the dramatic white rock face of the Scala dei Turchi, lured instead by the baroque towns and the sandy beaches of the island’s south east.  Rich in its own historic sites, however, and with pretty fishing towns and picturesque beaches backed by white cliffs, it is a great place for a beach and sightseeing holiday in the Sicily south coast. Sicily Greek temples: history and archaeology Bookmarked by the great Greek archaeological sites of Selinunte to the west and the Valley of the Temples at…

visit-modica

Sicily’s south east corner is a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture and each of the region’s striking towns has its own specific charm. We have focused here on Modica Sicily, which has its own unique attractions but is also perfectly situated if you want to get out and about in the Noto Valley. Slightly confusingly for the first-time visitor, the town is split into two, Modica Alta which is the historic older part and Modica Bassa, the lower more modern part of town. However, it only takes ten minutes or so to walk from one to the other.…

Cala Rossa - beautiful bay of Favignana island near Sicily.

One of the highlights of a holiday in Sicily is taking to the seas and exploring some of the smaller offshore islands, either on a private charter excursion or as part of an organised tour. Several of the islands, such as Lampedusa and Pantelleria, are too far to visit on a day trip but the Aeolian Archipelagos and Aegadian islands are well within reach. These are a few of our guests’ favourite offshore excursions. Day trips Sicily from Aeolian islands The dramatic scenery and spectacularly clear waters around the Sicily Aeolian Island make them a popular choice with hikers and…

sicily-villas-to-rent

In need of inspiration this summer? Find out what’s on offer in May and June! Warm sunshine, tranquil beaches and some seriously discounted villas all add up to a great holiday. Take a break in Sicily in May or June and you can save up to 20% on the cost of your villa. These are some of our top savings and most popular villas for an early summer getaway.   Villa Arte Mare Blue – save 10% before 2 June Pop down to Cefalù’s sandy beaches or explore the hilltop villages of the Madonie mountains from your base at Villa…

sicilian gastronomy

Aside from the obvious advantages of holidaying in Sicily in May or June when prices are low and the beaches crowd-free, a Spring holiday in Sicily means gastronomy. Dip into your nearest trattoria for a dish of pasta con le sarde or wander along to the local market to stock up on the freshest seasonal ingredients for a gourmet al fresco meal at your own villa. So what are the traditional Sicily food in May?   Springtime traditional Sicily food products Fish plays a big part in the Sicilian diet year-round but tuna and sword fish are at their best…

taormina-blog-wish-sicily

Taormina, the jewel in the crown of Sicily’s east coast, is one of the island’s best loved towns, and for good reason. With its dramatic coastline, gorgeous beaches and enticing shops, the town offers endless possibilities for a perfect holiday. Choose your best time to visit Taormina Sicily and decide from a collection of luxury villas in Taormina with pools and sea views and pair a week of sun-drenched relaxation with some gentle sightseeing. Let’s see together which places to visit Taormina Italy.   Beaches in Taormina  Beaches in the area vary enormously, from sandy to pebbly and in size,…

sicily-villas

Grab a week in the sun at Whitsun half-term and take advantage of our discounts of up to 20% on a selection of villas in Sicily, some with pools, throughout the island.   Save £350 on the north coast A pool, table tennis and sprawling garden with a stunning fully-equipped outdoor kitchen are likely to keep all the family happy at Whitsun. Casa del Gelso is a 2-bedroom villa set between the coast and Sicily’s Nebrodi Mountains, which provide some of the island’s most spectacular and least visited landscapes.  For just 15 euros, including a picnic lunch, you can join…