Finding a holiday that suits all is never easy and the chances are that, if you are holidaying with a group of friends, at least two of you will have differing opinions as to what constitutes a good holiday. The good news is that whether you a city sightseer or a classic sun worshipper, with careful planning, there are plenty of options for a holidays in Sicily in September.

Get the best of both worlds this autumn with a late sunshine break in Sicily where you can combine sightseeing with beach time. As the fierce heat of the summer months starts to reduce, September in Sicily means crowd-free beaches and comfortable temperatures for exploring the island’s churches and ancient ruins. Book a villa in Sicily for late summer sunshine: these are a few of our favourite city stays with beach options

City breaks Sicily: classical sights in Syracuse

Casa a Ortigia is a two-bedroom sea-facing villa with a roof terrace in the heart of Ortigia, the historic centre of Syracuse. For chill out time in the sun, pop across the road to the public sunbathing platform on the water’s edge, or wander along to the nearby beach. To the south of Syracuse, there are powder-soft sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters at Fontane Bianche or along the fringes of the Vendicari Nature Reserve.

Stroll from the villa, past the Fountain of Arethusa and the 13th century Castello Maniace, to the stunning Piazza del Duomo. For ancient history fans, there is at least a full day’s sightseeing at Syracuse’s vast archaeological park, with its Greek theatre, Roman amphitheatre and ancient caves.

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Sicily in September: baroque beauty in Modica and Ragusa

Casa Kimiyà’s location in Modica’s historic centre is a great base for exploring one of Sicily’s most attractive Baroque towns. Enjoy a sundowner in September on the terrace with views over the rooftops below then stroll through the maze of stairways and alleyways that characterise the town. For sightseers, the other UNESCO towns of Ragusa, Scicli and Noto are all close by.

Sun-worshippers can catch some rays on the beaches at Pozzallo and Marina di Ragusa where sun beds and umbrellas are available for hire on Blue Flag designated beaches.

Castles and wine-tasting in western Sicily

If beach time takes precedence over sightseeing, but you still like the idea of having historical towns and attractions close by, Le Case di Cornino ticks all the boxes. The sandy Bay of Cornino is just 200m from the villa with the beaches at San Vito Lo Capo and Castellammare del Golfo a little further but well worth the trip in Sicily to September.

For those who like to get out and about, there are visits to the stunning medieval hilltop town of Erice, with its winding streets and imposing castles, wine-tasting in Marsala and mini-cruises to the Aegadian Islands.