best family activities in Sicily

One of the reasons that we think Sicily is so great for a family villa holiday is that it offers things to do so much more than a just a beach break. Like everyone else, we certainly need our dose of holiday inertia but throwing in a couple of activities is great for family bonding and having fun together. Not every activity needs to involve action man levels of energy – in fact some are distinctly laidback – but they are all guaranteed to keep everyone in the family entertained with exciting events.   Street food tour Start with the…

villas in sicily with pool

Even when the Tyrrhenian sea is just steps away, staying in a villa with a private pool is the ultimate holiday indulgence. Ideal for a few early morning laps, a cooling dip in between sunbathing sessions or a quick plunge after an intensive day of sightseeing, the pool is guaranteed to be the focal point of your holiday in Sicily. During the heat of the summer, a villa with private pool is the place where the kids will while away the hours splashing around and playing, drawn out only by the lure of a poolside snack or meal. Luckily, all…

sicily-interiors

If your first reaction to booking a holiday in Sicily is to head to the coast, think again: Sicily’s interior takes you right off the tourist trail, past hilltop towns and villages and across mountainous landscapes. Better still, you are more likely to get more for your money in the countryside where most of our villas have fabulous pools and views to match! These are some of our favourite hotspots in inland Sicily.   The mountains The island has three principal mountain chains – the Madonie, Nebrodi (with the national park) and the smaller Peloritani – with smaller ranges including…

food in sicily

No celebration in Sicily, religious or otherwise, is without its special food and this is particularly the case at Easter. Despite the saying ‘Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi’ (‘Christmas with family, Easter with whoever you want’), Easter is traditionally a time to be with family and friends – a fabulous gastronomic experience that is shaped, as with all the best Sicilian celebrations, by the many myths and traditions embedded in the island’s culture. Lunch on Easter Sunday is a long lingering affair and the best advice is to go hungry! Lamb, with Sicilian Easter bread, is on…

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Did you know that you can holiday in Sicily, France, Spain, Jamaica and the Big Apple for under £50 a night? The April issue of Prima magazine is packed with good ideas on how to make your holiday budget stretch that little bit further and includes all types of accommodation from camping and home stays to a hip hotel in Brooklyn. For something best suited to the family, or for anyone looking for a week’s sunshine in a villa with a private pool, Prima recommends Wish Sicily’s Casa Turchina. The villa has three bedrooms, two with direct access to the…

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Part of the pleasure of staying in a holiday villa is relaxing back in your own private space and enjoying the view over dramatic seascapes or rural backdrops. Find out more about our selection of villas in Sicily with the best views.   Large groups Gaze out from your poolside sun lounger across the Tyrrhenian Sea and over the Santuario di Tindari, home to the legendary cedar-carved Black Madonna. Nearby, the Greek-Roman archaeological site of Tindari is one of Sicily’s most remarkable ancient sites, enhanced by the myth surrounding the Black Madonna and the extraordinary 1.5km tongue of sand that…

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Sicily’s northern coastline features fabulous sandy beaches for holidaymakers who just want to chill in the sun but ancient ruins, mountainous interiors and UNESCO world heritage sites ensure that there is also plenty to keep you occupied. UNESCO world heritage treasures If you choose to holiday near Palermo or Cefalù, you will be in prime position for visiting the most recent addition to Sicily’s collection of UNESCO world heritage sites. The seven civil and religious buildings in Palermo, and the cathedrals in Cefalù and Monreale, together make up the ‘Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale’ UNESCO…

sicily holidays

Sicily’s hugely varied landscape means that wherever you stay, you will never be too far from a gasp-inducing view. Ancient ruins dot the island’s dramatic coastline, imposing castles tower above hilltop towns and in the east of the island, the shadowy presence of Mount Etna looms large. Enjoy some stunning views from your luxury Sicily villa but if you are keen to explore more of the island, get inspiration here on some of Sicily’s most spectacular vistas.   Taormina Perched on the side of a mountain, the views from Taormina are dazzling.  Stop by the Greek Theatre to take in…

marie-claire-wish-sicily

Our thanks to Marie Claire editor, Trish Halpin, who writes about her stay at Villa Atena in the magazine’s April issue: ‘Our base is the sleek Villa Atena, a modern three-bedroom house set on a hilltop, with views across villages to the coast. Light and airy with bright pink feature walls and sofas, the living space opens up via floor-to-ceiling windows to a stone terrace and sparkling pool.  It’s perfect for super-hot Sicilian days …’ During her one-week stay, Trish managed to squeeze in visits to Ragusa Ibla and the Castello di Donnafugata and beach trips to Marina di Ragusa…

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Sicily – and Wish Sicily – is in good company in this week’s Woman’s Own magazine where it sits alongside Japan, Madeira, Cornwall and Holland in a feature on holidays for flower-lovers. In Sicily, the first signs of Spring appear as early as March but visitors have to wait until May for the spectacular L’Infiorata di Noto, a flower festival in the baroque town of Noto in south east Sicily. During the event, which takes place over the third weekend of May, the palazzo-lined Via Nicolaci is transformed into a carpet of flower-filled mosaic-style pictures.   Take your pick from…