The Guardian recommends Pozzillo for a late sunshine break
For anyone desperate for a few last rays of sunshine and a change of scene, the Guardian’s recent round-up of autumn sun holidays is packed with inspiration. Sarah Baxter picks 10 of the best characterful locations where you can live like the locals, and still enjoy sea dips, beach excursions and lingering alfresco meals in balmy temperatures.
If it’s authenticity you’re after, Pozzillo ticks every box. This tiny fishing port on Sicily’s east coast is close to some of Sicily’s most popular attractions, but also perfect if you want to experience the island minus the tourists. Live simply at Terrazza sul Mare, where the vast terrace looks directly out over the port, and steps lead down to a pebbly beach at the water’s edge. Nip down to the stall on the street corner in the morning for the freshest of fish and in the evening, pop it on the barbecue while you watch the fishing boats out at sea. The 2-bedroom villa has a living room, kitchen and bathroom.
Situated just under an hour from Catania, Pozzillo is also a great base for exploring the east coast. Choose from a selection of beaches along the craggy Riviera dei Ciclopi or book a tour to Mount Etna with a wine-tasting experience. Visit Acireale, glamorous Taormina and Catania, where highlights include baroque piazzas and extravagant palazzi, the ornate Teatro Massimo Bellini and the atmospheric fish market.