Choosing a villa overseas can be a bit of a minefield, even when you know the destination, so finding a Sicily travel guide is a wise place to start. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in an unknown location, careful planning and research is key to making the best of your holiday in Sicily, for everyone.  Identify the needs and interests of your group and, if you are planning a holiday with other families or a large party, establish a realistic budget from the outset. You should also decide which part of Sicily you want to visit during your break, checking out a destination guide can help you decide if you’d prefer to stay in North west Sicily, southern Sicily, or elsewhere– the destination possibilities are endless.

After that, the best advice is to book as soon as you can to be in with a chance of getting your first choice of villa on the week that you want it. Booking early should also ensure that you get your flights at the best possible price, particularly if you are travelling during school holidays.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, with great beaches and plenty of scope for sightseeing so if you are interested in taking a holiday which involves travelling around, we think Sicily ticks every box.  As well as interesting archaeological sites throughout the island, there are nature reserves, mountains and some spectacular coastlines. Split your stay between a couple of locations and from there; pick out the best local sights and attractions using a rough guide.

Local atmosphere

While there are plenty of package hotel holidays to Sicily available, staying in a villa will certainly add a more authentic feel to your trip. Pop into the local shops in town for your everyday provisions and join the locals propping up the bar in the morning over a creamy cappuccino- you never know, they might guide you on where to find the best Sicily food! Move on to the market where browsing and mingling with the locals amongst the food stalls is the perfect initiation into shopping and cooking Sicilian-style!

Private pools and beach access

When it comes to finding the best places to stay in Sicily, this will depend largely on the needs of your group. The first decision is how important having your own pool is! Many of our villas have a private pool but you may be just as happy with a holiday home with direct access to the sea, particularly if you are planning a short break. We have an excellent selection of villas with terraces that overlook the water and private paths that lead directly to the beach.

Finding the best deals

If your party is particularly budget-conscious and you are looking for a good deal to Sicily, take a look at our collection of budget villas in Sicily.  You can make considerable savings by holidaying in the quieter months outside of the school holidays and of course the island has the added benefit of warm temperatures from as early as April to as late as October. Another alternative is to check whether any of our larger villas are offering reduced rates for under-occupancy on the dates you wish to travel, which will give you access to great facilities whilst not increasing your holiday spend.