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Like the idea of using your holiday as a way of reconnecting with nature? A beach holiday is certainly a change of scene for most of us but what if you want to combine that with staying in some of Europe’s top natural spots? Immerse yourself in the scent of green forests or the beauty of a landscape unspoilt by modern development and you’ll benefit from a double whammy of health benefits. The Times suggests that one way to ensure a good dose of natural beauty is to seek out Europe’s national parks and nature reserves. Some of us may…

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8 luxury villas in Sicily with availability this summer   Still haven’t got round to booking a summer holiday? While the majority of our luxury villas in Sicily have been snapped up during July and August, there are still pockets of availability – and some of those weeks are discounted. Of course, if you can’t get as long as you wish in a particular villa, there’s always the option of booking a two-centre stay, a great way to see even more of our beautiful island! Family villa with pool in Cefalù Situated in Finale di Pollina on the outskirts of…

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Garden favourites: our top 8 villas with beautiful gardens Part of the joy of a summer holiday in Sicily is spending most of your day and evening outside. We can’t think of anything that beats the simple pleasure of the first coffee of the day surrounded by the scent of Mediterranean blooms or lazy afternoons in the shade of palm trees. The fact is that when you take a villa holiday in Sicily, the garden can be almost as important as the villa itself – after all, the chances are that you’ll spend most of your time out there. But,…

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Luxury villas in Sicily made for living outdoors For those of us who inhabit cooler climes, the mere thought of a summer holiday spent under dazzling blue skies by day and inky twinkling skies by night is quite irresistible. So while luxury bedrooms and bathrooms are very welcome, sometimes it’s worth giving a quick glance at what’s on offer outside. A pool is at the top of most people’s wish lists, but if you plan to self-cater most of your meals and really want to spend most of your time outside, an outdoor kitchen and living room can be the…

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2022 adventures from the inewspaper Ready for an adventure? After almost 2 years of holiday uncertainty, the prospect of a big trip in 2022 is infinitely appealing and this weekend’s press was full of inspiration on where to find adventure. The i Newspaper delivered a great round-up of tempting ideas, from family adventures in Jordan and Costa Rica to a gastronomic tasting holiday in Siri Lanka. And having recently launched our new collection of adventure experiences in Sicily, we were delighted to see our 4×4 ‘Bandit Tour’ included in the feature! The tour’s a great option if you’re one of…

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Villa specialist Wish Sicily has added a range of jeep, mountain bike and horseback adventures in Sicily’s spectacular Madonie and Nebrodi national parks to its 2022 programme. The villa operator has also introduced a selection of new coastal villas. JEEP MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES Wild safari jeep adventures, night-time bandit tours and jeep trails to the peaks of the Madonie mountains promise to take guests deep into the heart of Sicily’s national parks. There are also sunset jeep excursions with a barbecue and a tour to the Valle di Halaesa, home to Europe’s largest contemporary open-air sculpture park. Family adventures Set off…

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5 reasons to stay inland in Sicily How much do you know about Sicily’s extraordinary interior? While most visitors to Sicily flock to the coast, shunning its mountains and rugged landscape for its beaches and inviting seas, its heartland remains delightfully unexplored and tourist-free. Venture inland and you’ll find mountain ranges, limestone plains, hilltop villages, and olives groves and vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. If you choose to stay on the coast, you can of course still easily access the island’s interior but if you’re looking to get under Sicily’s skin, then inland is the…

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Experience Sicilian food, culture and nature If a holiday in Sicily has been on your radar for a while, you’ll already know how much there is to do. Long lists of ancient temples, baroque churches and Roman amphitheatres trip off the tongue and before you know it, you’re feeling stressed about how you’re going to fit everything into a mere week on the island! But what about activities that don’t involve traditional sightseeing? It seems that while many visitors may not necessarily want to delve back into ancient history, they may equally want to do something other than flop on…

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5 of the best things to do on the west coast of Sicily Given that Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and around a fifth the size of England, it’s not surprising that the vibes on its west coast are very different to those of the north and east. This is partly due to its lack of obvious tourist hotspots. Compare it to the east coast where Taormina takes centre stage, or the north coast which is dominated by Cefalù. However, its proximity to north Africa (Tunisia is less than 100 miles away) is also a key factor…

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Nourish your inner self with a break in Sicily Travel for most of us is off limits right now but that doesn’t stop us dreaming – or indeed planning ahead. While we may not be able to jet off in the near future, a week in Sicily in late summer or early autumn, when there’s still plenty of sunshine, is just what we need to re-boot and pep up depleted energy levels. After over a year of restrictions, the benefits of escaping to a completely different environment are immeasurable. Different food, culture and a new environment are a sure fire…

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Our top 5 Sicily villas for an early summer break June is one of our favourite months in Sicily and in many ways, the perfect month for first-time visitors. The intense heat of July and August is still some way off and you can take your pick of powder-soft sandy beaches and visits to awe-inspiring Greek temples without worrying about crowds. So it’s good to hear that, depending on where you live, overseas travel in June is increasingly looking like a possibility.  What better time than now to start looking forward and planning a trip to the sun? Here are…

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Sensational Sicilian villas for smaller groups It’s easy to get swept up by the idea of planning a grand scale villa holiday for a large group. After a year of minimal socialising and even more limited hugging, reconnecting with friends or family seems irresistible. Plus those tantalising images of sprawling country estates, infinity pools and mini-gyms, together with poolside yoga and in-chef dining add-ons, are enough to send us into meltdown. Planning those big group holidays, however, can be complex and 2021 may just be the year to keep things simple. The good news though is that if you’re looking…

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Add these Sicily holidays for two to your post-lockdown bucket list In any ‘normal’ year, slipping from January into February can be a bit of a pendulum swing. Suddenly days are longer, spring is just round the corner and romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day looms. Things are far from normal in 2021 but perhaps that’s even more reason to treasure the prospect of spring and to add a romantic break for two to your post-lockdown bucket list. If you need inspiration, consider Sicily, where sensational sunsets and dramatic sea views, sun-drenched vines and food bursting with flavour,…

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Re-charge mind, body and soul on a villa holiday in Sicily January is often the time we take stock and assess our sense of wellbeing. Have we managed to achieve a healthy balance in our lives? Even in the midst of the turmoil of a pandemic, do we manage to find a little time for ourselves? Whether it’s home-schooling that’s getting you down, a stressful job or simply the need for a change of scene, this is the time when, for so many of us, thoughts turn to getting away from it all. In fact, rarely has there been a…

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Do you like to work out even when you’re on holiday? If sport is a big part of your everyday routine at home, the chances are you’ll want to maintain fitness levels while you’re away. The good news is that it’s easy to do that in Sicily where there are plenty of options for anyone who loves an active or outdoors lifestyle. Rocky ravines and spectacular seascapes are obvious backdrops for adventure and water sports and there are also national parks, marine nature reserves and, of course, the thrill of Mount Etna. But the action doesn’t stop there. Find out…

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Often overlooked in favour of the baroque splendours of south east Sicily, the mountainous Madonie and Nebrodi national parks and neighbouring coast is the place to be if you’re looking for a truly authentic experience of Sicily.  From awe-inspiring views to extraordinary contemporary sculpture, this fascinating area is guaranteed to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the island. Read on for suggestions of some of the best things to see and do. Visit Italy’s most beautiful villages Choose from a collection of stunning hilltop towns and villages including Gangi, winner of the ‘Most Beautiful Village in Italy’ accolade in 2014…

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Lower prices, fewer people and the first hint of gentle sunshine make spring a wonderful time to holiday in Sicily. Although cool, the sea is beginning to warm up, and in the countryside and national parks, wild flowers dot hillside slopes.  If you’re a foodie, you’ll find local market stalls piled high with mouth-watering fruit and vegetables. Tempted? Read on to find out more about our top villas in Sicily for a springtime break. Big savings on family-friendly villas If you have young children, make the most of the precious pre-school years by taking your main holiday in May or…

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New villas with summer holiday availability! If you’re slightly late off the mark and still looking for a summer holiday villa, the good news is that we’ve added two new family villas to our portfolio, both with excellent availability and an introductory 20% discount. Menfi vineyards, Sicily: Save over £450 in July! Set in the heart of the wine-growing countryside around Menfi, 3-bedroom Casa Maoma is close to Selinunte and the beaches around Porto Palo.  The villa has a large shady veranda overlooking the pool and the surrounding vineyards. Book now and save 20% on all weeks up to 27…

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Walking is a great way to explore Sicily’s countryside, and while there are some challenging hikes to choose from, you don’t need to be a fanatical hiker for the best experience. Take a short stroll in early summer when hillsides and nature reserves are sprinkled with the last remnants of spring flowers; or an autumn amble through flame-coloured landscapes. The two latest additions to our portfolio – Villa Rebecca and Casa Maoma – which are both near to two of Sicily’s most striking natural sites, got us thinking about our favourite walks in Sicily. Necropoli di Pantalica A walk through…

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Our new range of adventure activities in Sicily is just the thing to keep energetic and inquisitive kids entertained on holiday. Choose from self-drive guided tours of Catania in an open-sided Ape Calessino, 4 x 4 jeep tours on Mount Etna and bike tours through the Alcantara Gorge. Each of these activities are perfect during October half-term and the cooler autumn months.   Exploring Catania, Sicilian-style: Whizz through the ancient alleyways of Catania’s UNESCO-listed historic centre in an iconic open-sided three-wheeler Ape Calessino, the ultimate tribute to vintage chic. The compactness of the vehicle means that you can easily access…