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Spring is on the doorstep and if you haven’t already done so, it’s definitely time to start planning a holiday. The good news is that, if you’re thinking of staying in a holiday villa, there’s no need to splash the cash. In fact, a villa holiday with your family or a group of friends is an excellent option if you’re looking to keep costs down.  Choose exactly how much you want to spend per person before you book and then, when you’re on holiday, enjoy browsing in local markets for delicious ingredients for poolside lunches and dinners under the stars.…

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If sunshine is top of your wish list but you’re looking for something more than a straight fly and flop holiday, a week in Sicily may be the answer. One of the best things about the island is its incredibly broad appeal.  For nature lovers, there are mountains and volcanoes, national parks dotted with picturesque hilltop villages, and a 1000km-long varied coastline.  Meanwhile, in its towns and cities, the island’s fascinating history has left its mark on its stunning art, architecture and cuisine. The fact is that whether you’re into food, wine, walking or culture, there’s a huge range of…

northern-sicily-tindari

In this post, we take a look at the north coast of Sicily, with its UNESCO world heritage sights, beaches and hideaway mountain villages. Head away from the busier seaside resorts into the hinterland to explore a more authentic side of the island or hop across on a boat to the splendid Aeolian Islands for memorable views of one of Italy’s three active volcanos. These are some of our favourite things to do on holiday in northern Sicily. UNESCO world heritage sights The north of Sicily is home to the most recent addition to the island’s collection of UNESCO sites…

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For families looking for sunnier climes without the cost, Sicily is an inspired choice. With April temperatures nudging 18°C, the weather is ideal for a family adventure on one of Europe’s most fascinating islands. Climb a volcano Wander across the lunar landscape of Europe’s highest active volcano. Choose from a selection of jeep tours and guided walks, depending on the age of your children, to explore the smoking craters and snaking lava flows of Mount Etna. Villa Viscalori is a traditional Sicilian villa, with antique furniture and ceramics with a pool and huge garden that overlook the slopes of Mount…

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Springtime in Sicily is awash with spectacular processions, floral displays and warm sunshine. Take a look at some of our favourite Spring events. Easter on Sicily’s north west coast The Procession of the Mysteries in Trapani on Good Friday is amongst the most evocative and traditional of Sicily’s Easter celebrations. The 24-hour event sees a two-mile procession of thousands of people and marching bands follow the 20 wooden ‘Mysteries’ as they are carried on volunteers’ shoulders through the streets of the city. Nearby, there are also Good Friday processions at Erice and Buseto Palizzolo. Cupole Arabe’s unique dome-shaped accommodation is…

sicily water activities

Warm weather in Sicily summer with temperatures currently nudging 30° plus, the only way to really cool down is to make tracks for some water.  Most of our Sicily villas with private pool have a direct access to the sea but if you are looking for something a little more active, there are also water-based activities for everyone in the family. Sicily water activity in the Alcantara Gorge Situated on the east coast of Sicily, just inland from Taormina, the Alcantara Gorge is the place for adrenalin-charged activities.  River trekking and body rafting are both on offer and canyoning can…

Noto

Packed with extraordinary art and architecture, Sicily’s south east coast corner is an ideal retreat at any time of the year. Try to find time for a few beach visits if you’re holidaying here in the heat of the summer but our guess is that at any time, you may still struggle to squeeze in everything there is to see in this unique region. If ever you needed an example of a silver lining to a natural disaster, the eight towns in the Val di Noto, a combined UNESCO site, are the perfect illustration. Flattened by an earthquake in 1693,…

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…

marsala-wine-sicily

Blessed with around 300 days of sunshine a year, Sicily’s climate is heaven sent for wine-making. Add to that the island’s territory and tradition – no less than 25 centuries of wine-making – and you start to understand some of the reasons for the growing interest in Sicilian wine. The wine renaissance on the island first started to gain momentum in the 1990’s and gradually the focus has shifted from quantity to quality, bringing with it a new wave of boutique wineries focused on bringing some superior wines and vintage experiences to the wine-loving world. Compared to regions such as…

Infiorata di Noto

With its broad mix of invaders and fascinating history, it is not surprising that Sicily’s cultural calendar is peppered with colourful events and celebrations. From re-enactments of Norman conquests to the decoration of streets with floral carpets, the Mediterranean’s largest island provides its visitors with plenty of spectacular events throughout the year.   Palio dei Normanni at Piazza Armerina The otherwise sleepy town of Piazza Armerina springs into action between 12-14 August (weather is usually good) each year with the medieval pageant of the Palio dei Normanni. Re-enacting the key historical moment of the conquest of Sicily in 1061 by…