Holidays to Sicily: what the island is famous for

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Sicily Travel Guide

All you need to know to plan your perfect Sicily holiday

Sicily travel guide

All you need to know to plan your perfect Sicily holiday

An enviable climate and spectacular sandy beaches are just two of the reasons why so many people choose to take their holidays in Sicily. The island’s location, at the base of Italy’s heel, means more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Italy and with over 1,000km of coastline to choose from, it’s an obvious choice for beach-lovers. Meanwhile, for those looking for more than a beach break, the island offers its visitors an impressive collection of fascinating sights and experiences.

Whether you stay on the coast or inland, expect to be rewarded with some stunning scenery. Eye-catching baroque towns such as Noto and Modica in the south east sit amongst magnificent rural landscapes, while in the north of the island, the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù are a highlight of many Sicily holidays. Explore out-of-the-way hilltop villages in the Madonie and Nebrodi mountain ranges and step back in time at the imposing ancient Greek temples of Segesta and Selinunte.

If you prefer more active pursuits, the coastal Vendicari and Zingaro nature reserves are excellent locations for some gentle walking, accompanied by cooling dips in picture-postcard pools of dazzling translucent water. Head into the mountains for more strenuous hiking or to spots such as the Alcantara Gorge for some thrilling water adventures.

For many of our guests, holidays to Sicily are also an opportunity to indulge in some great food! Not surprisingly, fish dominates on the coast and if you’re staying near Catania, we recommend popping down to the famous fish market for the catch of the day as well as some memorable sights. Meat and dairy produce are more likely to be on the menu in the mountains but wherever you go, you’ll find seasonal fruit and vegetables that are bursting with flavour.

Last but by no means least, with its sun-drenched climate and rich soil, it’s not surprising that Sicily produces some excellent wines. You can enjoy these throughout the island but for an extra special experience, head for the wine-growing area of Menfi in the south or the fertile slopes of Mount Etna.

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