In recent years, the splendid Italian island of Sicily has become an incredibly popular destination for holiday makers. Located in the central Mediterranean, just off the Italian peninsula, Sicily can be easily reached by aeroplane, cruise ship or boat and has a great deal to offer the avid explorer, as well as those who are looking to spend a relaxing vacation in sublime surroundings.

Travel Guide to Sicily

Travel Guide to Sicily

With this in mind, here is my essential travel guide to the captivating island of Sicily.

Why visit Sicily?
Sicily is steeped in tradition and history making it the perfect holiday destination for anyone who is passionate about art, archaeology and architecture. The island is home to fabulous medieval and baroque masterpieces as well as marvellous mosaics, charming churches and spectacular ancient ruins. Sicily is also celebrated for its staggering number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, awarded both for the island’s natural beauty and for its man-made works of art. The island boasts a varied landscape comprising of rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, active volcanos and vast natural parks. Subsequently, those interested in sporting activities such as horse riding, trekking, cycling and water skiing are spoilt for choice. Sicily’s delectable cuisine is renowned worldwide and the island is home to beautiful animal species including the golden eagle and the crested porcupine.

When to visit
Sicily boasts a warm and dry climate with average temperatures peaking at a toasty 34 degrees in July and August and falling no lower than 8 degrees in January and February. It must also be noted that the island is blessed with a longer summer season with respect to mainland Italy and subsequently people can still be spotted swimming in the sea and sun-bathing long into November and as early as March. With this in mind, the best time to visit Sicily is arguably in the spring or autumn months when the weather is warm and there are fewer tourists on the island.

Where to stay
Sicily boasts a large number of diverse accommodation options to suit all types of holiday makers. From sumptuous 5* hotels, to scenic agritourisms and quaint B&Bs, the island has it all! You may even want to consider renting one of the island’s self-catering villas or holiday homes with a swimming pool. This is a great option when travelling with children as they will almost definitely appreciate the space and added advantage of the private pool. No matter which option you choose, you will be able to find some fantastic offers online via the various booking platforms.

Top attractions to visit
The list of top attractions to visit on the island of Sicily is simply endless. Popular options including trekking to Mount Etna, exploring the ancient ruins of Agrigento, admiring the stunning town of Taormina and marvelling at Monreale’s awe-inspiring cathedral. Lesser known, but by no means less beautiful locations include the towns of Ragusa Idla and Erice and the phenomenal Gole d’Alcantara. A visit to Sicily would not be complete without journeying to the breathtaking Aeolian Islands and Syracuse. The capital city of Palermo is magnificent and Catania is certainly well worth a look. The island is home to fabulous attractions to keep the kids busy including Etna Land, The Madonie Adventure Park and the Pasqualino Marionette Museum as well as stunning natural parks such as that of Nebrodi, where a vast array of sports and outdoor activities such as bird-watching can be readily enjoyed by people of all ages.

Sicily

Sicily

This splendid island really does have something for everyone, whether you are on a romantic vacation for two or travelling with family or friends, you will almost certainly be spoilt for choice during your Sicilian break. For this reason, I would recommend planning your itinerary beforehand, depending on your interests, in order to really make the most of your visit to one of the world’s most idyllic, exciting and beautiful island destinations.

 

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