The ancient city of Agrigento overlooks the Mediterranean coastline from its vantage point high on a plateau on the southern coast of Sicily. It is a truly remarkable place to take a holiday rental, especially if you have any interest at all in the incredible history of Italy, Sicily or the whole Mediterranean region. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be the greatest legacy of Ancient Greece, Agrigento is a marvel to behold, especially as you wake from your private rental villa in Agrigento, and look out across the town as the sun rises.
The whole are around a villa in Agrigento, Sicily, has been inhabited for many, many centuries. The skull of a girl found in the area dates back over half a million years, and there are plenty of monuments and places of interest from throughout the years, including the amazing Greek Temple of Concord which stands outside the town. The Mesolithic village down the road at Point Bianca dates back to 6000BC, defying belief. There is a simply staggering amount to see from a self catering Agrigento apartment or villa, from the Romanesque Cathedral in the ancient centre of Agrigento to the numerous temples of the Valley of the Temples, which is easily reached on foot from a self catering villa in Agrigento, Sicily.
There are plenty of seasonal events throughout the calendar in Agrigento. The Almond Blossom Festival in February is a cavalcade of parades, performances and concerts in the Valley of the Temples, where folklore and traditional culture is the real star of the show. This is probably the best time of year to take a self catering Agrigento apartment or villa, as you can genuinely enjoy the true culture among the finest historical monuments you are ever likely to see. The Carnival of Sciacca, also in February is a wonderful celebration of Sicilian food and drink, whilst the 8 day Festival of San Calogero in July and the Blues and Wine Soul Festival in July are also well worth investigating if you are lucky enough to be staying in a self catering villa in Agrigento at the time.
The Aeolian Islands are a collection of small volcanic islands just off the coast of Sicily. As soon as you touch foot on the islands, you will instantly be taken back in time, as these islands are wonderfully untouched, unspoilt and undeveloped, leaving you in a true haven of peace, tranquillity and beauty.
Steady, hot summers have become the image of holidays to Sicily. During the long summer months, daily temperatures regularly peak in the high 30’s (˚C), with the warm sun beaming down long into the evening. Even during the unpredictable winter months, rain is uncommon and temperatures are rarely below 10˚C.
Reaching a self catering villa in Agrigento, Sicily is quite straightforward. There are trains running hourly from Palermo to Agrigento, leaving from very close to the Palermo International Airport (PMO). There are also many bus routes across Sicily, but if you have a deadline of any variety, it is best to stick to the trains as the timetable is only a rough guideline! There are plentiful flights to Palermo from Stansted (STN) and Gatwick (LGW) to get you started on your Agrigento holiday.