Sicily summer holidays

Hot the summer up on the island of Sicily

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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SicilySicily might well be a small island, but given its cultural legacy – not to mention its cuisine, nature reserves and national parks – it should definitely be classified as a heavyweight of Italian tourism. While you can certainly find many lovely beaches on the island, sunbathers are spoiled for choice when it comes to filling the rest of their time: there are myriad ancient Greek and Roman sites to explore; the famous, smouldering volcano of Mount Etna to marvel at; alluring Baroque churches in which to soak up the silence. From port to port, Sicily gives visitors the chance to satiate the imagination’s longings.

Sicily, as you might expect, is an exceedingly popular tourist destination for summer holidays. However, there are always ways to stay ahead of the crowd. Hop on a hydrofoil and go island-hopping around the Aeolian Islands off the north coast; get away from the beach bums and take in the salt pans of west Sicily; drop in on the rustic villages clustered in the Madonie National Park; cool off in Lipari’s incomparable archeology museum. The diversity of the landscape means you’ll never be short of options.

 

Five incredible summer holiday destinations in Sicily


   

Summer holidays in Cefalu Summer holidays in Cefalu

Cefalu is a town located within the province of Palermo, on the northern coast of Sicily. Tourists rock up here for the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea and for the storied history of the region; temples, castles and megalithic walls are all part of the package. Among the other sights are a multitude of churches, including Cefalu Cathedral, built by Roger II in the 1100s. Alternatively, why not explore the ancient Roman baths, before stopping for a cold refreshment at one of the many beach bars? Masquenada, near Piazza Garibaldi, is a great choice for cocktails.

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Summer holidays in Ragusa Summer holidays in Ragusa

Named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, the city of Ragusa is built between two valleys, Cava Santa Domenica and Cava San Leonardo. Here you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained, from Bronze Age necropoli to 11th-century cathedrals. What’s more, Ragusa, being somewhat off the beaten path, is home to some of the quietest beaches in all of Sicily. Of course, food and drink is always going to be associated with this island, such is the quality of the family-owned restaurants and cafés. Work up an appetite hiking the Hyblaean Mountains and reward yourself with a delicious Cavatieddi, a fresh pasta dish of pork sauce and sausage, served locally. 

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Summer holidays in Agrigento Summer holidays in Agrigento

Agrigento is not only a vibrant Italian city, perfect for modern summer holidays, but was also the home of the ancient Greek city, Akragas – and like in other parts of the island, one gets an enormous sense of the Greek influences here. Visit Valle dei Templi and you’ll find no fewer than seven ancient Greek temples. Much of the ancient ruins have not been fully excavated yet, but what has already been uncovered is a treasure trove for history buffs. You can then explore churches and cathedrals from the 13th and 14th centuries, as well as an archaeological museum housing further precious artefacts.

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Summer holidays in Marsala Summer holidays in Marsala

Marsala, found on the western coast of Sicily, ranks fifth amongst the most populated cities on the island. If you’re planning a summer holiday here, you’re in for a treat; the old streets have a decidedly Baroque feel to them, the wineries are first-rate, and the eateries – especially Ill Gallo e I’Innamorata – are positively acclaimed. Those with a penchant for architecture will appreciate diverse elements from the various civilisations that once called Marsala home throughout the ages. While here, you'll naturally want to sample some authentic Marsala wine, for which the city has become famous. 

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Summer holidays in the Aeolian Islands Summer holidays in the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands, located north of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the name given to the volcanic archipelago that comprises some seven Sicilian islands. Adventurous explorers will be in their element here – the terrain is more than a little rugged, with deep caverns, sheer cliffs and magnificent active volcanoes. Alternatively, go diving or fishing in the sea, hike up Fossa di Vulcano, then check out the Stromboli Crater, formed 40,000 years ago. When you’ve ticked these pursuits off your list, venture to the Museo Archeologico Eoliano to learn more about the history of the islands, including their volcanic activity.

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Summer Holiday Homes in Sicily

Apartment in a villa consisting of six apartment, all furnished with basic and functional decor. The

Apartment in a villa consisting of six apartment, all furnished with basic and functional decor. The sea is in walking distance, can be reached by a path across the dunes leading to the beach. Ideal location for wine tasters as in the nearby are l...

Nice house in quiet position near the seaside. Dirty track road to the house (200m). The bedrooms ar

Nice house in quiet position near the seaside. Dirty track road to the house (200m). The bedrooms are partially in the basement floor; each bedroom has a window. br /

Apartment on the ground floor in a four-family villa. Simply furnished but with new furniture, comfo

Apartment on the ground floor in a four-family villa. Simply furnished but with new furniture, comfortable and functional. The apartment has a private outdoor area equipped for outdoor meals and a shared area with open kitchen completely equipped....

Panoramic and sunny villa that faces the sea, set inside a private property of only three independen

Panoramic and sunny villa that faces the sea, set inside a private property of only three independent villas. From the equipped terrace there is a beautiful view of the sea, Capo Mongerbino and the rocky shore below. Peaceful position. Covered par...

Beautiful Mediterranean-style villa that directly overlooks the sea and the gracious gulf of Capo Za

Beautiful Mediterranean-style villa that directly overlooks the sea and the gracious gulf of Capo Zafferano, approx. 20 km east of Palermo. Broad view of the sea and the gulf. The villa stands on a fenced-in property of approx. 1500 m2 that slopes...

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