Palermo is the attractive historical capital of Sicily, the main Italian island just off the coast of south west Italy (at the tip of the boot!). Situated in the north west of the island, the city enjoys a coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea and has much to offer in terms of both attractions and accommodation. Palermo apartments and villas make an excellent choice for couples and families who want to combine sun and sand, with history, culture and gastronomy, the main features of Palermo holidays!
As an ancient city of over 2,700 years old, Palermo has many historical attractions to enjoy. Beautiful and intricate architecture and décor is one of the main attractions and is most evident in its churches and cathedrals. Palermo Cathedral is a beautiful building with Catalan influences, whilst the cathedral in Monreale (a village just outside the city) has an intricate mosaic interior. Being situated on a hill overlooking the city, the views from Monreale are also very impressive.
Back in the city the Gesu Church has a very highly decorated interior and was built over the course of 70 years between 1564 and 1633. Other buildings of interest you should take time out to visit from your Palermo apartment include the Palazzo dei Normanni; the Zisa and the Cuba Arabic-Norman royal palaces; the Cappella Palatina; and the Catacombe dei Cappuccini. The Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico) is an interesting place too.
When you’ve enjoyed all the sights, enjoy a swim in the pool of your self catering Palermo villa, or head down to the beach. There are numerous sandy beaches around this area of coast, nearby to Palermo.
The island of Sicily is full of many great attractions and there are a variety of UNESCO World Heritage Sites here. If you want to enjoy a Palermo holiday combined with some of the rest of Sicily, some of the places you could visit include: the city of Agrigento and its impressive Greek Valley of Temples, on the south coast opposite Palermo; Mount Etna, in the east; the Old City of Ragusa, in the far south; the ancient Greek town of Syracuse, on the east coast; and Madonie National Park, along the coast and easily accessible from many self catering Palermo villas.
Holidaying in a Palermo apartment or villa you can enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate where the summers are hot and dry and the winters mild and wet. August is the hottest month in Palermo with an average high temperature of 28°C (83°F). Spring and autumn have very pleasant temperatures, and although the wetter time of year, winters stay well above freezing with an average high of 15°C (59°F) in January.
Getting to your Palermo holiday home from the UK is easy because Palermo has an international airport, 20 miles west of the city. A regular shuttle bus transports holidaymakers to Palermo quickly and cheaply for those who aren’t renting a car. Flights from the UK are available with several airlines, including budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet.