Holidaymakers looking for somewhere warm and scenic to take their vacation should look no further than Ragalna on the island of Sicily. This pretty town is on the eastern side of the Mediterranean island, which lies south of the Italian mainland. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
Ragalna is located close to the Parco Regionale dell’Etna and offers visitors some magnificent scenic views. The area can be explored in many different ways including hiking, cycling and horse riding. Visitors can also try mountain biking and climbing as well as paragliding in this region of Sicily. In the winter there is great skiing to be had at Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Holidaymakers can travel just 30 kilometres to the nearest beach at Catania, where they can sunbathe and take a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Watersports such as wind surfing, sailing, water skiing, diving and fishing are available here. The island has two 18-hole golf courses including one on the slopes of Mount Etna. There are plenty of restaurants, trattorias (small restaurants) and bars in the region serving mainly local cuisine. Visitors can easily find a few shops selling arts and craft, jewellery and other souvenirs. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink as well as other provisions from local stores as well.
There are many interesting places near to Ragalna. A trip to nearby Mount Etna is highly recommended with numerous coach tours on the island with jeeps taking visitors to the sulphuric peak. Alcantara gorge was formed as a result of an Etna eruption and visitors will see the impressive layers of basalt rock by climbing down the gorge. Just 45 minutes away from Ragalna is the city of Catania where there are some fantastic sights including Greek and Roman architecture. There is also the 11th century cathedral and dozens of other Baroque and historic churches in Catania as well as a fabulous art gallery located in the 13th century castle.
The warmest and driest time of the year to visit Sicily is generally July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 26 to 27 degrees centigrade. June and September are also warm months but September is much more susceptible to wet weather. October and November are the wettest months with an average of 95 to 98mm of rain per month.
Catania-Vincenzo Bellini Airport (CTA is approximately 40 minutes drive from Ragalna. Flights arrive here from the main Italian cities as well major European airports such as Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Geneva (GVA), London-Gatwick (LGW) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Taxis are available outside the airport terminal building and numerous car rental firms operate from here including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Sixt amongst others.