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Destination guide

Enchantment in Sicilian holiday lettings

Swims beneath pastel-painted towns and visions of mystical Greek temples, tastes of buffalo mozzarella and Moorish-infused rice, medleys of age-stained Baroque churches and shell-covered beaches, all shrouded by the indomitable peak of Etna. That's Sicily for you – an island of such wonders and experiences you're likely to never want to leave. Sicily holiday rentals make matters even more enticing, what with their sparkling pools and perches over the Med, rustic farmhouse looks or palm-shaded gardens. From electric Catania to historic Trapani, there are countless places to pick from.

Things to do

Places to go near holiday lettings in Sicily

Sicily has long stood at a crossroads of Europe. Greek colonists and Roman emperors have all passed through, imbuing the place with a truly fascinating past and all the relics that go with it. Just take the awesome 3rd-century BC theatre at Taormina, which cascades beautifully down the mountains above the Med. Then there are the haunting Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, or the off-beat Mafioso exhibits in Corleone. More ancient treasures await those who seek out Sicily holiday rentals in Agrigento – that's the gateway to the Valley of Temples, home to some of the best-preserved remains of the Greek world.

Activities

What to do near holiday homes in Sicily

Familiar with Sicilian cuisine? Offerings of milky buffalo mozzarella and herb-packed arancini balls, tasty cannolo pastries and simple peasant pastas all combine to create a sub-category of the Italian kitchen that's hard to resist. Cooking classes can help you get to grips with the ins and outs of the ingredients, while street food tours in towns like Catania and Syracuse mean eating through Sicily like a local. And then there are the wines – head to the hillside vineyards to taste full-bodied dry whites and roses made unique by the volcanic soils.

Weather

Local weather during your stay in Sicilian holiday homes

Sicily's southerly position off the tip of the Boot of Italy means it gets some of the longest and hottest summers in the country. That's good news if you're coming for Sicily holiday rentals with a pool or proximity to the sea – you can expect hot weather from as early as May, lasting as late as September. Winter trips between November and March mean catching the island in an altogether different light, with snow atop Etna and more local vibes dominating in the cities.

Natural features

From summits to sands in Sicily

Mount Etna heralds Sicily from afar. Its hulking outline and smoke-belching calderas top out at a cloud-piercing 3,392 metres. Snow gathers along its ridges in the winter, while the peaks of the Peloritani Mountains that frame it turn verdant green with cork and oak forests come the summer months. The volcano casts a long shadow across the coast, which hits highlights with the gorgeous resorts of Cefalu and San Vito Lo Capo in the north, the rock-ribbed inlets of Scopello and the long sands of Fontane Bianche in the east.

Family friendly

Family-friendly attractions near holiday homes in Sicily

Kids will love the array of educational and fun attractions in Sicily. Holiday homes can be found near family-friendly places like Riserva naturale dello Zingaro, a coastal preserve with cliffs, rare plants, museums and picnic areas, and Castello Ursino, a 13th-century castle with a royal archaeological collection, monastic artefacts and paintings. Kids will also like Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande, a nature reserve with canyons carved by the river and Mediterranean flora and fauna.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Sicilian holiday homes

Sicily boasts numerous romantic retreats for couples. Holiday homes can be found near places like Stromboli, a volcanic island with black lava beaches and climbs to the summit crater in the evening, and Vulcano, a picturesque volcano island with hiking routes, black-sand beaches and mud baths. You could also visit Panarea, a small island with cliffside beaches, cocktail bars and a shipwreck accessible on dives.

How many holiday rentals are available around Sicily?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 17,326 holiday lettings around Sicily. From 3,857 villas to 5,054 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sicily?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Sicily. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Malta: 2,186 holiday homes
  • Santa Maria Estate: 195 holiday homes
  • Xagħra: 907 holiday homes
  • Gozo: 1,129 holiday homes
  • Kerċem: 813 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Sicily! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sicily?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Sicily with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Palermo: 1,816 holiday lettings
  • Taormina: 1,497 holiday lettings
  • Cefalù: 1,080 holiday lettings
  • Syracuse: 2,152 holiday lettings
  • Catania: 1,533 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Sicily?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Sicily are:

  • Taormina (TFC): 1,957 self catering accommodations
  • Syracuse (QIC): 2,232 self catering accommodations
  • Palermo Airport (PMO): 3,265 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Explore destinations around Sicily

Palermo
1,816 holiday rentals
Taormina
1,497 holiday rentals
Cefalù
1,080 holiday rentals
Syracuse
2,152 holiday rentals
Catania
1,533 holiday rentals
San Vito Lo Capo
1,895 holiday rentals
Scicli
1,798 holiday rentals
Noto
3,252 holiday rentals
Agrigento
421 holiday rentals
Trapani
1,881 holiday rentals
Castellammare del Golfo
2,410 holiday rentals
Ragusa
1,561 holiday rentals
Gaggi
1,425 holiday rentals
Giardini Naxos
1,497 holiday rentals
Avola
1,733 holiday rentals
Campofelice di Roccella
1,012 holiday rentals
Marsala
1,002 holiday rentals
Sciacca
635 holiday rentals
Modica
1,925 holiday rentals
Acireale
1,838 holiday rentals