Destination guide

History, culture and fine dining await you at Palermo villas

The capital city of Sicily is Palermo, and whether you're interested in history, culture or gastronomy, you'll find numerous ways to satisfy your holiday desires. The historical sites in town date back to its original founding in the 8th century BCE while its modern areas provide some of the best contemporary cuisine and shopping opportunities you'll ever find. It's a port city, so there are coastal adventures to enjoy as well. Local villas in Sicily can vary quite a bit, but the closer to the coast or historical sites you get, the more luxurious villa rentals typically become.

Things to do

Sights and relics to make you wonder in Palermo

Palermo is a veritable menagerie of history. You'll be staying in a city where everyone from Byzantines to Greeks, Romans to Norman invaders, have raised monuments and statues. There's just a taster of it all in the sprawling Antonio Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum, its cloisters filled with haunting sarcophagi and Punic washbasins. Then come palazzos like the great Zisa, oozing Moorish elements, or the Cuba Palace, dating back to 1180, with its fusion of Arab art in the cupolas. Also, don't forget to point the lens towards the spires of the gorgeous Church of the Gesu, one of the most notable in Sicily.


Discovering all corners of Palermo

Tours, tours and more tours are usually not enough to get to the bottom of this varied island capital. Hungry? How about foodie walks in the bustling street markets? Prepare for boiled octopus, arancini balls and plenty of Catarratto wine. Ready for some sightseeing? Hop-on, hop-off buses run rings around the metropolis, whizzing through the Baroque buildings of the Quattro Canti and past the grand Palermo Cathedral, with its eclectic mix of architectural styles. Bike tours are a better way to go if you're looking to delve into the narrow alleys and seek out hidden Palermo secrets between the alcoves and arches.


Peeking into churches whenever in Palermo

Unlike on the beaches of Sicily, life in Palermo never grinds to a halt. This is the capital, after all – lived-in and home to huge groups of students, to boot. Even in the winter months, between December and March, you'll find street markets sprawling through the lanes and the churches packed with culture-hungry travellers. That said, Palermo holiday rentals are always at their most popular in the summer. That starts early in Sicily, around May, and the temperature doesn't cool again until the middle of September.

Natural features

Creeping up to Capo Gallo in Palermo

Ranging from the boat-filled harbours of Bagheria in the south-east to the wiggling headland of Isola delle Femmine in the north, Palermo covers one huge swathe of the Sicilian coastline. Glowing bays of sand are right on the doorstep of Palermo holiday rentals in Mondello, where art deco mansions flank the palm-lined promenades. They creep upwards to the ridges of the Capo Gallo Reserve, a protected area that packs exotic orchids and aromatic camomile into every cleft of its high cliffs, hiding crashing waterfalls and mountain ponds behind.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Palermo

Fly into Palermo (PMO-Punta Raisi), the closest airport, located 14.4 mi (23.2 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Palermo Palazzo Reale-Orleans Station, Palermo Central Station and Palermo Notarbartolo Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Palermo by jumping on the metro at Giachery Station, Fiera Station or Imperatore Federico Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Palermo?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,826 holiday lettings around Palermo. From 279 villas to 933 flats & apartments, 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.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Palermo?

Roll straight out of bed and stroll to those must-visit tourist sights. Or simply experience the exciting energy of city living! Spend your next vacay living like a local in the thick of the main streets, with a city centre holiday home. HomeAway has 746 city centre rental properties available. Alternatively, you might like to go for something a little different. HomeAway has countless properties to pick from, including:

  • 656 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 593 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 503 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Palermo?

Unpack your bags, admire the view and turn the kettle on. If you're searching for a place with all the conveniences of home, an apartment rental is definitely the way to go. You can take your pick from 1,545 different options via HomeAway. If you make your booking quick, you could be spending as little as £16 per night. If that doesn't fit with your crew's taste, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • House: 707 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £19 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 407 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £26 per night.
  • Villa: 366 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £26 per night.

Can I stay in Palermo in a large group?

There's nothing quite as exciting as staying somewhere completely new with your family and loved ones. The good news is HomeAway has places to suit large groups. Apartment holiday rentals are the leading option here for large groups of guests. Our global database presently has 219 available. The holiday properties that can provide for large groups in this area include:

  • On the lookout for rentals that can house 6 people? We have 417 that will be perfect. The prices start from £22 per night.
  • After a place for 5 people? We have 357 that will be perfect. You can book one for as little as £26 a night.
  • On a trip away with a group of 8? We have 167 holiday rentals that will be perfect. Prices begin at just £17 a night.

You and your crew will be more than satisfied when you organise your Palermo getaway with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Palermo?

Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Reconnect with those who mean the most to you and organise a budget-friendly holiday with HomeAway. When it comes to looking for a terrific deal, your first port of call should be Montegrappa. Here, HomeAway has 345 holiday rentals at an average price of £57 a night. You'll find another 588 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Corso dei Mille - Sant'Erasmo. The average price in this area is £60 a night.