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Make a holiday apartment in Avola your home away from home

HomeAway has a choice of apartments and holiday homes in Avola for you to browse. The town is right next to the Ionian Coast, with its rocky coves and gorgeous golden sandy beaches. History abounds here, with stunning baroque cities and ancient ruins very close. Avola holiday homes are contemporary buildings, laid out with family getaways in mind, offering gardens and shaded terraces, as well as spacious living areas. Sicily’s hot climate means that many Avola holiday apartments feature the comfort of air-conditioning, while outdoor barbecues are a welcome extra on those warm summer evenings.

Things to do

-Local history. Noto is mere minutes from Avola, and is held as one of the most beautiful towns on the island. It’s filled with splendid baroque architecture from the 1700s, earning UNESCO status, as well as the popular billing, “Garden of Stone”. There’s a host of ornate churches, a cathedral and a small collection of municipal buildings, all in the baroque style.

-Beaches. Avola sits next to a gorgeous stretch of coastline, with long sandy beaches bookended by interesting rock formations and craggy coves. The Avola waterfront has a fine sandy beach, and there are many more to discover a short drive away. Just up from the town is Capo Negro, with a natural arch, and beyond that is the sweeping, shallow bay at Gelsomineto.

-Cuisine. The local food is exquisite and has strong links with the sea. Lobster, anchovies, swordfish and tuna are among the main ingredients of both starters and main courses, while a regional speciality is a fish and onion soup cooked in the Syracuse style, involving squid, clams and mussels in a garlic, wine and tomato broth. Almonds are also produced in the farmland around Avola, and are mainly used as a filling in various pastries.

-Syracuse. Syracuse is an exciting city, where ancient architecture is part of everyday life. It was vital to the ancient Greeks, and is another UNESCO site. Hellenistic buildings to visit include the Temple of Apollo and the impressive Theatre, which has 67 rows. Syracuse’s old town is also lovely, and sits on Ortygia Island, connected to the mainland by bridges.

-Nature. Head inland and you’ll come to Sicily’s answer to the Grand Canyon. In the valley of the river Cassibile there’s a gorge that reaches depths of 250 metres within the Natural Reserve of the Cava Grande del Cassibile. It’s surrounded by fragrant pine forest and is a great place for a swim or for sunbathing on the warm rocks around the water basin.

Weather in Avola

Avola holiday apartments are in one of the warmest parts of Sicily, known already for its hot weather. The climate here is Mediterranean, with long summers bringing beach weather from late-April through to late-October. Mid-summer sees highs that soar above 30 degrees, and consistent rainfall is unheard of at this time of year. Spring and autumn conditions are moderate, with some warm days. Winters are mild and bring more rain than any other season, with January getting highs in the mid-teens and about eight rainy days each year.

Travel to Avola

Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) is around 70 kilometres north of the town of Avola. It’s a mid-sized airport with mostly seasonal connections with the UK via budget airlines. It’s a simple drive to Avola, along the A18 autostrada, which runs parallel to the coast. If you’re using public transport then there are bus services from Catania to Avola. For a quicker journey you could also take the train from Catania to Syracuse on the Messina-Siracusa line, and then catch a taxi or bus to your holiday destination.

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I stayed at this B&B with my wife, 3 children and my mother and father, we all loved it. My wife and I had the family room which had a mezzanine floor with 2 single beds upstairs and a king size and single bed downstairs. My parents had a double room, both were very spacious, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The owners and the staff were very friendly and really made you feel welcome. The location was fantastic, just a few minutes walk from the Piazza Umberto I, which is full of bars and restaurants, and around 15-20 minutes walk to the beach which has more bars and restaurants. Both areas are fantastic in the evening. There is also plenty of shops within a minutes walk, too. The facilities were great too, with a big swimming pool, parking and a tv in the room to keep the little ones happy while you get ready. You don't need a car to stay here but we had one as that's our preference. If you don't have one, you can get the staff to order a taxi for you. I recommend seeing Ortigia and Noto which are only a 30 minites drive. Taormina and Mount Etna are around 1hr 30m away but well worth the journey. I will definately be coming back as we only had 5 days here and there is so much more to see.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

idyllic setting with generous hosts

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What a beautiful place this is! We loved our time at this villa. It is simple and spacious inside, yet well equipped and comfortable. The hosts meet you at convenient location, just an hour from the airport, and then lead you up little back roads into the hills. The house is on a beautiful well-cared for plot of land, tucked away from the town. Beautiful views across to nearby hills. Star-lit and candle-lit at night. The hosts treated us generously with little gifts of produce throughout our stay: limoncello, marmalade, local wine...but best of all, the abundance of whatever is currently ripe in their extensive garden that surrounds the house ( we feasted on figs, almonds, lemons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, plums...).The outdoor area is shady and comfortable: a gentle breeze and the outdoor shower kept us refreshed. We had a most wonderful evening when the host family showed us how to use the pizza oven- the pizza feast was spectacular and the conversation gave us a real taste of Sicilian life! Just 15 mins drive from Avola- lovely golden sands and warm waves - and Noto - historic and impressive. Both towns made great places to spend time, drink coffee, eat ice cream, shop for provisions and eat out (Noto especially). Maps and leaflets about the area are in good supply in the house. We had fab trips out: Cavagrande canyon, quieter beaches in the Valdicari reserve, busier near Noto/Avola, Syracusa and mount Etna (just over an hour to Catania and then we took a a day's tour) - yet returning each day to this peaceful home and garden felt like the real treasure in the day. The owner pops in usually around late afternoon to water the garden, always unobtrusively. Lorena has excellent English and was most helpful, yet without disturbing our holiday at all, always adding to it! (They live in nearby Avola) We travelled as a couple with a teenage daughter (There is no wifi but she happily relaxed in the garden and found a hotspot about 5 mins walk down the road when desperate!). The upper floor is open plan but is well designed to offer two clear bedroom spaces. The wooden staircase is like a loft ladder. We have always found beautiful places with owner's direct, but this was extra special. We would love to return to this area and this property. Thank you, Lorena and Tori, for looking after us so well. We loved meeting you and enjoyed our time immensely.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 02, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017