Holidays to Sicily in 2014

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Sizzling Sunshine in Sicily

For holiday seekers looking for a memorable Mediterranean holiday, the island of Sicily, located at the tip of Italy's boot, provides the whole package. With its mix of golden beaches, Roman ruins, and the majestic Mt. Etna looming over fruit-filled orchards, the largest island in the Mediterranean serves up a memorable trip that will keep everybody smiling.

Explore the best of Sicilian culture, both ancient and modern, with a bit of sightseeing and magical days on the beach. From the classical mishmash of architecture in Palermo to the traditional Sicilian dishes served up in Catania and the stunning beaches that hug the coast, Sicily holidays satiate all palates.

Sleep Soundly in Sicily

For active holidays to Sicily with plenty of sightseeing, make sure to drop by Palermo, Sicily's lively capital city. After a long day, spend the evening sampling some of Italy's finest dishes, including the thin pizza-like sfincione and delicious seafood. Afterwards, burn those calories away with a night of dancing; Palermo and Catania are two of the best hotspots for an evening out in stunning Sicily.

Rest your head on soft pillows and fall asleep to the subtle sound of the sea in a beachside hotel in a small town minutes away from Taormina, or choose from a number of luxury hotels across the island in the large cities like Syracuse and Messina.

That’s Amore

At the top of the list for family-oriented holidays in Sicily is some fun in the sun, sea, and sand. There are several clean and safe Blue Flag beaches on the Italian island, including the Pozzalo, Ispica, Taormina and Porto Paolo beaches. With such an extensive coastline, there are plenty of pristine beaches and secluded spots to pick from.

Sicily also provides a great educational experience. The active Mount Etna, close to the city of Messina, is Europe's tallest and certainly deserves a visit. For the ancient Greeks that colonised Sicily, this mountain was believed to be the home of Vulcan, the God of Fire, and the one-eyed Cyclops!

With such a stunning landscape to enjoy on Sicily holidays, it’s easy to see where so many artists have received their inspiration; take a trip to a museum or art gallery to see the island’s highlights. Museo Archeologico di Taormina, built on the site of ancient Roman baths, offers an exciting day of discovery. Afterwards, enjoy a taste of Sicily's local gelato or head over to one of the many pizzerias for a bite.

Out and About in Sicily

In addition to its beaches, active volcano and museums, there are plenty of other attractions to visit during holidays to Sicily. Whether you are looking to relax or explore, there are opportunities for both.

The Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house, is a must-see in Palermo; time it right and catch one of its magnificent performances. Also, don't miss the intriguing underground Catacombs of the Capuchins; over 6,000 corpses have been mummified here, making for an interesting day out.

Situated in the town of Taormina you can find the beautiful ancient Greek theatre, Piazza Amerina. Dating back to seventh century BC, this site continues to stage dramatic productions and concerts. Another ancient architectural site that should not be missed is the Valley of Temples, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where there are several archaic and restored temples to be admired on holidays in Sicily.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hours
Local airport: Catania
Flight time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Top Beaches

Giardini Naxos is a coastal town well-known for its excellent beaches, Mondello Lido is the preferred beach of the residents of Palermo, Mortelle is home to some of the islands best beaches, Spiaggia Sabbie Nere is a gorgeous black volcanic sand beach and Lido Mazzarò is one of the islands most beautiful and unspoilt beaches.

Attractions

Sicily is an island that is made up of beautiful beaches. The white sands and clear blue waters of the island’s beaches are the ideal place to soak up the Mediterranean sunshine and relax. The island is known for its excellent food, and it is famed for its exceptionally high quality seafood, you absolutely must try some of the local delicacies at a traditional seafood restaurant on your holiday to Sicily, you won’t be disappointed.

Beach Actvities

The island of Sicily is surrounded by the clear blue, calm waters of the Mediterranean that are perfect for water sports of all kinds. Along many of the larger beaches that are more popular with tourists there is a wide range of water sports and water activities available such as canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and water skiing.

Hotels

If you have decided on a beach holiday in Sicily and would prefer to be as close to the beach as possible then don’t worry as a large number of the hotels on the island are located on or within easy walking distance of the beach. Many of the larger hotels even have their own stretch of private beach.