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Sicily is the largest island in the Meditteranean just south of Calabria at the toe of Italy separated by the Strait of Messina. With 1,000km of coastline dotted with beautiful sandy beaches, incredible rock formations and surrounded by warm shimmering turquoise waters, Sicily boasts an abudance of summer resorts to suit all budgets and tastes.

However, Sicily is not just about beachlife - it has a fascinating interior and no more so than the domineering Mount Etna. Rising to 3,350m, Etna is Europe's largest and most active volcano - it last erupted in 2010. During the winter, its possible to go skiing on the snowy lava fields and through the lower forests - there is a ski resort with lifts, groomed pistes and ski school!

With direct flights to Palermo, Catania and Trapani, these cities are the main gateway to the island with many people tending to spend at least a few days exploring them before venturing out to discover the magical coastal resorts of Sicily and the mystical mountain villages.

Sicily at a glance
Capital Palermo
Currency Euro
Population 5,082,000
Coastline 1000kms
Highest Point Mount Etna 3,350m
Airports Palermo, Catania, Trapani, Comiso
Aeolian Islands
Aegadian Islands

Sicily is an all year round destination with long hot and dry summers and mild winters . The best time to visit is from April to June and from September to the end of October as this avoids the scorching hot summer holidays where temperatures can often reach to 44 °C (111 °F).

Featured villas in Sicily

Like most places, the options for self catering accommodation in Sicily cater for all budgets and tastes with a good mix ranging from farmhouses to luxurious beachfront villas and apartments. Holiday rentals are very popuar with families, friends and groups as they provide the freedom, flexibility and space to what you want, when you want - home from home.

If you are planning a holiday during the peak summer months in or around one of the main tourist hubs such as Taormina, Catania or Syracuse, then its advisable to book early as these villas and apartments are typically booked out early in the year.

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Featured resorts in Sicily

Things to see & do

There are too many fascinating places to visit and things to do in Sicily to list them all but we have put together some of our favourite things to see and do whilst on your holiday.

A few suggistions.....
Mount Etna - hiking, mountain biking and skiing in winter
Taormina and Isola Bella
Explore the capital Palermo
Skiing at Piano Provenzana resort, Mt Etna
Marsala wine tour
Syracuse & Archeological Park of Neapolis
Noto Valley and Palazzolo Acreides
Agrigent and the “valley of the temples”
Favignana Island
Alcantara Gorge
holiday rentals, mount etna covered in snow, sicily

Aeolian Islands

To the north of Sicily lies the volcanic archipelago Aeolian Islands that includes...

  • Lipari, the largest of the islands
  • Stromboli and Vulcano, which are active volcanoes, and
  • Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo

The islands are fascinating and worth visiting as part of your holiday in Sicily with steaming fumaroles and thermal water jets plus pristine uncrowded beaches.

Aegadian Islands

This chain of 5 small mountainous islands lie to the west of Sicily and are easily accessible by ferry from Marsala or Trapani. Favignana is the largest covering just 8 square miles and is where most tourists looking to get away from the crowds book their holiday rental.

The other islands in the archipelago are...

  • Levanzo
  • Marettimo
  • Formica and Maraone
stromboli volcano erupting, sicily
favignana island cala di bue, sicily

Our view on holidays in the Sicily

Sicily has always been a very popular tourist destination and these days, even more accessible with low cost airfares and value for money holiday rentals accommodation. It is an island of stark contrast from the tourist hub beach resorts with breathtaking scenery and luxurious hotels, clubs and designer boutiques, to the unspoilt inner mountain villages where time seems to have stood still.

In a nutshell, Sicily is a top family holiday destination, full of gastranonomic tradition, rich in culture, history and incredibly friendly.

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