Sicily: the largest islands in the Mediterranean
Sicily is a land of contrasts, a summary of all things Italian; the region has an incredible abundance of magnificent sights, scenery, history, and enchanting off-shore islands. So if you want to make the most of your visit, don’t be in too much of a rush to see everything; you must linger and relish the experience on this particular island!
A superb all year round climate with an emphasis on everything that is Italian helps make Sicily a country of distinctive fascination and intrigue. This is an island where luminous volcanoes lit the night sky with a backdrop of mountain ranges and a magnificent coastline. It is also a place where you will always find something to keep you busy: from lounging on golden sands, visiting ancient historical sites, skiing on Mount Etna, there is so much to see and do.
Sun, Sea and Sandy Beaches
The island of Sicily offers a bit of everything, with sea temperatures that make swimming possible all year round and many magnificent golden beaches. This include Trapani and the several kilometres of sandy beach at the Foce Del Belice nature reserve. For some relaxing entertainment, you can visit the beach at San Vito Lo Capo and enjoy the annual kite festival in May.
There is a wide and varied range of beaches surrounding the island to suit all preferences and each with its own individual characteristics, too numerous to mention. For a special experience, visit the salt-pans near Marsala at sunsets – an example of nature at its best. Hire a boat and explore the coastline with its panoramic views and excellent fishing.
Regional character and Mountain ranges
Sicily extends from Messina – the nearest location to the Italian mainland – to its capital city of Palermo. The Sicilian north coast provides some of the most beautiful beaches and panoramic views, with characteristic towns and three distinct mountain ranges. To the west you will discover the Peloritani and eastwards are the Nebrodi; they are separated in the centre by the Madonie range.
The northern coast of this extraordinary island boasts mountain peaks rising into the sky to heights of almost 2,000 metres (6,000 feet). Add to this extensive areas of agricultural land amongst which nestle picturesque, peaceful villages and you are visiting a landscapers dream! Should you be travelling from Italy’s mainland, then you have a choice of trains, ferries and flights connecting from all major Italian cities.
Travelling through history
Travelling in Sicily is not just a sightseeing experience; it is a journey through a country that lays claim to over 3000 years of history, which began with the landing of the Carthaginians in about 800 BC. It provides you with the opportunity of admire standing memories of almost every previous Mediterranean civilisation.
Sicily offers a vast variety of sights that can be appreciated by public transportation, allowing you to get in contact with the locals and enjoy a leisurely and fascinating view of the many and various aspects of the country. However, there is nothing like the travel flexibility that renting your own vehicle can provide and in which you can venture into those off the beaten track places. But if you are not a fan of driving, our Concierge can assist you in arranging a private transfer for a one-off trip or for your entire stay.
Taste the island
If you decide to stop-over in some of the small towns and village en-route, you will have the chance to taste the local cuisines. A journey along the coast will give you the options of eating fresh fish, such as the local delicacy known as “neonata” (nonnata), tuna and swordfish. In the mountain regions, you can experience delicious roast meats, cheeses and popular mushrooms.
Atmosphere, natural Sicilian charm and a lot more, the recipe for a dream holiday!