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Discover Sicily and what to do and see

By PETER | Villa Specialist | Thursday, July 13, 2023

Discover Sicily and what to do and see

Sicily is an island that seamlessly blends rich history, stunning landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. From historic towns like Taormina and Syracuse to the rugged beauty of the Aeolian Islands. Whether you yearn to explore ancient ruins, relax on one of many pristine beaches, or embark on outdoor adventures, Sicily has it all.

And if you're searching for an extraordinary way to experience this remarkable destination, then a private villa with Sun-hat Villas is the perfect answer where luxury, comfort, and authenticity can be intertwined to create an unforgettable experience.

Here are some suggestions of our top things to do and experience whilst staying on a villa holiday in Sicily:


#1. Beaches

With over 1,000 km of coastline, Sicily offers a wide variety of beaches, from secluded coves to bustling resort towns. Whether you're looking for a quiet getaway or a lively beach scene, you're sure to find a beach that suits your preferences on this beautiful island.

Here are some of the most popular beaches in Sicily:

San Vito lo Capo: Located on the northwestern coast of the island, San Vito lo Capo is one of the most popular beaches in Sicily. It features clear turquoise waters, soft white sand, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Mondello: Located on the outskirts of Palermo, Mondello is a picturesque beach with crystal-clear waters and white sand. It is a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.

Isola Bella: Located near Taormina, Isola Bella is a small island with a beautiful beach and crystal-clear waters. The beach is accessible by a stone path that connects it to the mainland, and visitors can also explore the island's nature reserve.

Scala dei Turchi: Located near Agrigento, the Scala dei Turchi is a unique beach known for its stunning white cliffs and turquoise waters. Visitors can climb the cliffs and enjoy panoramic views of the sea.

Cala Rossa: Located on the island of Favignana, Cala Rossa is a secluded beach with crystal-clear waters and a rocky coastline. It is accessible by boat and offers a peaceful retreat from the crowds.


Beach, Sicily
Beach, Sicily
Stair of the Turks beach, Sicily
Stair of the Turks beach
Stair of the Turks beach, Sicily
Stair of the Turks beach
Cala Rossa Beach, Sicily
Cala Rossa Beach
Mondello Beach, Sicily
Mondello Beach
San Vito lo Capo beach, Sicily
San Vito lo Capo beach

#2. Mount Etna Tours

Rising majestically on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mount Etna stands as an iconic symbol of natural wonder and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Mount Etna draws tourists and adventurers alike and there are several ways to visit this geological site.

A guided tour is the best way to experience Mount Etna and there are numerous jeep and off road 4x4 bus tours available which is the most popular and advised way to explore the mountain's rugged terrain. These tours often include stops at lava caves, craters, and other unique geological formations.

The cable car is a popular way to get a closer look at the volcano's crater and surrounding landscapes. The cable car ride takes visitors up to the 2,500-meter level, where you can enjoy stunning views of the volcano and the surrounding countryside.

You can also hike the volcano. Hiking is a popular way to experience Mount Etna's natural beauty up close. There are several hiking trails that lead to the summit of the volcano, ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging. It is recommended to go with a guide if you're not an experienced hiker, as the terrain can be unpredictable and dangerous.

Mount Etna tours, Sicily
Mount Etna tours, Sicily

#3. Palermo

No visit to Sicily is complete with out a visit to the capital city of the island, Palermo. Located on the north coast of the island. Palermo is a bustling and vibrant city with plenty to offer visitors interested in history, culture, and culinary delights. Its unique blend of architectural styles, multicultural influences, and lively markets make it a must-visit destination.

Palermo is also known for its lively markets, such as the Vucciria and Ballarò markets, where visitors can sample local street food and purchase souvenirs and handmade crafts. The city is also home to several art galleries and museums, including the Palazzo Abatellis and the Regional Archaeological Museum.

Palermo promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Sicilian culture.

Palermo, Sicily
Palermo, Sicily

#4. Syracuse

Visit the historic city of Syracuse located on the southeastern coast of Sicily, One of the oldest cities in Sicily which dates back to the ancient Greeks.

One of the main attractions in Syracuse worth visiting is the Neapolis Archaeological Park, which contains many ancient Greek and Roman ruins. The park includes a Roman amphitheater, a Greek theater, and the Ear of Dionysius, an impressive cave with excellent acoustics.

Another must-visit site in Syracuse is the island of Ortigia, which is the historic center of the city. Ortigia is a charming, pedestrian-friendly area that is home to many historic buildings and landmarks, including the Duomo, a stunning Baroque cathedral built on the site of an ancient temple.

Visitors to Syracuse can also explore the Catacombs of San Giovanni, which are underground tombs dating back to the early Christian period. The catacombs are an important historical and religious site, and they offer visitors a unique glimpse into the city's past.

A must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, ruins and charming streets.

Syracuse, Sicily
Syracuse, Sicily

#5. Selinunte

Calling all history buffs...

Step into the shoes of ancient Greeks as you explore the impressive ruins of this once-thriving city of Selinunte.

This fascinating archaeological site on the southwestern coast of Sicily will transport you back to the times of the ancient Greeks where you can imagine the bustling streets, the clatter of marketplaces, and the cheers echoing from the grand amphitheater. As you wander through the vast remains of temples and sacred spaces, it's hard not to feel a sense of awe and wonder at the sheer scale and intricate details of the ancient structures.

Selinunte is a place where the past comes alive, offering a thrilling adventure for history buffs and curious travellers alike.

Selinunte ruins, Sicily
Selinunte ruins, Sicily

Taormina

Taormina is a charming town located on the east coast of Sicily, known for its stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and its rich history. The town is perched on a hill overlooking the sea, and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily.

The town's main street is the pedestrianized Corso Umberto, which is lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes. The street is a popular place for visitors to stroll and take in the sights and sounds of Taormina.

Another popular attraction in Taormina is the Isola Bella, a small island located just off the coast. The island is home to a nature reserve and is a popular spot for swimming and snorkeling.

In addition to its natural beauty and historical sites, Taormina is known for its vibrant cultural scene. The town hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Taormina Film Festival and the Taormina Jazz Festival.

Overall, Taormina is a must-visit destination in Sicily.

Taormina, Sicily
Taormina, Sicily

#7. Erice

Nestled high atop a mountain peak overlooking the Sicilian landscape, lies the charming village of Erice, a place where time seems to stand still and the spirit of medieval Sicily comes alive.

Stepping into Erice feels like stepping back in time, where cobblestone streets wind through alleys, and colourful flowers cascade from every windowsill. As you explore this magical place, you'll stumble upon quaint artisan shops selling traditional crafts to pastry shops tempting you at every turn. Take a moment to savor a sip of almond-flavored wine, a local specialty, while enjoying breath taking views that stretch all the way to the  sea. Whether you're uncovering ancient castle ruins or indulging in sweet delights, Erice will leave you utterly captivated.

Erice, Sicily
Erice, Sicily

Staying in one of our Sicily villas

There's no end of wonderful villas in Sicily. From coastal properties with sea-views to romantic hideaways and elegant manor houses for a large family, you'll be spoilt for choice. Whether you want to be near the sea or city, have a swimming pool or garden, just let us know and we can recommend the perfect place for you.

Have a look at our entire portfolio of villas in Sicily.

If you'd like a little help, please contact us via our on-line form, or call us on +44 (0)1522 889450

Villa Sea Breeze, Sicily
Villa Sea Breeze, Sicily


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