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WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL ISLAND OF SICILY

A wonderful climate, friendly people, superb food and wine, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and a heady mix of cultural attractions, there really is something for everyone – Sicily has it all!

The areas featured are:

Western Sicily - Untrodden by mass tourism and closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, Western Sicily is fascinating to explore.

Cefalu - A vibrant town where shops and cafés abound and dominated by its Norman cathedral, Cefalu also offers stunning beaches.

San Vito Lo Capo - The resort boasts without doubt Sicily's best sandy beach and is a gem little known outside Italy. Life here is relaxed and low key and you will find no high rise developments here!

Castellamare Del Golfo - Is best suited to those who are looking to experience the 'real' Sicily and who enjoy a mixture of culture and relaxation, topped by some wonderful gastronomic experiences!

Palermo - Sicily's colourful and exotic capital is equally perfect as a year round short break destination or as part of a twin centre or touring itinerary.

Taormina & The North East - Best known for Mount Etna this area offers both rugged mountains to the north as well as elegant and stylish beach resorts to the east.

Siracusa & Baroque South East - Sicily’s best kept secret with stunning baroque architecture, beautiful beaches and excellent food and wine can all be found here.

Aeolian Islands - Salina is an enchanting and uncommercialised island, ideal for lovers of nature and perfect for recharging the batteries! Whilst Lipari, the largest Aeolian island boasts pretty landscapes with some excellent walking as well as a vibrant centre - perfect for mingling with the locals!

Agriturismo - Experience the real Sicily in authentic character properties. Staying in an 'agriturismo' property is ideal for those looking for an authentic Sicilian holiday with gastronomy high on their list of properties.

A wonderful climate, friendly people, superb food and wine, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and a heady mix of cultural attractions – there really is something for everyone – Sicily has it all!

Upon arrival in Sicily, although technically still in Italy, your senses tell you otherwise! This beautiful island’s rich and colourful past, colonized by the Greeks, Normans, Romans and Moors (to name just a few), has given rise to an incredible land of contrasts – from the fascinating ‘souks’ of Palermo and the tuna fisheries of Trapani to the majestic Greek temples of Agrigento and the baroque treasures of the south east.

Only a two and a half hours’ flight from the UK, Sicily truly is the ‘melting pot’ of the Mediterranean and is its largest island, perfectly nestled between the toe of Italy and the North African coast. Blessed with a fabulous climate, summers are long with temperatures sometimes reaching 25°C even as early as March/April and as late as October/November.

Today’s Sicily boasts a delightful range of accommodation, from characterful Moorish farmhouses, friendly family run three star B&B’s to stylish four star boutique properties and luxurious five star palaces. Whether you wish to simply relax and indulge yourself in one of the many exquisite hotels we offer, or explore this magical island with a multi-centre holiday – or a combination of the two – we will be pleased to assist!

It’s time for you to experience Sicily: you will fall in love with it like we have!

From Our Sicily Expert

“In 1978 I took a train from London to Palermo, Sicily. On arrival as I peered outside Palermo train station the view was a far more exotic one than mainland Italy. Rows of palm trees, deep blue skies with baroque backdrops and a vocal street hawker whipping up ‘brioches con gelato’ topped with freshly made cream.

This assault on my 16 year old senses was the beginning of a 35 year journey and love affair with the incredible island of Sicily. This stunning destination boasts a heady mix of culture, incredibly friendly people, great weather, superb cuisine and wine and gorgeous beaches.

The very best of Italy but with an exotic twist! Lots of people are talking about Sicily. Whether it’s due to television programmes such as ‘Montalbano’ and ‘Sicily Unpacked’ or friends and relatives who have holidayed there, the one-time shroud of mystery surrounding this magical island has now been lifted . Go and see for yourself! However, flights do get busy, so book early.

I have lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout Sicily and carefully selected all the properties in this brochure. My intention is to provide ‘something for everyone’ and to convey the huge variety between the different regions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me on if I can be of assistance in creating your perfect holiday. Wishing you a fabulous time in Sicily – look out for my tips throughout the brochure! ”

Paul Stratton

HISTORY

Due to its strategic trading location in the Mediterranean, Sicily was fought over and colonized during past centuries by the Greeks, Normans, Phoenicians and the Moors. Each of hese civilizations left its mark on the island providing today a rich collection of stunning Greek temples and sites, namely those of Segesta, Agrigento, Selinunte and Siracusa. Beautifully frescoed Norman churches can be found throughout the island (especially in Palermo) and the small baroque gems such as Ispica, Scicli and Ortigia are simply breathtaking.

GASTRONOMY

Sicily is a gastronomist’s paradise! Take Italy’s delicious cuisine and embellish it with wonderful local sun drenched produce, together with spices brought over by the Moors. Western Sicily’s cous cous with fish, pasta dishes using fennel, pistachio and raisins, fresh seafood (don’t miss a visit to Vittorio’s in Porto Palo!). Sicilian ice cream, probably the best in Italy, served up in a sweet bun (brioche) and the ‘granita’ (water ice) is simply divine. Wine production is now better than ever with some excellent reds, such as the fruity Cerasuolo di Vittoria and fine whites such as Inzolia. We can even offer properties specialising in gastronomy with cooking lessons, so please do ask.

NATURE

Spring in Sicily is a wonderful time to visit with beautiful yellow fields of wild flowers providing a striking contrast to rolling green hills and deep blue skies reflecting against the lovely Mediterranean sea. You may catch sight of some rare species of birds which pass through enroute to or from Africa – the wild Vendicari nature reserve in the South East is a good spot for this. Dolphins are frequently viewed both around the Plemmirio Marine Reserve near Ortigia and the stunning coastline of the Zingaro Marine Reserve between Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo.

BEACH

Boasting a fine collection of both sand and pebble beaches, providing safe bathing and some excellent snorkelling. For those looking for the ultimate in beautiful, wide sandy beaches, San Vito Lo Capo is reminiscent of the tropics, with its fine white sand and crystal clear waters. Cefalu’s sandy beach, with excellent bathing for children, is very close to both its lively resort centre and hotels. The Zingaro Marine Reserve has some lovely coastal walks and little pebble coves with superb snorkelling, as do the rocky inlets around Taormina.

TOURING/MULTI-CENTRE

From the exotic, wild West to the mesmerising Mediterranean East, a stay in two or three locations of this idyllic island really paints a perfect picture and adds real variety. Perhaps explore for a week and then relax, or mix a character property with a luxury one. Avoiding Palermo and Catania, driving is relatively easy, but if you’d prefer we’d be happy to arrange a private transfer from one area to another! Please click here for more details.

CAR HIRE

Whilst a car will offer you the freedom to explore this fascinating Island at your own leisure, a car is not required in some of the larger towns like Palermo, Taormina and Cefalu.

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