HOLIDAYS TO SICILY ONLY 2.5 HOURS FROM THE UK

The melting pot of the Mediterranean

Sicily

Although technically still in Italy, when you arrive at this wonderfully welcoming island your senses reveal the diverse influences of a rich and colourful past. Colonisation by the Greeks, Normans, Romans and Moors (among many others) has given rise to a diverse melting pot of culture and landscape - from the Baroque treasures of the south east and the tuna fisheries of Trapani, to the magnificent Greek temples of Agrigento and the intriguing 'souks' of the capital, Palermo.

Just two and a half hours by air from the UK, holidays to Sicily allow you to access the culture and majestic natural beauty of the largest island in the Mediterranean. Nestled between the North African coast and the toe of Italy, its fantastic climate provides long, leisurely summers, with temperatures sometimes reaching 25°C even as late as October/November and as early as March/April.

The island boasts an extensive range and variety of accommodation, from charming family run three-star B+Bs and unique Moorish farmhouses, to sophisticated four-star boutique properties and luxurious five star palaces. Whether you want to explore the entire island with multi-centre Sicily holidays, or simply want to relax and indulge in one of the many excellent hotels we offer – or a combination of both – we'll be more than happy to assist

History

As a result of its strategic trading location in the Mediterranean, the island was embattled and colonised over the centuries by the Greeks, Normans, Phoenicians and Moors. Each of these ancient civilizations left its mark, in the tiny Baroque gems of Ispica, Scicli and Ortigia, the beautifully frescoed Norman churches found throughout the island (especially in Palermo), and the rich heritage of magnificent Greek temples and sites such as Segesta, Agrigento, Selinunte and Siracusa.

Gastronomy

A true gastronomist’s paradise, the island has its own unique take on Italy’s delicious cuisine. Along with spices introduced by the Moors, it's been embellished by the addition of the superb sun-drenched local produce, with specialties like the western region's signature couscous, magnificent fresh-caught seafood, and pasta dishes using fennel, pistachio and raisins. The 'granita' (water ice) and the Sicilian ice cream, probably the best in Italy and served up in a delicious brioche (a sweet, soft bun), are both divine.

The island's wine production is better than ever today, with fine whites, like Inzolia, and excellent reds, such as the fruity Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

For the real foodies, we can also offer properties specialising in gastronomy, complete with cooking lessons – just ask!

Nature

Sicily holidays in the spring reveal wonderful changes in the landscape, with fields of stunning yellow wildflowers creating a vivid contrast to the verdant hills, and deep blue skies reflecting back into the azure Mediterranean Sea. The wild Vendicari nature reserve in the south east is the ideal place to encounter some of the rare species of birds passing through on their way to or from Africa, and dolphins are often sighted along the stunning coastline of the Zingaro Marine Reserve, between Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo, and also around the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, near Ortigia.

Beaches 

Boasting a fine collection of both sand and pebble beaches, there are myriad opportunities for safe bathing and snorkelling. With fine white sand and incredibly clear waters, San Vito Lo Capo is the ultimate wide, sandy beach and is reminiscent of the tropics. Cefalu's beautiful beach provides excellent safe swimming for children and is close to the hotels and lively centre of the resort, while the Zingaro Marine Reserve offers a range of delightful coastal walks and pebble coves for snorkelling, as do the rocky inlets around Taormina.

Touring & Multi-centre Sicily Holidays

Multi-centre holidays offer the opportunity to explore both the exotic wild west and the mesmerising Mediterranean east, with a stay in two or three different locations painting an authentic, immersive picture of this idyllic island.

You can combine a stay in a charming character property with time in a luxury one, allowing you the freedom to explore and totally relax in equal measure.

Driving is relatively easy on holidays in Sicily if you avoid the hustle of Palermo and Catania, but we can also easily arrange private transfers to get you from one place to another.

Car Hire 

While not necessary in larger towns like Palermo, Taormina and Cefalu, a car offers the freedom to explore further afield at your leisure.