Sicily is the largest of the islands in the Mediterranean. It has an incredible abundance of magnificent sights, scenery, history, and enchanting off-shore islands. 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 the night sky is lit by luminous volcanoes with a backdrop of mountain ranges and a magnificent coastline. It is also a place where you can always be occupied. From lounging on golden sands, visiting ancient historical sites, skiing on Mount Etna, there is so much to see and do.
Airports in Sicily
There are four designated airports servicing Sicily one of which is Palermo (PMO) in the north. It is located at Punta Raisa, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the city. The name of the airport is Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino and is intriguing because it was derived from two anti-Mafia investigators, who were assassinated in 1992. Although this airport is most convenient for United Kingdom budget travelers, it also caters for flights between other Italian destinations, including the Lampedusa and Pantelleria islands.
The Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) in the eastern part of Sicily is about 5 kilometres (3+ miles) from the town of Catania, with a bus service connection. There are also direct services provided to other destinations in Sicily, for example, Siracusa and Taormina. Although another option is Trapani in the west, it is small with far less scheduled flights, with a travel time to Palermo city, of about one hour.
Last, but not least is the Aeroporto Civile di Comiso, in the heart of Val di Noto, This is the ideal landing point for those visiting the Baroque towns of the region and the acclaimed beaches of the south coast, Agrigento or Piazza Armerina.
Sun, Sea and Sandy Beaches
This is an island that has everything, with sea temperatures that make swimming possible all year and many magnificent golden beaches. They include Trapani and the several kilometers of beach sand 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 and soothing sea.
There is a wide and varied range of beaches surrounding the island, to suit all preferences and each with it own individual characteristics, too numerous to mention. For a special experience, visit the salt-pans near Marsla, for extraordinary sunsets, which provide an example of nature, at its most beautiful. Hire a boat and explore the coastline with its panoramic views and excellent fishing.
Regional character and Mountain ranges
Sicily extends from Messina, which is 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.
With mountain peaks rising into the sky to heights of almost 2,000 metres (6,000 feet), the northern coast of this extraordinary island. 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, then you have a choice of trains, ferries, and flights connecting from primary Italian cities.
Travelling through history
Travelling in Sicily is not just a sightseeing excursion; 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 viewing standing memories of almost every previous Mediterranean civilisation.
Sicily, offers a huge variety of sights that can be appreciated by bus, which gives you the contact with the locals and a leisurely and fascinating view of the many and various aspects of the country. However, there is nothing like the travel flexibility that your own vehicle can provide and in which you can venture into those off the beaten track places.
Taste the island
If you decide to stop-over in some of the small towns and village en-route, you then have the chance to taste the local cuisines. A journey along the coast will give you the options of tasting 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 the popular mushrooms.
Add to this, atmosphere, natural Sicilian charm and a lot more!