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 luminous volcanoes lit the night sky 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.
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 kilometres 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 its own individual characteristics, too numerous to mention. For a special experience, visit the salt-pans near Marsala, 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 vast variety of sights that can be appreciated by bus, which gives you 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 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 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.
Add to this, atmosphere, natural Sicilian charm and a lot more!