Lying just off the toe of Italy’s boot, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. With a perfect mix of archaeological ruins and wonderful natural reserves, it is a destination that has plenty of things to offer. Whether you are travelling for a few days or a week, Sicily is best enjoyed with a travel planner such as the Absolute Sicilia.
First, let’s find out some the most attractive tourist destinations in Sicily.
Mount Etna is a huge part of ancient mythology and the largest active volcano in Europe. During the ancient times, the Greeks used to believe that it is the home to Cyclops – the giant, one-eyed monsters. Today, it is a massive tourist attraction, with modern bus and train services connecting it from Catania and Riposte. You can either hike up the woods during summer, ski down the peaks in winter, or ride up a cable car to witness the magical view from 3000m.
Located on the east coast of Sicily, the province of Catania is the second largest city in the island. The home to the Mount Etna, it also has a buzzing metropolis with vibrant fish markets and seafood restaurants. Among the archaeological sites, the must-see destinations include the Castello Ursino, the Cathedral of Saint Agatha, the Piazza del Duomo, the Amphitheatre of Catania, etc. You can also catch a glimpse of the famed Cyclopean Isles formed from the volcanic eruptions some 500,000 years ago.
For the lovers of historical ruins, the Valley of the Temples is like a heaven. With a perimeter of 1,300 hectares, it is the largest archaeological park in the world, consisting of eight different temples built between the 5 and 6 century BC. To emphasize its importance, it is the six column design of one of its greatly preserved Greek ruins – the Temple of Concordia that inspired the design of the UNESCO symbol.
Palermo is a vibrant metropolis, and the capital of Sicily. Known for its glorious history, art, culture, music, and cuisine; the city is the home to a 9th -century palace – the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Teatro Massimo – famous for opera performances, the Cappella Palatina – adorned with Byzantine mosaics, etc. The Quattro Canti is the traditional centre of Palermo with a symmetrical sky view.
Being the largest island, Sicily has some amazing beaches with delightful sand and tranquil water. Are you looking for any beaches near Palermo? The Mondello near Palermo is one of the best urban beaches in the world, while the Torre Salsa has a natural reserve of turtles. Moreover, the Lo Zingaro is filled with caves and coves, with the enchanting Cefalù charming its visitors with its Norman cathedral and pretty little shops by the beach.
In Catania you must visit the Faraglioni from Acitrezza (Acitrezza Stacks) volcanic rocks that are located a few meters off the shore. If you are travelling with your family you should visit the Playa of Catania.
The coast is undoubtedly preferred by the locals, a long sandy beach extending for about 3 kilometers in the south of the city.
No matter how many days you have, Sicily is too big and awesome to experience without a guide. Therefore, we recommend to book a package with Absolute Sicilia, who offers a great range of itineraries suitable for every needs. Experienced in catering to their worldwide B2B partners, they are the best to enjoy a perfect combination of sightseeing, activities, and foods.