Do you have any plans to visit Sicily for your next trip or holiday? Are you looking for the best places to visit? Want to know where to go to Sicily? The most beautiful beaches where you can sunbathe and relax and why not, rent one of those beautiful villas in Sicily by the sea for your holidays?
Excellent, there are so many places to visit in here, in this beautiful Italian island!
Sicily is a green spot overlooking the Mediterranean, characterized by a wide variety of landscapes, surrounding countryside, but also a multi-ethnic center and heart of trade and conquests over the centuries. It is the largest and southernmost Italian region, and in addition to its beautiful landscape and sea, it has many important cultural sites. Very famous is the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, and don’t miss the chance to visit the Roman theatre in Taormina or the baroque cities of Ragusa, Modica, and Noto.
And, of course, let’s not forget the delicious Italian cuisine! You will surely appreciate your stay on the island. Now the question is: What to see in Sicily and where to rent a villa by the sea?
What do to in Sicily and What to See
First of all, you have to decide what kind of holiday you have in mind. Are you more of an adventurer in search of hidden treasures or do you have a strong need to disconnect and relax on the beach?
Well, in this article we will recommend you a few tips for either a more cultural type of holiday and a sea-focused one. In this way, you can take inspiration for both situations.
Discover the Cultural Charm of Sicily
We could not begin this list of the cultural places to visit in Sicily without its capital, the city of Palermo. The town of Palermo offers a wide range of historical buildings and monuments, and it is the ideal place to visit if you are fascinated by churches and ancient palazzos.
Sightseeing attractions include the Norman Palace, the Cathedral of Palermo, the prestigious Teatro Massimo and the Ballarò market, where you can enjoy all the “Italianism” of this place.
Not far from Palermo, you can visit one of the most famous places in Sicily: the Cathedral of Monreale and its magnificent golden mosaics. To give you an idea: you will stand in front of 2200 kg of pure gold!
Taormina, also known as the Pearl of Sicily is our next not-to-be-missed spot in Sicily. This city is famous all over the world for the magnificent panorama that it offers on the Catania plain, on Etna and Isola Bella. It is one of the most touristy destinations in Sicily, so you need to be prepared by the number of people you will find in this vibrant city.
If you are on holiday in Sicily, a trip to the volcano Etna is impossible to miss. It is one of the main attractions of the island and is important for your Sicily tour.
From Taormina and Catania, you’ll find many vantage points that will allow you to admire it from afar. But since it is so close, it would be sad to miss the opportunity to get on it and see its crater, wouldn’t it?
Climbing the volcano will be an unforgettable experience!
The Blue Sicily: Stay in an Amazing Villa by the Sea
If you are interested in taking a holiday focused on the sea and relax, June and September are two great months to go on holiday in Sicily. This is not only for the more limited crowd but also for its temperature, warm but not too hot.
Where is it better to stay? Hotel or Villa?
We love all the small shampoos, small soaps and bathroom essentials that the hotels provide us with for free. But the situation changes when you reach something in the mini-bar or when you find yourself going every day to restaurants.
When you arrive in a villa by the sea, you can easily find a bottle of fresh water, the necessary for breakfast: coffee, tea, snacks, jam, toasts, fresh fruit or a bottle of local wine. All offered free of charge by the generosity of the owner!
The kitchen is usually equipped with everything you need to prepare breakfast or lunch without having to go to restaurants or bars every day. If you want a bit of privacy and intimacy, the hotels do not have many completely private spaces apart from their rooms.
It will also allow you to visit a place more locally, to live an experience in contact with the uniqueness of the place where you will be a visitor. The local fishermen, the market of fresh fruits and vegetables, the restaurant with typical products and most important the small beaches that you will be able to reach by walking distance.
Where to rent your villa by the sea in Sicily
Here is a top three list of the best seaside destination on the island, although it is tough to select only a few given the beauty in all the regions.
The ISLAND OF PANTELLERIA, in the province of Trapani.
It is one of the largest and most suggestive smaller Italian islands. Famous for the vineyards and for the ancient terraces overlooking the sea, both protected by UNESCO, which outline a particularly picturesque landscape.
SAN VITO LO CAPO, in the province of Trapani.
It is one of the most suggestive and well-equipped beaches on the whole island. Set between the promontory of Monte Cofano and the Zingaro Reserve, this area, led by the initiatives of the Municipality of San Vito lo Capo, alternates rugged coastlines, imposing beaches and equally majestic cliffs overlooking the sea.
The ISLAND OF USTICA, in the province of Palermo
With only 1,500 inhabitants and an area of 8.24 square kilometers, Ustica is an island that can brag about being the first marine protected area of the Bel Paese (in 1987). If you love snorkeling here, you can meet many species including Posidonia Oceanica, brown grouper, tuna, amberjacks, snappers, barracudas, breeches, as well as octopus and lobsters. This protected area in Ustica is a marine paradise to be discovered. The use of transparent-bottomed canoes, very recurrent here, will make you appreciate this reserved area.
Enjoy a Villa in one of these dreamy locations, pamper yourself and recharge your battery while enjoying la Dolce Vita!