Rich architectural heritage, and a romantic history
Sicily holidays whisk you off to the tip of the south east coast of Italy, situated in the wonderful warm waters between the Mediterranean and Ionian Sea.
A holiday to Sicily will enthral you with its incredible variety of sights, rich architectural heritage and wonderful coastlines. Its romantic history is fascinating and you won't be able to resist a little culture while you are there, even though lying on a sunny beach all day is equally as tempting.
The island has a wonderful sunny climate, Sicily holidays are popular throughout spring and into autumn and its winter rainfall ensures the island is full of fantastic flowers and scents, keeping the olives, figs, peach, orange and lemon trees succulent. Accommodation on late deals to Sicily is varied, with hotels and villas a popular choice, while some can be a bit more exclusive and therefore slightly more expensive, there are resorts with accommodation to suit every budget.
The capital city of Sicily is Palermo, a vibrant place with colourful markets, street cafes and awe-inspiring architectural heritage. Relax with a coffee or traditional almond wine and let the hustle and bustle of Italian life pass you by. Then head to Mondello Lido to enjoy the soft sandy beaches and succulent fish restaurants.
Sicily is an excellent choice for keen walkers, especially in the cooler spring or autumn months when the mountainous regions are a haven. Take a guided walk up Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, or take the eerily atmospheric night climb; an experience not to be missed. At the base of Mount Etna, sloping towards the Ionian Sea, is Sicily's second city of Catania, home to the island's airport and a city that needed rebuilding in the 1700's after being devastated by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, it is still littered with Greek and Roman ruins.
Quick Sicily Tips
The currency in Sicily is the Euro
The main language spoken is Italian then Sicilian
Palermo is the capital city of Sicily
The population is approximately 5 million
The flight time from the UK is just over 3 hours
Holders of a valid UK passport do not need a visa to visit Sicily
Mount Etna on Sicily is the highest mountain in Italy, south of the Alps and the tallest active volcano in Europe
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea
Make sure you pack enough sun block as it gets hot out here! One of the highest ever temperature recorded in Europe was in Sicily, when on the 10th August 1999, the thermometer registered 48.5 degrees Celsius, that's a whopping 119 Fahrenheit!