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!
Breathtaking scenery and family friendly fun
The port of Messina gives a wonderful opportunity to discover the intriguing history of this area, a place where English King Richard stopped on his way to the Holy land and thought to be where the Black Death first entered Europe. For panoramic, breathtaking views, a visit to Taormina is a must; with a cluster of Sicilian bars and restaurants mingling with stylish shops, then take the cable car down to Taormina Mare and enjoy the charming beach area; a popular choice for families, with accommodation to suit all budgets.
Giardini Naxos is an another excellent choice for families, to the east of the island, the crescent shaped beach of sand and shingle is lined by a promenade full of bars, restaurants and pizzerias. Floridia to the south-east of the island provides a tranquil atmosphere to suit everyone, with friendly Sicilian hospitality, an ideal base to explore the surrounding area, or discover the pretty buildings and enjoy the wonderful local cuisine of fish and pasta dishes.
To the north of Sicily you'll find Cetal, a small medieval town with cobbled streets and secluded shops and restaurants, with the long sandy beach making it another popular family destination, with accommodation catering for families and couples alike. The island of Sicily, offers some of the most stunning scenery and fascinating natural history in Europe. It will leave you with wonderful memories of colourful, interesting days and romantic Italian nights. You can book holidays to Sicily here online at Latedeals.co.uk.
Top Places to visit
Valley of the Temples
Located in Agrimento this group of immaculately preserved doric temples,of which the Temple of Concord is the shining light are the best example of this design outside Greece.A delightful assortment of Greek antiquities to visit.
One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mount Etna is located on the East coast of Sicily close to Messina and Taormina. This spectacular volcano is the largest in Italy and is the highest mountain in Europe south of the Alps.
These islands are located off the North East coast of Sicily and are a must see visit during the summer months. The fantastic beaches soon get crowded and the divine local cuisine made up of seafood specialities are also in huge demand.