Sicily will mesmerise you with its diverse landscapes, which range from sandy beaches and aquamarine bays to smoking volcanoes and lush Mediterranean forests. Base yourself in the bustling capital of Palermo or escape to a laid-back beach resort of a charm-soaked hilltop village. Lip-smacking food and wine make Sicily a paradise for food lovers.
Things to do in Sicily
As the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, there’s no shortage of beaches to discover in Sicily. In Palermo, Mondello Beach promises sugar-white sand, shallow water and an elegant Art Nouveau bathhouse. Hidden gems like Isola delle Correnti on the island’s south-eastern tip are rocky and remote.
While exploring Sicily you’ll have the chance to dive deep into the island’s ancient past. On the south coast, Temple of Concordia is one of the oldest and best-preserved Greek temples in Europe. Selinunte is another awe-inspiring archaeological site and is dotted with centuries-old temples.
Like most Italian regions, Sicily has its own unique flavour. Across the island, you’ll find restaurants and taverns serving mouth-watering dishes such as Pasta alla Norma, a local specialty made with fried eggplants, grated ricotta and fresh basil. The seafood is incredible, with fishermen hauling in mussels, scallops, shrimp, swordfish and calamari from the Mediterranean Sea.
Mountains, volcanoes, forests and coastlines make Sicily an eye-popping destination for hikers. Trails wind across the island and immerse you in the stunning natural beauty of Sicily. Vendicari Reserve in the island’s south-eastern corner features uncrowded trails that lead to hidden beaches and ancient archaeological sites.
The Aeolian archipelago is set off the northeastern coast of Sicily and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kayak in cobalt-blue bays, bask on black-sand beaches and trek up the mighty Stromboli Crater. Quattrocchi Viewpoint on Lipari commands sweeping views over the islands and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
Getting around Sicily
All major cities and towns in Sicily are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, including Palermo, Catania, Cefalù and Syracuse. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Sicily at your own pace. Direct flights run between Catania–Fontanarossa Airport and the Italian mainland, as well as other European countries.