Nestled just at the bottom of the “boot” of Italy, Sicily provides the perfect holiday destination for those seeking a beach holiday with a difference. Sicily is renowned for its fascinating history and has been a centre of European culture since the Phoenicians first settled on the island in 900BC. Featuring well preserved historical sites from the Phoenician period, as well as Greek temples, Roman amphitheatres, Norman towers, Mediaeval towns and Baroque architecture, Sicily has some of the most diverse and awe-inspiring historical points of interest in Europe.
On top of this, Sicily’s stunning countryside is enough to take anyone’s breath away; with fecund pastoral landscapes beautifully juxtaposed by the smouldering Mt Etna, and fantastic beaches which are perfect for soaking up the sea and sun, it’s no wonder that so many people visit this wonderful Mediterranean island every year.
Sicily is also world renowned for its amazing food. Fresh fish and meat dominate menus all over the island, not to mention the world famous Sicilian pizza for which people travel from all over the world to sample. This wafer thin delicacy is one that just has to be tasted to be believed, and appears on the menu of most of the island’s restaurants. For those of you with a sweet tooth, there are also a plethora of Sicilian patisseries in which you can gorge yourself on marzipan-filled confectionery and cassata topped with sugared fruit.
Because of its booming tourist industry, you can also always be assured of quality accommodation. Holiday villas in Sicily are a particularly popular choice amongst visitors who want somewhere to relax and perhaps enjoy a glass or two of famed Sicilian wine in the privacy of their own holiday home. There are also a fantastic range of high quality apartments, hotels and character properties available.
When in Sicily, make sure that you visit the wonderful Zingaro Nature Reserve, and for a taste of tradition, the small towns of San Cipriello and Camporeale are an absolute must. Two weeks in Sicily is guaranteed to capture your imagination, so much so, that you may find yourself returning to this jewel of the Mediterranean over and over again for years to come.