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Vacation in Sicily

 

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Passionate and generous, Italy inspires with its different faces. An emblematic country of culture, art and fine cuisine, it’s also a holiday destination par excellence for all those who are looking to relax under the sun, for those who are willing to remain active or culture enthusiasts. From the Adriatic to Calabria, passing by the Gulf of Sorrento, from Sicily to Sardinia, you can find the same passion for life everywhere. The famous Dolce Vita celebrates beauty and happiness!

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Sicily

 

The majestic Etna volcano embodies the intensity of Sicily, with its unique mountainous landscapes ringed by dream beaches. Taormina, located 250 meter above the sea will ensure a treat for your eyes, offering you unparalleled panoramic views. The richness of a quintessentially Mediterranean vegetation is in sync with the cultural and artistic dimension of the region. The many possibilities to explore the island from every angle promise a holiday of intense emotions.


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Taormina

Taormina is one of the most beautiful places in Italy, perched on a natural terrace, and with the Etna as a backdrop. The streets bordered with boutiques, the Greek theatre, Corso Umberto and its many taverns accentuate the charm of the town.
Bordering the sea, Mazzaro and Letojanni which are next to Taormina, are very much appreciated seaside resorts. The beaches below Taormina are accessible by cable-car and minibus. Distance to Catania airport : approx. 60 km.

 

Castelmola

This small village overlooking Taormina from Mount Tauro offers a breathtaking view of the sea and Mount Etna. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily, it was built around a castle dating back to the Norman period. Its structure and typical streets have retained a medieval character and are clearly worth a stopover. Distance to Catania airport: 65 km.

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Giardini Naxos

At Capo Schiso, excavations have revealed the ruins of the first Greek colony in Sicily as well as the remnants of tombs dating back to the Bronze Age. Today, Giardini Naxos is a holiday centre bordered by long beaches of sand and gravel. Distance to Catania airport : approx. 55 km.

 

Syracuse

The city is a very important archaeological centre. Ruins of monuments, artwork and statues provide a full picture of its history. Founded in the 8th century BC on the Island of Ortygia, Syracuse very quickly became an important city, as evidenced by remnants from the Greek and Roman periods. After the Roman occupation, the city fell into decline. Distance to Catania airport : approx. 68 km.

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Letojanni

This charming location has been a popular holiday destination since the 1960s. Its long pebbled beaches are lapped by a crystal clear sea. During the summer months you will enjoy a lively nightlife, especially along the promenade, with restaurants, bars and shops open until late. Distance to Catania airport: approx. 65 km.

 

Campofelice di Roccella

This charming village features natural and historical treasures, including the remains of a castle from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the long, beautiful beach. The land is also very fertile and allows for growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables. Distance to Palermo airport : 85 km.

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Cefalú

This seaside resort was built on the top of a leafy hill and has a very beautiful and extensive white sandy beach. With its historic centre and impressive cathedral, Cefalù is culturally renowned. In the heart of the town, there are various restaurants, shops and artisans’ workshops built in the quintessential Sicilian style. Palermo airport is located at 112 km. 

 

Pollina

This pretty tourist resort near Cefalù boasts a beautiful fine sand beach. The community is also very closely connected with the land: the harvest of manna is still celebrated with great pomp at Finale di Pollina in June. Distance to Palermo airport : approx. 100 km. 

 

 

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Castiglione Di Sicilia

This charming little village located between Randazzo and Taormina is perched on a hill in the midst of the Alcantara river valley. The Lauria castle proudly dominates Castiglione di Sicilia from the promontory where it is established. Distance to the airport : 72 km.

 

Terrasini

This old small fishing village little by little turned into a small seaside resort. Located on the Gulf of Castellamare, it constitutes an excellent starting point to discover the region's treasures and its main cultural attractions such as the beautiful medieval castle, the Zingaro nature reserve or even the picturesque village of Scopello. Distance to the airport : approx. 15 km. 


Must-do & Must-see – our suggestions

Must-do

  • Sicily is dotted with small islands all around its coast. Some are very touristic and others are more secret. Favignana, off the coast of Trapani, is part of the Aegadian archipelago. Dotted with unexpected coves and translucent waters, it has a charming and exotic flair and looks a little bit like the end of the world. All you have to do is take the ferry. Discovering the island on your bicycle is an excellent option to take the necessary time and stop wherever you like to enjoy each moment.
  • Sicily has a beautiful and delicious dish, which looks like little oranges, called "Arancini". This is a fried rice ball with tomato sauce and minced meat (in the traditional version). It is a real institution in Sicily! You can eat it as you like, in the street, while walking and with your hands! Not very expansive and delicious, they are mostly homemade with the expert hands!

 

Must-see

  • In Sicily, you will come across magical places where, for a moment, time seems to stand still... The Marsala Salt Works are one of them! At nightfall, the horizon reveals an extraordinary range of colours. Enjoy this intense moment and the spectacle of pink flamingos resting on the water in front of white salt dunes and windmills still in operation. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset!
  • The "Scala dei Turchi" (Stairs of the Turks) is a true miracle of nature formed by erosion and wind that have sculpted remarkable sinuous curves on a white limestone cliff. This imposing, immaculate rock contrasts with the turquoise blue of the sea and is built in the form of a staircase with endless steps.
  • The ancient theatre of Taormina has served for theatre performances since Greek antiquity. This exceptional place offering perfect acoustics is still the stage for plays, concerts and even ballets. Enjoy these artistic performance under the Sicilian sky filled with stars as well as the magical view of the Etna in the background.

Excursions

The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. Certain excursions are available from hotels in the Catania area and other excursions are available from hotels in the Palermo area. The different excursions will be presented to you on site by your Luxair Tours guide. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.

  • The poet Pindare said that Agrigento was ‘the most beautiful town ever built by man’. Visit the Valley of the Temples (one of the best-preserved sites in the world).

    Agrigento is known throughout the world for its magnificent Valley of the Temples and the sacred area of ancient Akragas, one of the largest colonies of Magna Graecia. The Valley of the Temples includes some wonderful remnants from the ancient world: the Temple of Hercules, the majestic Temple of Concordia (one of the best-preserved temples in the Greek world), the unfinished Temple of Olympian Zeus – the largest Doric construction in the western world – the Temple of Hera Lacinia and the extensive Hellenic and Roman district where it’s possible to see dwellings and houses with Hellenic-style patios with their well-preserved coloured mosaics and elegant mural paintings. These monuments all date from the 5th century B.C. In addition to quintessential archaeological treasures, the National Archaeology Museum also houses the famous Ephebos, an original Greek statue from 470 B.C. The 11th-century cathedral and the San Spiritu monastery, with its interior decorated in wonderful Baroque stucco, are the most significant monuments from the modern era.

  • Called ‘Mongibello’, or ‘Gebel’ by the Arabs (meaning ‘mountain’), the highest volcano in Europe (3,345 m) is still active. It is a magnificent natural spectacle and source of great pride to the Sicilians. Continuation towards Taormina, the pearl of Sicily, with a visit to its Greco-Roman theatre offering you a sumptuous view of the coast and Etna.

    You will cross the hinterland of Sicily before arriving at Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe, which is still active. This pride of the Sicilian people is a magnificent natural spectacle. The bus takes you to an altitude of 1,900 m. Afterwards, you will have 2 to 3 hours of free time to climb by cable-car up to the highest point at 3,300 m, if you wish. Not included in the price.
    Followed by departure to Taormina, a wonderful town at the foot of Etna with a splendid view of the whole bay. Free time to visit the town and do some shopping. Don’t forget to visit the famous Greco-Roman theatre! Return via Messina.

  • In the island’s hinterlands you will be able to visit quintessential Sicilian villages, see a variety of nature and try Sicilian specialities.

  • You leave in the morning towards Milazzo to take the boat to Lipari, visit the island, then continue on to Vulcano, one of the most interesting islands on the Aeolian archipelago. Visit to archaeological sites and bathing on the black beach.

    The Aeolian Islands (or Lipari) are located off the north-east coast of Sicily. Their name comes from Aeolus, the god of wind. Seven of the islands are inhabited: Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Stromboli.
    Vulcano, the closest to Sicily, has a surface area of 20 km² and is made up of three volcanoes. The island is renowned for its geological and volcanic beauty.
    Milazo is a port on the north-east coast of Sicily and is reached in one hour by road. From there you will board a boat to Vulcano. The crossing takes approximately 1 hour 30 min.
    The walk to the Large Crater (386 m) is very interesting, as is the tour of the island by boat (additional charge). However, if perhaps you prefer to take sulphur baths and enjoy a swim in water warmed by underwater springs, then a pleasant day spent in Vulcano offers just that.

  • Depart for Monreale, near Palermo, visit to the 12th-century Norman cathedral, with its perfectly preserved mosaics, and the Benedictine monastery. Free time in the town for a stroll or a coffee in one of the town squares, and perhaps the option of visiting one of the gardens with unobstructed views of the valley of Conca d’Oro. Continue to Palermo, capital of the island located at the foot of Mont Pellegrino, to discover the treasures of this wonderful city.

    Morning visit to Monreale, a marvellous town 8 km from Palermo on Monte Caputo. You will visit the magnificent cathedral there that is decorated with more than 6,000 m² of golden mosaics. Afterwards, there will be free time to enjoy a quintessential Italian coffee, an optional visit, or a walk through the gardens of the town. Afterwards, departure for Palermo, where you will have a guided tour of the city through its historic centre (Avenue de la Libertà, Massimo and Garibaldi Theatre, les Quattre Canti). On foot, you will visit the San Giovanni degli Eremiti church built on the remnants of an Arab mosque, the Cappella Palatina, a wonderful example of Arab-Byzantine style, and the magnificent Arab-Norman cathedral in Palermo. Free time for lunch and shopping. Optional visit to the Capuchin Catacombs with 8,000 mummified remains, including the exceptionally well-preserved mummy of a child who died in 1920, Rosalia Lombardo.

  • This city is a world-renowned archaeological centre. Ruins of monuments, works of art and statues provide a full picture of its history. Founded in the 8th-century B.C. on the island of Ortygia, Syracuse very quickly became an important city, as evidenced by remnants from the Greek and Roman periods. After the Roman occupation, the city fell into decline. Visit: the Fountain of Arethusa, the cathedral, the archaeological site of Neopolis with its latomies (quarries used as prisons), the famous cave known as the ‘Ear of Dionysos’, the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheatre.
    Departure for Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage City. It is a tourist destination known for its historical and Baroque architectural heritage. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily. Return scheduled for late afternoon

  • In the island’s hinterlands you will be able to visit quintessential Sicilian villages, see a variety of nature and try Sicilian specialities.

For more information and bookings, please contact your LuxairTours guide on site.

 


Important information

 

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