As Sicily is the largest island in Italy, the possibilities for travel are almost endless. It is a pristine land with many exotic ancient ruins, popular beaches, and islets. Sicily also attracts tourists all year round with its perfect combination of warm weather, rich history, delicious food, a lively nightlife and, above all, a relaxing atmosphere. If you are planning a vacation in Sicily, then it is a great travel idea.
Sicily will definitely help you to make the most of your vacation and allow you spend an amazing time with family or friends. Before you make the itinerary for the trip, check out these top places you can visit in Sicily.
Valley of the Temples – this is a series of eight temples on the hills outside of Agrigento, is undoubtedly Sicily’s most fascinating historical destination. This amazing site is known among the people as the Valley of the Temples, one of the best places for archaeologists in the world.
These include Temple of Concord, Temple of Juno, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Hercules, Temple of Castor and Pollux, and Temple of Asclepius. This is an amazing place where you can learn more about the rich history of Sicily and the mythology behind the creation of the temples.
Taormina – the city is famous for its magnificent views overlooking the Catania Plain, Mount Etna and Bella Island. It is one of the most popular tourist cities in Sicily, so it is best to make the most of your stay during the off-season. If you have decided to visit the east coast of Sicily, this is a must visit. Taormina also offers you a wonderful getaway from the daily hustle and noise of the urban life.
The following are the must-see attractions in Taormina: Go to Isola Bella, this small island and its beaches have made a huge contribution to the city’s fame. Visit Taormina, Greece From Piazza IX Aprile Climb (Piazza IX Aprile Climb), enjoy the beautiful view of Etna (Etna) and the sea. Climb the 300 steps leading to the Madonna della Rocca church and a bird’s eye view of the surrounding scenery.
Scala dei Turchi – Scala dei Turchi, is a unique and beautiful place with white limestone cliffs overlooking the sea between Realmonte and Porto Empedock. The white rocks and turquoise waters promenade were a major tourist destination for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming on the beach. Don’t forget to order your favorite cocktail and enjoy it at the beach. Visitors can climb up and down the white rock steps from the balcony to explore and witness the natural beauty of the blue sea. With its long beaches and white cliffs, this beautiful place was introduced by UNESCO in 2007 and should be on your must-see list.
The dense vegetation nearby also allows you to go for hiking trips and explore the beautiful flora & fauna that exists here. There are many hiking trails around the area. If you love hiking, then this island is really worthwhile.
Touré Salsa – With golden sands and blue waters, this beach is a hidden natural beauty and not as popular as other beaches. This beach stretches for several kilometers along the coast between Agrigento and Salinunte and is one of the longest beaches in Sicily. This nature is well preserved for flora and fauna.
Less crowded than other beaches, you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful vacation here. This beach is absolutely ideal for those who are looking for a peaceful and noise-free getaway. The beaches are almost empty here and that is why you can easily relax throughout the day without anyone to disturb you. Order some delicious local food and enjoy it with your favorite food right away.
Mount Etna – if you are in Sicily, it is impossible to miss Mount Etna. It is one of the main attractions on the island and should definitely be included in your trip to Sicily. This volcano attracts thousands of tourists every year to Sicily. From Taormina and Catania, there are a plethora of few points from where you can admire its beauty. But since it is so close, it would be sad to miss the opportunity to climb and see its crater, right?
The best way is to choose a one-day or half-day tour with a guide. Starting from Catania or Taormina, many tour operators offer a complete package that ia going to cost you anywhere around 55 Euros, including transportation, equipment, guides and 4×4 vehicles. Of course you can also drive there, but you will not be supervised, so be careful. Make sure to take suitable shoes & equipment.
Calamos Beach – This majestic 200-meter-long cave in Vendicari was created naturally between two rock outcrops. This sparkling crystal beach was voted the most beautiful and famous beach in Italy in 2005 by Legambiente’s Blue Guide. You can see a lot of sea creatures like sea Turtles coming up on the beach at different time of the day. The relaxing atmosphere around this place also attracts birds and other marine life all the time
The calm, clear waters make it a great place for tourists to enjoy diving and other water activities. To reach Kaloushmou beach, take the SP19 suburban road from the direct entrance and travel 1-2 km to reach the beach. You can even hire a charter yacht here and enjoy an extravagant time with your friends and family. It will be a fantastic experience!
Zingaro – the sanctuary of Zingaro is one of the most attractive and precious natural gems, where the sea and wildlife coexist. Founded in 1981 in the village of San Vitre Capo, the first nature reserve on the island of Sicily stretches 7 km from the coast. It is the most peaceful and quiet place where only the sound of the wind and the sea can be heard. There is no road to Sanrion, so there is no road for cars or other vehicles to travel. This is easily one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sicily and we guarantee you that you will be in an awe of the place. It is definitely one of the best natural wonders that we have seen around Sicily.
San Leone – a lot of people visit San Leone as it is the landmark of Agrigento and has pristine sandy beaches. Tourists can find many famous bars, pubs and restaurants where they can enjoy Sanrion’s nightlife. You can participate in many water sports activities like kayaking, skiing, water gliding, and so on. There are many tour operators in this region who offer such services to the tourists here. All of these water sports are fun and very exciting. You can find the most extravagant resorts by the beach here. Book a room there and enjoy the rest of your holiday enjoying with your family.
So, here are the top places you can visit in Sicily for your next trip to this amazing place. With endless travel destinations present in this island, it becomes very confusing to choose the right ones in order. That is why you should take a close look at all the points that we have discussed in this blog and keep them in mind.