Top things to do during a family holiday in Sicily

Updated on Jan 16, 2019 by Alastair McClymont

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Sicily is the perfect holiday destination for families. For those heading to the island for their next holiday, here are some of the top things to do.

There are countless reasons why we rate Sicily as one of Europe's best family holiday destinations. Such is the diversity of the island, you'll find a little something for everyone on this Mediterranean gem, from the little ones and young at heart, to families with older children and wider interests.

Many of our properties on the island are tailor-made for families, while the short flight and transfer times are ideal for those with younger children. Then throw in the stunning coastline, the great range of activities, the fascinating history and the sumptuous food, and it's safe to say each and every family member will be captivated by a family holiday to Sicily.

To give you an idea of the sort of things to do during a family holiday in Sicily, we've put together this inspiring and informative list, which we hope will convince you that Sicily is the destination for you and your family's next sunshine escape.


Top things to do during a family holiday in Sicily


Head to the beach

Sicily's coastline is filled with long beaches, charming bays and quiet coves, and whether you find yourself in an isolated area of the island or by a big city, a good beach won't be too far away. Mondello, pictured below, is located just round the corner from the capital Palermo, ensuring you can combine a slice of the beach with a city break.

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Experience Mount Etna

Arguably one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, experiencing Mount Etna is a must during a family holiday to Sicily. Whether you choose to hike in the Etna National Park or ascend the volcano via a cable car, it's a great day out for all members of the family.

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Sample the delicious cuisine of Sicily

Easily a key ingredient of any holiday experience, sampling the food of your chosen destination is a great way of engaging with its culture and flavour. Sicilian food is amongst the finest in the world, from its simple pasta dishes to its famous street food, each dish is always bursting with flavour and colour. 


Step back in time and discover Sicily's incredible history

The history of Sicily is simply fascinating, spanning countless peoples, ages and wars, all of which have left their mark on this island. From the crumbling ruins of Sicily's Greek temples, to the remarkable Roman mosaics, visitors young and old will be mesmerised by the grandeur of Sicily's ancient sites. One of the best ways to experience this history is to tick off some of the island's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Get active with some thrilling water sports

The coast doesn't just present the opportunity for relaxation and sun-soaking, there are also some great opportunities to try out some water sports in Sicily. One of our favourite pastimes is snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, spotting the abundant marine life.

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Attend a Sicilian festival

Sicily boasts a packed festival and events calendar, filled with countless traditional celebrations that provide an intriguing window into the character and identity of the island. One of the most enchanting festivals to take place in the summer is the Feast of San Giacomo, when the famous ceramic steps of Caltagirone become bathed in candle light. 

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Make the most of your hotel's activities

Many of the hotels amongst our collection are family-friendly and ideal for those that like to get active during their holiday. The likes of Verdura Resort (discussed below) boast a comprehensive list of activities for its guests to make the most of, from the likes of golfing and paddle boarding, to tennis and even football academy courses.


Where to stay during a family holiday to Sicily


Verdura Resort

One of the most impressive and luxurious resorts in Sicily, boasting top-class facilities and plenty of serenity on the south coast of Sicily, Verdura Resort is a prestigious gem on this beautiful island. Whether it is the 4,000m2 Spa, the two championships golf courses, the four fantastic restaurants or the two-tier infinity pool which grabs your attention, you'll enjoy an unrivaled escape of indulgence and relaxation at Verdura. There are countless activities to enjoy too, ensuring it's an ideal choice for holidaying families.

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Acacia Resort

A great option for families, Acacia Resort is a vibrant and exciting hotel which is surrounded by lush and spacious grounds, filled with fantastic facilities to please guests of all ages. In addition to the large pool and children's pool, sure to be a focal point of your stay, guests will also enjoy the likes of a spa and wellness centre, a good restaurant, two bars, a private section of beach and plenty of sports facilities and activities.

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Villa Lausa

Enjoying a lovely countryside location not far from Ragusa, one of the gems of the Val di Noto region, Villa Lausa is a charming and comfortable family villa enjoying both modern and authentic vibes. The villa comprises four bedrooms, all designed and decorated to a high standard, while features such as exposed brick walls and sloping beamed ceilings add a sense of tradition to the property. Add to this the inviting swimming pool and the spacious outdoor area, and you'll be pushed to find a more suitable property for a family holiday in Sicily.

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Villa Viancu

One of the most striking and impressive properties in our collection, this eco-friendly villa boasts state-of-the-art design, surrounded by lush gardens and a fantastic swimming pool. Villa Viancu presents unique architecture, composing a contemporary design which not only respects the environment, but utilises modern technology to give guests a comfortable stay. Inside, four en-suite bedrooms make up the living areas, while an airy lounge and well-equipped kitchen make this property the perfect space for families.

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Would you like to find out more about family holidays to Sicily? Visit our dedicated page now for some extra information and inspiration.


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