Two coastal resorts along Sicily’s north east, under the watchful eye of Mount Etna, here’s a guide to Torre Archirafi and Riposto.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or have fallen in love with Sicily’s Italian charm, the north-east coast is a rewarding region to visit. From the chic and sophistication of 4th century BC Taormina, down to the bustling city of Catania and everything in between, the magnificent Mount Etna provides a rather superb and unique backdrop to this area of the island. If you’re considering a holiday to this region, we’ve picked out two of our favourite little areas to tell you more about - Torre Archirafi and Riposto.
With fantastic coastal views and a backdrop of Mount Etna, this picturesque fishing village offers a fantastic base for a relaxing or adventure-packed holiday experience. Taking its name from the watchtower Torre Modo which also boasts fantastic panoramas, visitors can explore the variety of shops, restaurants and gelaterie on offer along the coastal road which goes all the way to Riposto. You’re also in an ideal spot from which to make the most of Mount Etna – perhaps you’d like to go hiking or mountain biking, there’s plenty of excursions available from Torre Archirafi. What’s more, you’re only 45 minutes away from the Alcantara Gorge, where you can try body rafting down the river, hiking, or sunbathing along the river’s edge.
Above: Alcantara River. Image credit: andras_csontos | Shutterstock
Just north of Torre Archirafi, Riposto is a larger and better-known resort, with a marina and good selection of shops and restaurants. Piazza Saint Pietro is home to a beautiful 18th-century church of the same name, and is a lovely place to sit outside and enjoy an Italian coffee. The views of the Ionian Sea from this town are second to none, and again with Mount Etna proudly stood in the backdrop, any pictures you take are sure to be impressive.
Riposto is also home to some wonderful summer festivals and events, such as the ‘Festa del Pesce’ or Food Festival, and a traditional jazz and wine festival. The same as in Torre Archirafi, you’re close to the adventures of Mount Etna and the Alcantara Gorge, providing plenty of opportunity for adventure.
Although you won’t find a long sandy beach at Riposto or Torre Archirafi, you’re not too far from the golden sands of Naxos, around a 30-minute drive north along the coast.
Above: Riposto. Image credit: Roberto Lo Savio | Shutterstock
Where to stay nearby
A visually stunning countryside retreat just inland from Torre Archirafi, this sophisticated hotel was once a winery, now surrounded by 13 hectares of citrus groves. With just 10 guest rooms, there’s a wonderful air of intimacy, and the hotel’s unique spa offers a range of massages and beauty treatments, consisting of facilities such as a sauna, lava stone tubs and a Turkish bath.
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Header image credit: Roberto Lo Savio | Shutterstock
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