A beautiful island overflowing with historic sites and stunning scenery, it can be hard to decide just where to go first in Sicily.
It is also the largest island in the Mediterranean. A one or two-week holiday simply isn’t long enough to visit all the island’s highlights in a single visit.
The Val di Noto in the south-east, is famous for its baroque towns, Southern Sicily is home to the Greek Temples at Agrigento, the North East has the stunning backdrop of Mount Etna, while Northern Sicily is home to Palermo, famous for its street food and a plethora of historic gems, as well as Cefalù, one of Sicily’s best-known beach resorts.
Deciding where to stay in Sicily
Picking a base from which to explore the island’s delights can be a hard choice to make, so we have put together this guide to help you decide where to go. We’ve also included a fun quiz at the end of the post that might help you make up your mind.
Taormina & The North East
Taormina is a stunning vibrant town by the sea. It’s a great choice if you don’t wish to drive, as there is plenty to do on your doorstep and a cable car linking the beach with the clifftop town.
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- Explore medieval streets
- Browse designer shops
- Relax on the beach
- Visit the ancient Greek Theatre, still in use today
- Eat in a wonderful variety of restaurants
- Stay at the elegant hotel, The Ashbee
Val di Noto and the South East
Fabulous Baroque churches and cathedrals, excellent food and drink and lovely beaches await you.
Modica in the Cal di Noto
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- Explore baroque towns and their stunning churches
- Dine in traditional osterias
- Spend an afternoon at a quiet beach
- Enjoy the local wines and cheeses
- Tuck into the chocolate Modica is so famous for
- Stay at Apartments Macchia Mare
In Southern Sicily, you’ll discover ancient Greek ruins, medieval towns and villages, stunning scenery, and a slower pace of life.
Greek Temple at Agrigento
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- Visit the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore the unspoilt coastline
- Discover pretty hilltop towns and villages
- Visit the impressive beauty spot, the Turkish Steps
- Treat yourself to a massage at the spa town of Sciacca
- Stay at Verdura Resort
To get right off the beaten path, visit Western Sicily, home to Marsala fortified wine and some stunning ancient temples.
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- Discover the vineyards and wine cellars around Marsala
- Explore the ancient ruins of Segesta, including the Doric temple and the mountainside amphitheatre
- Hike through stunning nature reserves
- Visit the unspoilt islands of Levanzo and Favignana
- Stay at Villa Colline
Explore the street of Palermo, the island’s capital, to discover historic gems, as well as its famous street food. Away from the city, you’ll find stunning scenery, perfect for hiking, as well as many beautiful beaches.
Porta Felice, one of the main gates of Palermo
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- Taste the street food that is reputedly the best in the world
- Visit historic sites such as the magnificent Cathedral di Monreale, possibly the finest Norman building in Sicily
- Explore the cobbled streets of Cefalù, the best-known beach resort in Northern Sicily
- Discover beautiful beaches and the stunning countryside
- Stay at Acacia Resort or Principe di Villafranca in Palermo
Still can't decide where to go in Sicily? Take our quick quiz
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