Southern Sicily

Home to the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento an important UNESCO World Heritage Site, Southern Sicily, is thinly populated offering miles of relatively deserted coastline, dotted with traditional fishing towns, while inland you’ll find panoramic mountain views and hilltop villages, unchanged from days gone by.

In the wild interior of desolate peaks and sleepy valleys the pace of life slows down and traditions live on. The hill-top town of Enna, has a stunning medieval centre and equally stunning views.

Juno Temple, Greek Temples Valley, Agrigento - silky   |  Shutterstocksilky | Shutterstock

Sicily’s best known archaeological site is the Valley of the Temples and a whole day can easily be spent here. The eastern zone has the most impressive temples if your time is short. Another not to be missed UNESCO site is further inland at Piazza Armerina, namely the spectacular 5th century mosaics at the newly re-opened, Villa Romana del Casale.

Around Agrigento is some lovely unspoilt coastline and beaches including the impressive beauty spot of the Turkish Steps. Continuing west you’ll find the Riserva Naturale Torre Salsa, the ruins of Eraclea Minoa and the beaches of this striking coastline which stretches to the spa town of Sciacca. This is the place to spoil yourself with a massage or beauty treatment. While here stroll around the handsome historic centre, then head to the port for a tasty fish lunch.