The capital of the island, Palermo is a vibrant city, combining modern commerce with ancient history. Rich in works of art, architecture and culture, the town offers some excellent museums, stunning Baroque buildings and the most prestigious opera house in Italy. But it’s not just its fabulous cathedrals and palaces that Palermo is famed for, it’s also known for its colourful street markets and street food.
With pale, soft sand and crystal clear shallow water, this beautiful crescent bay is the most famous beach resort on the island. Lying between two cliffs, Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino, it is 12km from Palermo’s city centre and can be reached by a 15-minute bus ride. It’s a great family beach with a bustling, lively atmosphere and is popular with windsurfers and for snorkelling. Sunloungers, parasols and pedal boats are available for hire.
Lungomare di Cefalù
Lungomare di Cefalù is a beautiful 8km stretch of golden sands by calm, shallow waters. It’s ideal for families with sunloungers and parasols for hire.
Cannoli & Friends, Piano degli Albanes near Palermo - May
A festival centred around the islands most celebrated dessert, cannoli, together with many other tempting sweet treats.
Festino di Santa Rosalia – July
A festival to celebrate Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo. The city becomes alive with fireworks and parties for this three day event.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Palermo is known for its excellent street food, reputed to be among the best in the world. Stalls fill the markets serving up delicious and fresh delights. Join thousands of local Palermitans each day and sample some of the most popular dishes from Arancine (deep fried rice balls filled with ragu or cheese) to Panelle (chickpea fritters).
Mercato di Ballarò
Ballarò is the oldest city market in Palermo filled with local fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. The raucous vendors make a walk through the streets unforgettable with their calls and colourful accents attracting passers-by.
Europe’s third largest Opera House and one of Italy’s most impressive.
Museo Archeologico Regionale
A fantastic museum displaying some of Sicily’s finest Greek and Roman artefacts.
Cathedral di Monreale
Just west of Palermo, the Cathedral di Monreale is possibly the finest example of Norman architecture in Sicily.