The 9 Best Cities & Towns in Sicily for Tourists (Holiday)
The capital city of the Island is a must-visit place for tourists. Due to its long list of influencers, such as the Romans, Arabs and Spaniards, many cultures have left their mark in Palermo, meaning that there is a huge variety of architecture, culture, and food. The city won the ‘Italian Capital of Culture Award’ in 2018, thanks to all its sightseeing opportunities; one of the most popular being the famous Teatro Massimo.
After a day of visiting the likes of the Palermo Cathedral, take a stroll through one of Palermo’s open air markets and sample the local life of a Sicilian, or if you fancy putting on your disco shoes there are plenty of bars and clubs. The Sicilian way would be to start at around 8pm by having a bite to eat and then hitting the bars for some drinks. After 12am they have the choice to continue their night at a club until the early morning, or head home. Luckily for tourists, you can safely stroll back to your beautiful accommodation.
The scenic city is one of the tourist capitals of Sicily. Almost everything you decide to do in Taormina is complimented with the most picturesque views; a perfect example would be the Ancient Theatre. While you try to imagine what it would have been like watching gladiators in the arena, you can experience a wonderful view (on a clear day) of Calabria, mainland Italy. Tourists staying in Taormina also have the chance to visit Mount Etna, which once again, provides amazing views of the island.
For the wine lovers, there are plenty of wine tasting tours; perhaps you would like to take a boat ride to the Aeolian Islands while sipping a glass of wine. Another island that you must visit is Isola Bella. The best thing about this island is that you can reach it by foot, and it will take you approximately 30 minutes from the top of the city.
In the heart if the city, packed with luxury boutiques, cafes and souvenir shops, the Corso Umberto (the main street) has everything. When the day is over, you can take a walk though one of the public gardens en route to your hotel where once again, you will be met with stunning scenery. It’s the best place to stay in Sicily for couples looking for luxury and upscale holiday.
Mount Etna may be the stand-out attraction in Catania as it’s the largest volcano in Europe. However, not only enthusiastic hikers will be able to fill their boots in this province.
Like Palermo, Catania has been a prize for many different empires, allowing you to see the wonderful architecture from each era. One of the most visited buildings is the Palazzo Biscari. The palace is regarded as the most important building in the city. Despite the previous empires, the Palazzo Biscari represents Catanese architecture, and is also one of the most beautiful examples of it.
The Roman theatre (Teatro Romano) is another fine example of an ancient theatre. The historic site was created in the 2nd century BC, and parts of it are made from Mount Etna’s lava.
Catania is the perfect place for seafood lovers to take a look around the fish market just behind the cathedral. As for the beach lovers, you won’t be left out. Just next to Catania you will find the Lizo Azzurro, one of the main stretches of beach where you can soak up the sun and take a dip in the sapphire blue sea. There are plenty of beach front shops and bars and even the kids can enjoy the play area located on the golden sand.
An ancient, coastal town. Most of Siracusa’s sights are historical and archaeological. The large town is home to one of the most impressive and biggest Greek theatres in the world. Completely carved out of rock, the ancient theatre is still putting on plays to give tourists a walk through history.
Another attraction you cannot miss is the Ear of Dionysius. One walk through the the ear-shaped cave and you will understand why it is the most famous cave in Siracusa.
The ancient city still has plenty of beautiful beaches for you to make the most of, most of which have shops, bars and restaurants. The historic area of Ortiga is the place to be when the sun goes down. For a chilled night, there are plenty of charming terraces where you can enjoy a bottle of Sicilian wine, and if you want to stay out until early hours in the morning, there are several nightclubs that open after midnight. After partying all night, make sure you get out early and try one of the many water sports in the area, the warm Mediterranean Sea will make a sore head feel much better.
Like most other places in Sicily, Trapani also offers a range of Castles and historic sites, Segesta Temple being one of the most important in the region; it is located out in the countryside and is well preserved. The medieval town of Erice has plenty of must see buildings which offer the most spectacular views.
If you choose to walk along one of the many coastal paths, you will be gifted with views that are a mix of turquoise water and small cliffs. One of the most interesting places that Trapani has to offer are the salt marshes. The perfect blend of sun, sea and wind make the perfect home for many birds, even flamingos.
There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Trapani which are child friendly and perfect for the whole family. Several small beaches fill the coastline, with the majority of them located on the northern side of the province. Actually, Trapani is one of the most popular and best places for scuba diving and there are plenty of diving schools scattered around. If exploring the sea floor isn’t for you then there are some brilliant boat trips, especially to the Aegadian Islands.
One of the fastest growing spots for tourists, San Vito Lo Capo really has so much to offer. Once again, you can experience the different cultures which have been left from various empires; enjoy the local cuisine and even sample some couscous during the town’s annual festival.
For the water sports fanatics, there are plenty of different activities to do near the stunning beaches. In fact, San Vito Lo Capo is famous for its clear water and white sand. Many locals claim that it is the best beach in Sicily and well, once you walk on it, it’s difficult to argue against it.
Very much a beach town resort, the place is packed with hotels and extraordinary villas perfect for everyone. It won’t be a struggle to find a place to eat either as this area is filled with bars and restaurants. If you want a day away from the beach, take the family to the Zingaro Nature Reserve and absorb the beautiful landscapes. When you are suddenly missing the crystal clear waters, it is definitely worth taking a boat trip and island hopping around the Egadi Islands.
For those who want to see the stunning architecture in the day, and go back to their rural escape to relax at night, Noto is the perfect place. The world heritage site is home to of the most stunning palaces the island has to offer. Although Noto is not the typical touristic place (which might be a good thing) you can really experience the life as a Sicilian by enjoying the local cuisine.
If you have seen enough breath-taking architecture for the day then you still have the option to relax by the stunning shoreline. Staying in a hotel in Noto, will not only give you the feeling of being in a rustic hotel, but will also make you feel a part of the Sicilian community. Even though Noto is not the most bustling area of Sicily, there is still a fine selection of restaurants, cafés, and bars, one of the favourite being Anche Gli Angeli. So, to feel like you are a part of the neighbourhood and experience Sicily in a more relaxed style, Noto is the perfect place.
Just 20 minutes down the coast from Taormina, is the lively seaside resort Giardini Naxos. This town is extremely popular with young tourists who are looking to soak up the sun on the soft, sandy beaches, and then enjoy the various clubs and bars that there is on offer. There is no shortage of restaurants for people looking to fine dine, try traditional food, or even international food.
During the night, the promenade is a tourist hotspot. The younger ones, and also families, head to beach side bars to enjoy some drinks, or ice-creams for the kids. As it approaches midnight many people head off to enter one of the many clubs or bars in the town.
The list of sights to see in Giardini Naxos may not be as long as other places, but it is in a great location to head to a neighbouring city to see find a wider range of activities. After a perfect balance of sun, sea and beach, you can return to your rustic guest house or luxury, modern hotel.
The gem of the Sicilian coast, this beautiful medieval city is one of the most visited places in Sicily. A variety of golden, sand beaches fill up the shoreline where tourists can enjoy boat excursions and water sports/activities.
A selection of medieval buildings constantly intrigue the visitors; the Duomo di Cefalú cathedral is the most visited attraction in the city and is also regarded as one of the most interesting buildings in Sicily. Despite being a very small city, Cefalu has a huge amount of restaurants to choose from, whether its seafood or sea view (or a combination of the two), the perfect restaurant is easy to find for everyone.
You can’t visit Cefalu and not see the most spectacular view that there is to see. A steep ascent to the top of a massive crag called La Rocca you will be find yourself near the ruins of an ancient temple and a wonderful view looking over the city.