WITH a long coastline full of gorgeous beaches, legendary food and some of the finest art and culture around, Sicily is a great destination for all tastes.
Not forgetting the weather – the sunshine is pretty amazing, too. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and has all the charm and history of a holiday in Italy with its own unique culture, away from the mainland. It’s easy to get around on the island, so you can have the best of both worlds with the hustle and bustle of the cities, such as the capital Palermo, and the eastern coast such as Cafalu for traditional sun and sea.
If you love art or you’re looking to soak up a little culture on your summer holiday, you can’t go wrong with Sicily.
It has a fascinating, mythical history which has resulted in some fantastic sights. The capital Palmero is home is Baroque architecture and a variety of castles, galleries and museums.
The site of ancient Greek temples, the Valley of the Temples is also well worth a look.
To explore some of the island’s more natural heritage, plan a day trip to the staggeringly huge Mount Etna, the island’s sacred mountain.
The food in Sicily is unique, and always delicious. If you’re up for trying new things, you’ll love the mix of Mediterranean flavours with Greek influences.
The seafood is particularly good, and you’ll find plenty of Italian classics such as pizza and pasta.
One favourite on the island is arancini di riso, which is fried rice balls filled with cheese or meat. For nightlife, the bigger resort towns such as Cafalu are good for a choice of bars and clubs, or if you’re sticking to Palermo, there are plenty of alfresco bars and restaurants that are great places to relax on a warm evening.
The east coast of the island is great for sandy beaches, with lovely waters ideal for swimming and sports. Taormina is a busy, action-packed resort, with plenty of good beaches and bars.
The quieter Letojanni is a smaller, more intimate stretch of sand that would make a lovely spot for couples.
If you’re up for something adventurous, most places offer water sports such as jet skiing and scuba diving, or grab your mates and hire out a banana boat.