Sicily cottage holidays Holiday rentals - cottages & holiday homes to rent in Sicily
Sicily is the largest island in the Meditteranean just south of Calabria at the toe of Italy separated by the Strait of Messina. With 1,000km of coastline dotted with beautiful sandy beaches, incredible rock formations and surrounded by warm shimmering turquoise waters, Sicily boasts an abudance of summer resorts to suit all budgets and tastes.
However, Sicily is not just about beachlife - it has a fascinating interior and no more so than the domineering Mount Etna. Rising to 3,350m, Etna is Europe's largest and most active volcano - it last erupted in 2010. During the winter, its possible to go skiing on the snowy lava fields and through the lower forests - there is a ski resort with lifts, groomed pistes and ski school!
With direct flights to Palermo, Catania and Trapani, these cities are the main gateway to the island with many people tending to spend at least a few days exploring them before venturing out to discover the magical coastal resorts of Sicily and the mystical mountain villages.
|Sicily at a glance|
|Highest Point||Mount Etna 3,350m|
|Airports||Palermo, Catania, Trapani, Comiso|
Featured cottages in Sicily
Like most places, the options for self catering accommodation in Sicily cater for all budgets and tastes with a good mix ranging from farmhouses to luxurious beachfront cottages and apartments. Holiday rentals are very popuar with families, friends and groups as they provide the freedom, flexibility and space to what you want, when you want - home from home.
If you are planning a cottage holiday during the peak summer months in or around one of the main tourist hubs such as Taormina, Catania or Syracuse, then its advisable to book early as these cottages and apartments are typically booked out early in the year.See all rentals
Sicily is an all year round destination with long hot and dry summers and mild winters . The best time to visit is from April to June and from September to the end of October as this avoids the scorching hot summer holidays where temperatures can often reach to 44 °C (111 °F).
Featured resorts in Sicily
Things to see & do
There are too many fascinating places to visit and things to do in Sicily to list them all but we have put together some of our favourite things to see and do whilst on your holiday.
|A few suggistions.....|
|Mount Etna - hiking, mountain biking and skiing in winter||✔|
|Taormina and Isola Bella||✔|
|Explore the capital Palermo||✔|
|Skiing at Piano Provenzana resort, Mt Etna||✔|
|Marsala wine tour||✔|
|Syracuse & Archeological Park of Neapolis||✔|
|Noto Valley and Palazzolo Acreides||✔|
|Agrigent and the “valley of the temples”||✔|
To the north of Sicily lies the volcanic archipelago Aeolian Islands that includes...
- Lipari, the largest of the islands
- Stromboli and Vulcano, which are active volcanoes, and
- Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo
The islands are fascinating and worth visiting as part of your holiday in Sicily with steaming fumaroles and thermal water jets plus pristine uncrowded beaches.
This chain of 5 small mountainous islands lie to the west of Sicily and are easily accessible by ferry from Marsala or Trapani. Favignana is the largest covering just 8 square miles and is where most tourists looking to get away from the crowds book their holiday rental.
The other islands in the archipelago are...
- Formica and Maraone
Our view on holidays in the Sicily
Sicily has always been a very popular tourist destination and these days, even more accessible with low cost airfares and value for money holiday rentals accommodation. It is an island of stark contrast from the tourist hub beach resorts with breathtaking scenery and luxurious hotels, clubs and designer boutiques, to the unspoilt inner mountain villages where time seems to have stood still.
In a nutshell, Sicily is a top family holiday destination, full of gastranonomic tradition, rich in culture, history and incredibly friendly.
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