Sicily is a sun-drenched island, lying just 5 kilometres from the shores of Italy. Rural landscapes and vast stretches of sand sit either side of atmospheric seaside towns. Holidays in Sicily offer romantic beach-based getaways, action-packed family adventures and a friendly nightlife.
Its spectacular east coast is especially inviting to tourists, with its miles of sandy coves, bays and craggy edifices to explore. Giardini Naxos and Letojanni are perfect for families – their swathes of sand and sparkling clear waters are ideal for paddling kids.
Greek and Roman ruins are to be found throughout and act as reminders of its rich past. Visitors should also make sure to try out the island’s traditional cuisine in an authentic trattoria. On the other hand, stylish resorts such as Taormina and the capital city, Palermo, offer a more cosmopolitan view of the island.
The night-time scene never becomes too boisterous here, but revellers will find a good selection of bars and nightclubs in the party capital of Taormina.
Flight duration to Sicily: 3 hours
Time difference: +1 hour