Where to stay in seductive Sicily
This sunshine getaway is steeped in history
A volcanic crossroads in the Mediterranean, Sicily is a glorious mix of majestic history and natural beauty. With a wonderfully inviting climate, the island is suitable for luxury getaways and short breaks at most times of the year. Its capital, Palermo, bursts with bustling energy but also basks in Byzantine history at the Cappella Palatina.
Travel to the southern coast, though, and you'll enjoy the peace of relatively undiscovered beaches framed by the blue of the Mediterranean. If you like your weather hot, then visit in July and August; but sunbathing and swimming are perfectly pleasant as late as November and in early spring, making these great times to find a discounted luxury holiday and enjoy one of our handpicked offers.
A stunning step back in time
The coastal cities of Palermo, Catania and Siracusa are bursting with history. All the mighty European empires ruled the strategically-positioned Palermo at one point or another and you'll see influences ranging from Roman to Byzantine to Arab-Norman. Siracusa's Ortygia Island is a blend of fish markets and classical ruins, and is perhaps Sicily's most striking port.
If Greek temples are your thing, then make a beeline for Agrigento, Segesta and Selinunte. In particular, Agrigento's Valley of the Temples has Greek architecture to rival Athens, but situated above the sea in an almond grove rather than in the smoggy chaos of the Greek capital.
All this and a volcano, too
Few getaways offer the chance to gasp at an active volcano, but Sicily has just that. Mount Etna is in a constant state of activity and, at more than 10,900ft high, is Europe's tallest volcano. Fallen ash enriches the soil around Etna and you'll see olives, grapes and other fruit being grown in the area. It may be a volcano but locals know Etna as 'Mongibello', the Beautiful Mountain.
For an utterly unforgettable view of Mongibello, visit Taormina. Balancing on the slopes of Monte Tauro, high above the Gulf of Naxos, Taormina is in an unrivalled position to enjoy any Etna fireworks. The old town itself is extremely pretty, with lovely architecture and a rather jolly atmosphere. The contrast with a brooding Etna could not be greater, and there can be few better reasons to look out for our exceptional deals to this awe-inspiring island. Join our site now to browse through all available offers to this and many other unforgettable luxury holiday locations.