I was browsing the web recently, looking at destinations for my next trip away and I came across this awesome infographic which reminded me about my time in Sicily. I spent 7 months traveling throughout Italy and Sicily was my favourite location by a long stretch. The infographic inspired me to write this article for you to tell you exactly why I think that you should travel to this beautiful Mediterranean island this year.
Even if you don’t want to spend all of your vacation time in Sicily, it is just a short boat ride from the mainland and you can easily factor it in to your plans. Ferries to Sicily leave regularly from ports like Palermo and the travel time is just under 3 hours.
Here are just some of the outstanding landmarks that you will be able to visit on your trip to Sicily.
- Valley of the Temples
The island was once inhabited by the Ancient Greeks and in the Valley of the Temples you will be able to see some of the best preserved Greek architecture anywhere in the World at this incredible UNESCO heritage site.
- Etna Park
Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and the surrounding area of the volcano is Etna Park, a vast natural landscape which features hiking trails that offer incredible views of this impressive volcano.
- Zingano Nature Reserve
In stark contrast to Etna Park the Zingano Nature Reserve is rich, green environment where nature lovers can revel in an altogether different side of Sicily. It is not just the stunning natural setting which delights tourists here but also its proximity to the azure blue waters lapping up against the Sicilian shore.
- Scala Del Turchi
Just a stone’s throw from the Valley of the Temples is the Scala del Turchi, a sheer cliff which gives some of the finest views across the water on the entire island. The cliffs have gained iconic status owing to their bright white colours.
- Ancient Theatre
They call Taormina the Pearl of the Mediterranean and once you visit this city, it is easy to see why. Within the city you will find an exciting Greek open-air theatre which has been perfectly preserved in the Roman way. The theatres is not just a pretty face and still has some shows each year.
Sicily also offers tourists a quiet place to explore these incredible parts of the islands and the tourism flow is more a steady stream than a flood. This is the year that you should be marking Sicily into your diaries .