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Which area of Sicily should I stay in?

Most of the popular tourist attractions are located on the coastline, the capital Palermo is a large city filled with narrow Medieval streets and Baroque churches. For a typical family beach resort head to Cefalu it has a beautiful long golden stretch of sand overlooked by a clifftop castle surrounded by cobbled streets.

Travel further down the coast and you cannot fail to be charmed by the hilltop town of Taormina relax in its cafes and restaurants dotted amongst hidden gardens, this is very popular with visitors to Sicily. From here a visit to the impressive Mt Etna, Europe’s highest volcano is a must.

In the south is Siracusa, once of great significance to the Ancient Greeks. Here and the surrounding areas are filled with Greek temples and ruins.

 

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Should I rent a car if I'm going to Sicily?

To make the most of your visit to Sicily, we would recommend that you hire a car as the popular sights are dotted around the island. Although the island does have a good bus and train network, a car provides more flexibility especially if you want to travel further inland.

Always look for a reputable company, for example the more internationally known suppliers like Hertz, Avis or Europcar are probably a better bet.

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Where are the best beaches in Sicily?

Sicily has numerous beaches that are worth a visit and it really depends on the type of beach you are looking for. The beaches in the north are long and sandy although this is the most popular region for tourists so can be busy in high season. The south is largely untouched by mass tourism and the west coast is home to smaller fishing villages with rocky coves.

Cefalu has one of the island’s best beaches, being long and sandy it is perfect for family fun. Whist the resort itself has traditional charm and plenty of facilities.

Modello is popular with tourists and just a short drive from the capital Palermo.

Head to the south east coast to the Marina di Ragusa, granted Blue Flag status this beach is quieter but still has excellent facilities.

Lastly one of the most popular beaches in Sicily is the San Vito lo Capo, a 3km stretch of sand which shelves gently into the turqouise waters of the Mediterranean.

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What is the food like in Sicily?

With a combination of Greek and Italian heritage, and its lush and fertile land Sicily offers a huge range of dishes. Along with olives, oranges, lemons, aubergines, tomatoes, almonds and grapes, these make a great accompaniment to the fresh seafood caught and served daily on the island.

Just a few dishes to sample whist you’re there are Arancini (fried rice balls), caponata (a sweet and sour salad served with roasted aubergines) and pasta con le sarde (sardines, pine nuts with pasta).

 

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Can I hire a bike in Sicily?

Cycling is one of the popular activities in Sicily, due to its diverse terrain. From the mountains to the coastal roads, Sicily has a climate that suits cycling nearly all year round (March-December).