Holidays in Sicily

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Sicily Overview

Visiting Sicily

Sicily is easily the bee’s kneesily. This is a wonderful fly-drive destination for the more adventurous Eurocamper. Situated at the end of the ‘boot’ of Italy, the island offers endless Mediterranean sunshine in a dramatic landscape, all within driving distance of both Palermo and Trapani airports.

Feel Sicily

Where else can you find an island with the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre and aqueduct, as well as the remains of three ancient Greek temples? Yet away from the ruins, Sicily has many villages of outstanding beauty, such as the picturesque Geraci Siculo up in the mountains, and the ancient sea port of Cefalù. The sights are scintillating, the sounds serene and the scents special.

Explore Sicily

While the centre of the island features a towering mountain range, elsewhere the island is surprisingly lush, especially around our parc at El Bahira. The northern coast offers diverse attractions, from Palermo with its lively open air markets and fascinating Capuchin Catacombs, to the volcanic Aeolian Islands that lie off the coast. And, surrounded by sea, Sicily is a magnet for those enjoying watery pursuits.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

With its flawless climate and superbly preserved history, camping on Sicily offers you a host of fascinating cities and ruins to discover:

Mount Etna
As one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mount Etna really has to be on your list of things to see here, with a little extra time set aside to explore the hills and gorges that surround it. Make sure to take warm clothes though, even in high summer.

Palermo
A major port since it was first settled by the Phoenicians in the 7th century, Palermo is a fascinating city with a wealth of antiquities to discover. With its blend of Moorish, Byzantine, Roman and Norman architecture, it is simply a gem.

Siracusa
Once one of the most important cities in the ancient world, Siracusa (or Syracuse) retains much of its ancient Greek and Roman history, with a host of ancient ruins to be found here, as well as more recent structures such as the wonderful cathedral.

Trapani
Gateway to the nearby Egadi islands, Trapani offers a host of cultural treasures, including the seventeenth century Giudecca Palace, the Romanesque-Gothic Church of Sant'Agostino and the Pepoli Museum, with its huge range of medieval artefacts.

Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve
A huge area of protected grassland where you will find a huge variety of rare flora and fauna, with everything from eagles to weasels and lizards roaming free. You will also find ancient cave paintings here at the Uzzo Cave.

Erice
This historic town enjoys a splendid location atop Mount Erice, and offers you walls and other remains from the Elmyian, Phoenician, Moorish and Norman periods of the island’s history, including the Pepoli and Venus Castles.

San Vito lo Capo
When you want to enjoy a pretty seaside resort that remains resolutely unspoiled and untouristed, head for San Vito lo Capo, to enjoy its glorious valley setting and some of the finest restaurants on Sicily.

Ficuzza
In the mountains to the south of Palermo, you will find Ficuzza, a hamlet in the midst of a great nature reserve with mile after mile of gorgeous parkland. Unusually, the hunting lodge at its heart is built in the Baroque style favoured in England at the time.

Great for younger kids

Bioparca di Sicilia
This unusual biopark has a host of things to see and do, especially for younger visitors. With play areas, a Dinosaur Land and aquarium, it’s the ideal place to discover evolution as well as conservation.

Great for older kids

Nebrodi Adventure Park
If your teens want to try orienteering, rope climbing and high wires in a superb, woodland setting, they’ll love the Nebrodi Adventure Park at Longi. It’s also a great place to see wildlife including eagles and vultures.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Diving
The waters around Sicily really are crystal clear, and offer plenty to see underwater too. You’ll find dive schools at Isola Bella, the Blue Grotto on the Ionian coast and at the Grotta del Bue Marino on the tiny island of Filicudi.

Golf
Surprisingly for an island that can suffer water shortages, Sicily has no less than five 18-hole golf courses, with the very beautiful Le Madonie being the closest to the Eurocamp parc at El Bahira, and perhaps the best.

Hiking
With its rugged scenery and wide open spaces, Sicily is a great place for hiking and walking. However, few trips here would be complete without discovering the gorges around Mount Etna on foot, not to mention the delights of Taormina.

Cycling
While hilly in places, Sicily is a delight for cyclists, particularly on the roads that meander around the northern and western coastlines. You will find wonderful views at almost every turn, though careful planning is required to avoid some steep ascents.

Unmissable events in Sicily

Taormina Film Festival
For more than 50 years now, Taormina has hosted a film festival in mid-June. What makes it so unmissable is the choice of venues, with films screened in the ruins of the magnificent, ancient Greek theatre.

The Myth Festival
Between June and September you can enjoy a host of pop, classical and theatrical performances amidst the wonderful backdrop of ancient ruins in the Valle dei Templi, or Valley of the Temples, in Agrigento.

San Paolo Festival
This delightful festival takes place in the Piazza del Popolo of Palazzolo Acreide every June, when a wooden statue of St Paul is paraded through the town amidst wild celebrations.

Seacily Jazz Festival
From June to September, the Brass Group hosts a series of classical music concerts here, starting in Palermo, then moving out to entertain audiences across the archipelago, with the help of an international cast of musicians.

Places to visit - Eating out

While there is a certain amount of typical Italian fare to be found here, Sicily also has a cuisine all of its own:

  • Caponata – This salad is often served as an appetizer, based on either aubergine or artichoke, and topped with celery, olives and capers.
  • Crocché – Croquettes made with potato, eggs, parsley and cheese.
  • Milza sandwiches – Made with Veal Spleen, this is a curious but nonetheless tasty delight for more adventurous gourmands.
  • Wine – Sicilian wines are generally excellent, though if you want to try something unusual, the Marsala fortified wine, native to the island, is particularly wonderful.

Campsites in region

San Vito lo Capo El Bahira beach
El Bahira | San Vito lo Capo

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Location reviews

Sicily reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.4
Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 40 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
4 out of 10

AIDAN

Kettering
All the major sights of Sicily were either on the eastern coast - 4 hours drive away, or on the southern coast - 2 to 3 hours drive away. The local area around the site did not really have much to commend it unfortunately.
Confirmed stay: 13 October 2013
7 out of 10

Susan

Bolton
lots to see, beautiful area... a car is probably essential to get the most of the area
Confirmed stay: 02 October 2013
8 out of 10

J

Norwich
Beautiful island, but wish they would sort out their road side rubbish mountains.
Confirmed stay: 17 September 2013
10 out of 10

Nikki

Hastings
Sicily is a beautiful amazing Island with beautiful coastlines and historic buildings, we will return but will stay further South so as not to have to travel so far.
Confirmed stay: 13 September 2013
9 out of 10

Anita

Basingstoke
Beautiful scenery and wonderful food. Recommended
Confirmed stay: 06 September 2013
8 out of 10

paul

fantasic beach at san vito great ruins and erice wonderful. Found some of the locals quite surly and the driving is even more crazy than the mainland
Confirmed stay: 02 September 2013
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