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The 14 most beautiful places in Sicily: insider tips, photos & activities

Activities in Sicily

In this article you will also find my favorite tours and excursions in Sicily with GetYourGuide. I also used the GetYourGuide website to get inspiration for my tour of Sicily. The GetYourGuide website is easy to use and you can cancel almost any tour up to 24 hours in advance and get your money back.

1. Palermo

Of course, I have to start with the capital of the island of Sicily. Your adventure in Sicily is likely to begin in the capital, Palermo, and I recommend taking enough time to explore this great city of Palermo, Sicily. The magnificent cathedral, the Palazzo dei Normanni, the catacombs, the Teatro Massimo, ... the list of sights in Palermo in Sicily is endless. Just outside the city of Palermo in Sicily is the cozy city of Monreale, which lives up to its name Königsberg. Palermo in Sicily is almost worth a trip in itself.

The church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio in Palermo, Sicily. From the outside I already found it impressive, but from the inside it is really unique!

2. Cefalù

From Palermo in Sicily it is an hour's drive to Cefalù, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily. There you can climb La Rocca and enjoy a spectacular view. One can well imagine how the contrast of the many red roofs with the azure blue sea inspired many painters. After the ascent to La Rocca, you can relax on the beach either with or without a tasty spritz. La vita è bella in Sicily!

Would you like to book an organized day tour? From Palermo in Sicily you can book a day trip to Cefalù and Monreale for around € 60 per person.

I found Cefalù to be one of the most beautiful and cozy places in Sicily. Here you can find the real Sicily!

3. Taormina

A little further west is Taormina, which also has a fantastic beach. The city of Taormina itself is very cozy and the ideal setting for a (romantic) walk. However, the Greek theater, which has been converted into a Roman theater, is particularly well-known and worth seeing. Thanks to an opening, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape, which extends to Etna.

An interesting guided tour through this heavenly city in Sicily costs 19 € per person.

A theater with such a beautiful view just has to attract a lot of people, doesn't it?

4. Etna

This brings us straight to one of the other most famous sights in Sicily: Mount Etna. This volcano in Sicily is more than 3000 meters high, making it the highest active volcano in Europe. The soil around Mount Etna in Sicily is very fertile, which is why a lot of agriculture and viticulture is practiced here. Definitely I can recommend a visit to the Vivera winery, where you can taste the best wine in Sicily! A guided tour on Mount Etna in Sicily itself is also a lot of fun, because you can get to know this impressive landscape (and with a little luck also lava!) In a safe way.

From Catania in Sicily you can also organize a day trip to Mount Etna by public transport. How to best plan such a tour in Sicily, you can read in this article.

When you climb Mount Etna in Sicily, it looks like you've landed on another planet! Sicily has many natural treasures to offer!

5. Catania

Catania is the second largest city in Sicily and I have to warn you about it. If you think that the drivers in Palermo, Sicily are crazy, you shouldn't drive around Catania because the traffic situation there may be even worse. But the city of Catania in Sicily, which lies in the shadow of Mount Etna, is definitely worth a visit. The castle of Ursino, the Palazzo degli Elefanti with the associated elephant fountain, the cathedral and the amphitheater are just some of the many sights in Catania in Sicily.

The center of Catania in Sicily is very nice and cozy.

6. The Aeolian Islands and Stromboli

The Aeolian Islands are a group of islands northeast of the coast of Sicily. All seven islands are under the protection of UNESCO and are little paradises. The Aeolian Islands are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Sicily that should not be missed. The most famous island is Stromboli, named after its volcano of the same name. If you want to climb to the top (924 meters), you have to book a guided tour. A mini-cruise along these beautiful islands off the coast of Sicily is also highly recommended and in the summer the chances of spotting dolphins are not bad!

The Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily are characterized by very special rock formations and beaches. You should enjoy this beautiful nature for a while!

7. The Egadi Islands

Another impressive archipelago is located near Trapani in Sicily. The Egadi Islands off the coast of Sicily are only a half hour boat ride from Trapani and you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily there. The calm islands off the coast of Sicily are surrounded by clear blue waters, floating boats and beautiful landscapes. The archipelago off the coast of Sicily consists of three islands, but it is mainly the islands of Favignana and Levanzo that attract tourists. Marettimo is much further away and more difficult to access.

The boat from Trapani in Sicily costs around 10 € (depending on which boat you take) for a single ticket to one of the islands off the Sicilian coast.

The color of the water makes you want to go on a trip to Sicily ?!

8. Syracuse

With which sight in the port city of Syracuse in Sicily should you just start? If you are looking for one of the greatest highlights in Sicily, Syracuse is the place to be. You will find one of the largest theaters in the Greek Empire, a magnificent cathedral, impressive catacombs that are larger than those in Rome, and much more. From here you can also take a day trip to Noto, one of the best kept secrets and most beautiful places in Sicily.

From Catania and Palermo in Sicily you can book a day trip to Syracuse for around € 60 per person.

You can spend hours in the beautiful bay of Syracuse in Sicily alone. An absolute highlight in Sicily!

9. Agrigento

By now you have surely noticed that there are many special temples in Sicily, but Agrigento really is the crowning glory. This is where Akragas is located, which is popularly known as the “Valley of the Temples” and is without a doubt one of the most important sights in Sicily. There are seven beautiful temples here, all in the Doric style. In order to avoid any details of the story that goes back to 500 BC BC dates back to being missed, I recommend taking a guided tour. Such a tour costs 60 euros per person. The entrance ticket is included in the price.

Only the ticket for the Valley of the Temples in Sicily can be bought online. This ticket costs € 13 per person. If you want an audio guide you have to pay 19 € per person.

Agrigento is one of the most impressive places in Sicily!

10. The Alcantara Gorge

After all the temples in Sicily, it's no doubt time for some action. Thousands of years ago the Alcantara Gorge was formed by Mount Etna in Sicily and if you want to take it easy, you can just admire the natural beauty of Sicily and even go swimming. If it can be a little wilder, I can definitely recommend canyoning. You climb and swim through this rough Sicilian wilderness, which you experience in a unique way.

It can get warm in Sicily! Fortunately, you can cool off in the middle of the beautiful surroundings in the Alcantara Gorge in Sicily.

11. The Scala dei Turchi

The “Staircase of the Turks” owes its name to the fact that the Moors went ashore in Sicily at this point. It is a beautiful chain of rocks made of marl, a type of white limestone. This impressive natural phenomenon made the beach around the Scala dei Turchi a real tourist attraction in Sicily. The Scala dei Turchi in Sicily is a wonderful place to relax after the history lesson that you have already undergone.

The most beautiful beaches in Sicily don't always have to be sandy beaches. Just look at the Scala dei Turchi in Sicily. You should definitely try to visit this beautiful and unique piece of nature in Sicily!

12. Erice

Erice is one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily due to its medieval character. At an altitude of 800 meters, this small town in Sicily with its castle dominates the landscape. Erice in Sicily is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of Sicily and to stroll around in peace. The Genovesi di Erice are a sweet local delicacy that is best enjoyed with a glass of Vino Marsala - literally and figuratively la dolce vita.

To be on the safe side, you should definitely take a sweater or jacket with you to Erice in Sicily. The weather can change very quickly here, and it can quickly get a few degrees cooler!

A day trip from Palermo in Sicily to Erice, the salt pans of Trapani and Segesta costs € 60 per person.

The castle of Erice towers high above the island of Sicily and offers a wonderful view of the wonderful nature and the tropical beaches of Sicily.

13. Cavagrande del Cassibile and the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro

These are two national parks in Sicily where hikers will have their fun. If you have to choose one of the two parks, I would choose the Cavagrande because the nature here is something special. After a brisk hike of about two kilometers you will come to waterfalls, in which you can swim well. In terms of nature, this is definitely one of the most beautiful sights in Sicily.

Refresh yourself in the Cavagrande del Cassibile in Sicily. If you're lucky, you'll have the falls all to yourself!

Il Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro is very close to some beautiful beaches in Sicily.

14. The many beautiful beaches

Of course, the island of Sicily also has many beautiful beaches, and the most beautiful of them are these:

  • San Vito Lo Capo: Beautiful turquoise water, pearly white sand and Monte Monaco in the background give the beach in Sicily an almost fairytale atmosphere. San Vito Lo Capo in Sicily is enchantingly beautiful.
  • If you want to escape the hectic Palermo in Sicily, the best way to do this is to drive twenty minutes out of town to Mondello, where you can relax for a moment. If you drive a little further, you will reach Scopello in Sicily, where it is a little quieter and you can swim fantastic between the rocks. In Scopello, Sicily, there is no sandy beach, but there are loungers.
  • Last but not least, Calamosche in Sicily is the perfect place to lie on the beach and go swimming. There are no bars or ice cream vendors there, because this is all about tranquility. Fortunately, Calamosche in Sicily has not yet developed into mass tourism, so visit it before it's too late!

The beach of San Vito lo Capo in Sicily. It can be quite crowded there, but luckily it's miles long!

After just one day on the island, you notice that Sicily stands out from the rest of Italy. Because of its diversity, I think that Sicily is one of the most beautiful places in Europe and that you never want to leave La Bella Sicilia again. Every time you discover something new and that is what makes the island of Sicily so beautiful.

The 5 best hotels in Sicily

Of course, to see all these beautiful places, you have to find accommodation in Sicily! Here are some great hotels to make your Sicily vacation a memorable one.

San Giorgio Palace Hotel

A four-star boutique hotel in the center of Ragusa, Sicily. The quaint exterior flows smoothly into a modern interior with clean lines, white tones, and minimalist furniture. All rooms in the San Giorgio Palace Hotel are luxuriously furnished and have a beautiful bathroom made of natural stone. Every morning you can enjoy a delicious breakfast with a 360-degree view over the Santa Domenica Valley in Sicily.

The San Giorgio Palace Hotel is just a stone's throw from the historic center of Ragusa in Sicily. This is ideal if you want to explore some of the highlights of Sicily. The property is right next to the Duomo of San Giorgio and the Giordino Ibleo Park in Sicily is only a two-minute drive away. In addition, the friendly, local staff at the San Giorgio Palace Hotel are always available to provide further tips.

An overnight stay in this elegant luxury hotel costs around € 81 for a double room.

Pricing and Availability:Agoda.com - Booking.com

© San Giorgio Palace Hotel

© San Giorgio Palace Hotel

Il Leone Blu

This B&B is one of the most beautiful hotels in Catania, Sicily. Located in a renovated historical building, it offers spacious, bright rooms with modern facilities. At the same time, the owners made sure that the original furnishings (including the frescoes) were retained during the renovation. At Il Leone Blue in Sicily, you can choose between a breakfast buffet and an Italian breakfast.

Il Leone Blu in Sicily is located in the beautiful center of the famous Sicilian city of Catania. The hotel is just a stone's throw from Urbino Castle, Catania Cathedral and the Roman Theater. At the B&B you can also rent a bike or car to explore the Sicilian towns around the property.

An overnight stay in this cozy B&B costs an average of € 86 for a double room.

Pricing and Availability:Agoda.com - Booking.com

© Il leone Blu Hotel

© Il Leone Blu Hotel

Borgo d'Orlando

The Borgo d’Orlando is a small, charming hotel on the north coast of Sicily and has only nine rooms. These are kept in a nice mix of modern and traditional Sicilian style, one thinks of the clearly visible wooden beam ceiling. Some suites at the Borgo d’Orlando have their own terrace and there is a large outdoor pool. At Borgo d’Orlando you can take a cooking course and yoga course in the olive groves once a week.

If you are looking for something to do in Sicily, Borgo d’Orlando is a good place to start. The Hotel Borgo d’Orlando in Sicily is about nine kilometers from Capo d’Orlando and Milazzo is only 50 minutes away by car. The small size of the accommodation makes you feel at home and the staff is always available to give you the best tips on how to explore the Italian island of Sicily.

You can spend a night in a double room for as little as € 115.

Pricing and Availability:Agoda.com - Booking.com

© Borgo d’Orlando

© Borgo d’Orlando

Giardini Mon Plaisir

The Giardini Mon Plaisir is a cozy hotel in Sicily, located in the heart of the historic city of Trapani. The six rooms are a perfect blend of modern and traditional styles. I am mainly thinking of the clearly visible wooden beam ceiling, simple furniture, traditional tiled floors and white tones. The Hotel Giardini Mon Plaisir in Sicily offers more than enough opportunities to relax. You can choose between one of the sun loungers by the huge outdoor pool, the garden or the beautiful bar of the hotel. A continental breakfast can be enjoyed in the morning.

The Hotel Giardini Mon Plaisir is run by a nice family who give you a warm welcome at any time. 3.8 km from Giardini Mon Plaisir in Sicily is the port of Trapani, and even closer is the charming village of Funivia Trapani-Erice. Ask the friendly staff at the property for a few tips on exploring the Trapani area of ​​Sicily.

In this fine family hotel you can stay in a double room from € 130 per night.

Pricing and Availability:Agoda.com - Booking.com

© Giardini Mon Plaisir

© Giardini Mon Plaisir

Masseria Susafa

Are you looking for charming hotels in Sicily for a romantic getaway? Then the Masseria Susafa is exactly the right place. This hotel is a converted farm located in the middle of an olive grove and vineyard in Sicily. The rustic, chic interiors enchant you with the exposed stones, terracotta tile floors and antique furniture. In addition, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a fantastic restaurant serving Sicilian cuisine.

The farm is the perfect place in Sicily to fully relax. But if you want to go on a trip to Sicily, you can spend a day in the cozy towns of Polizzi Generosa or Cefalù. The Madonie National Park, a regional nature park on the Italian island of Sicily, is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Are you still looking for inspiration? The friendly staff at Masseria Susafa in Sicily will be happy to help you plan a day trip.

You can stay in a double room in a cozy farm hotel from € 154 per night.

Pricing and Availability:Agoda.com - Booking.com

© Masseria Susafa

© Masseria Susafa

Excursions in Sicily

For some places of interest in Sicily you have to rent a car. If you prefer not to organize anything yourself, you can also book an excursion to Sicily. How about a day trip to Agrigento or Palermo in Sicily? I can definitely recommend these tours in Sicily:

Vacation in Sicily

Can't wait to see these beautiful highlights in Sicily with your own eyes? Then book a trip to Sicily quickly! You will be surprised how cheap a vacation to this paradise on earth can be.


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