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Holidays in Sicily

The west is a former Arab kingdom, Palermo's Conca d'Oro (a ring of citrus groves) is an Arabian import. Many towns with their white-washed low walled square houses, such as Marettimo, would not look out of place in North Africa. The countryside is gentler here, than on Etna's flanks, characterised by sloping vine-terraced hills giving way to shingle coves and sandy bays lapped by sapphire waters. The South has always been the preserve of the Spanish - Ragusa, Noto and Ispica were all rebuilt according to Spanish Baroque in the C17 after an earthquake. Today their cathedrals could grace any Andalucian square. These gracious towns perch above dramatic limestone gorges, lined with oleander and carob trees. On the coast, you'll find miles of unspoilt, wide sandy beaches.

Where Europe meets Africa, Sicily has always had an on-the-brink feeling. Italy's most southern province, Sicilians are Latin by adoption only. Named tricarnia in antiquity due to its triangular shape, Sicily's three corners have striking contrasts. The Ancient Greeks settled in the east. This coastline is scattered with Greek artefacts from the ancient city of Siracusa (the New York of the Hellenic world), Agrigento's marvellous Valley of the Temples to Taormina's dramatic cliff-top theatre. Home to Europe's largest volcano, Mt Etna, this is a land of fertile terraces, bougainvillaea-decked squares and rocky volcanic shores.

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Secrets of Sicily Walking

Secrets of Sicily Walking

This triple centre holiday explores the unspoilt north western tip of Sicily and the nearby Egadi islands. It's a relatively undiscovered region where highlights include pristine sandy beaches, coral-lined grottoes, ancient hill villages and marvellously preserved nature reserves.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £938per person, tour only

  • 48 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Secrets of Sicily Cycling

Secrets of Sicily Cycling

This 7-night cycling route explores Sicily's unspoilt western coast, a sun-drenched landscape of golden bays, azure waters, swaying vines and tiny farming hamlets unchanged over the years. Lots of historic interest too: mediaeval Erice, ancient Segesta and sea-facing Marsala.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1139per person, tour only

  • 15 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Islands of Sicily Walk

Islands of Sicily Walk

Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular, varied and unique walks in our portfolio, taking in the beautiful Aeolian Islands as well as the immense and impressive Mount Etna - the largest active volcano in Europe!

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1349per person, tour only

  • 33 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
A Taste of Sicily Cycling

A Taste of Sicily Cycling

This ten-night, self-guided cycling holiday provides a wonderful introduction to Sicily’s south east, a part of the island renowned for its beautiful, unspoilt coastline, spectacular Baroque architecture and sumptuous regional cuisine.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1799per person, tour only

  • 5 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels