The beautiful southern island of Sicily is the largest and most densely populated island in the Mediterranean Sea. Offering mild climates all year round, 1,000 kilometers of coastline and the world renowned Mount Etna, Sicily is the perfect destination for a family getaway. As many European powers in the Middle Ages and Renaissance left their mark on this island, Sicily truly offers something from everyone, from culture and art to architecture, cuisine and beautiful sceneries. From the UK, Sicily is easily reachable by flight to one of its four main airports located in: Palermo, Catania, Trapani and Comiso.
Visiting the seaside town of Cefalù.
For families visiting Sicily one of the most beautiful places to visit is the small town of Cefalù. Located about 40 miles east of Palermo, Cefalù is easily reachable both by car and train. Compared to Sicily’s main cities, Cefalù offers a slower paced lifestyle and is home to around 14,000 people. Cefalù is greatly known for its Roman Catholic Basilica, one of nine structures included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale. The town of Cefalù also offers long and sandy beaches, perfect for enjoying a nice holiday under the sun and diving in crystal-clear water. To enjoy an even more incredible Cefalù holiday, it is recommended to stay in one of the many private accommodations available, preferably with a sea or beachfront view.
Trekking on Mount Etna.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sicily is home to the world renowned Mount Etna. One of the highest and most active volcanoes in Europe and the world, Mount Etna reaches 3,340 meters above sea level. Perfect for an active family holiday, the volcano offers an incredible variety of landscapes and vegetation all year round and the possibility to hike up and visit its beautiful craters. The Silvestri Craters are two side-by-side inactive craters dating back to the 1893 eruption. The larger crater can be reached on foot through a steep climb lasting about 15 minutes and the smaller crater can be entirely visited both from the outside and inside. A wonderful option for families travelling with children, the Etnaland Adventure Park offers lots of fun in its themepark and Acquapark, as well as educational experiences in its Prehistoric Park and special botanical trail. The park is kid-friendly, offering two children’s areas full of colorful and entertaining attractions, but also giving older guests a thrilling adventure on one of its spectacular amusement rides.
Sightseeing in Agrigento.
One of Sicily’s top sights, Agrigento offers a cultural experience in what was once part of Magna Greacia. Visitors travel from all across the world to visit Agrigento’s amazingly preserved 5th century BC Greek Temples in the large archaeological park known as The Valley of the Temples. A Doric wonder, the valley is surrounded by olive and almond trees and is a unique blend of cultural, environmental and natural landscape. Children will certainly remain fascinated during a trip to the valley as its brings together temples of gods and goddesses as well as an area of the necropolis and sanctuaries. One of the most important testimonies to the ancient and classical culture of Sicily, a few of the most famous temples to visit are: Temples of Heracles, the oldest shrine in the complex; Temple of Concordia, the best preserved Greek temple outside Athens itself and the Temple of Hera.
From its sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, hikes up a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient ruins, a family trip to Sicily guarantees excitement and discovery for each member of the family. Whichever path one may choose, whether it is a beach holiday to Cefalù, and active holiday up Mount Etna or a cultural visit to Agrigento, families will enjoy a wonderful holiday in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich islands in the world.