Often referred to as the ‘crossroads of the Mediterranean’, Sicily has a charm all of its own, despite officially being a region of Italy. With so many ancient empires having stampeded across its length and breadth, Sicily is now an island of such varied influences, including Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Elymians, Romans and Greeks, that it’s considered by some to be one of the most cultured areas in Europe and perfect for a luxury holiday.
The perfect destination for history nerds with less culture-loving sun worshipers in tow, Sicily, the land of the Cyclops, offers endless heritage sites and beaches to keep everybody happy. Heralded by poets and playwrights from Homer onwards, the region is littered with the remnants of bygone eras such as the Temple of Concordia in Agrigento, the ruined columns of Selinunte and the famous satyr of Mazara del Vallo.
While the culture buffs get their glasses in a twist over these truly indescribable monuments, water babies can take advantage of the island’s paradisiacal shores. Particularly popular spots include the picture-perfect Fontane Bianche, the volcanic Golfo di Castellammare and the secret coves and soft sands of Piazza Armerina. The best bit? The water temperatures rarely dip below 15 degrees so you’re almost guaranteed some pleasantly balmy bathing.
Foodies are also going to love this incredible getaway as its absolutely packed with boutique eateries, gourmet food shops and, of course, acres and acres of lush vineyard estates. The area’s cuisine, like its culture, is a myriad of historical influences and includes the spices of the Middle East, the indulgence of the Greeks and the ideal small portions of mainland Italy. As a key producer of vino, cheese, oil and nuts, you’ll never be short on places to grab a quick bite or a seriously sumptuous meal.
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
If you plan on driving during your stay, there are some unique rules and regulations you should be aware of when travelling in Italy. Firstly, drivers are required to keep a high-vis jacket inside the car (usually on display over your seat) to be worn if they break down. Secondly, when driving in more rural areas, you are legally required to have your headlights on, even during the day.
Good to know
- Currency: EUR
Flying time to destination:
3-hours from London
- Best Foodie Hangout: Palermo
- Instagram Opportunity: Mount Etna
Best Time To Travel
|Jan: 9°c||Feb: 9°c||Mar: 10°c|
|Apr: 12°c||May: 15°c||Jun: 19°c|
|Jul: 22°c||Aug: 22°c||Sep: 21°c|
|Oct: 17°c||Nov: 13°c||Dec: 10°c|